Behavior vs. Cognitive Behavioral


Behavior Therapy

Behavior Therapy is the focuses on behavior, current determinants of behavior, learning experiences that promote change, treatment strategies for clients, and assessments and evaluation.

Goals of treatment:

  • increase personal choice
  • create new conditions for learning
  • positive reinforcement

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on examining the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

Goals of treatment:

  • teach clients how to separate evaluation of their behaviors from the evaluation of themselves
  • how to accept themselves
  • to change dysfunctional emotions and behaviors to healthy ones
  • difference between realistic goals and unrealistic goals

2 in 1

Both Behavior and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy are based on structured psycho-educational model, emphasize the role of homework, responsibility to keep up with therapy sessions. These therapies helps clients understand themselves and the world around them.

Operant conditioning, modeling, and behavioral rehearsal can be applied to both therapies to help clients.

Treatment for procrastination

Behavior Therapy would be used for procrastination treatment because the client could use negative and positive reinforcers to motivate themselves to get things done right away. There are self-management programs that help a client set up goals and achieve them. Behavior Therapy is used to observe behavior which in this case procrastination.