Behavior Therapy and CBT

Similarities and Differences

Similarities Between Behavior Therapy and CBT

  • Same mechanism of change (Cognitive and Behavioral) (Corey, 2013, p. 250).
  • Short-term treatments, which are goal-oriented (ABCT, 2015, n.p.).
  • Client has power to choose positive thoughts and behaviors (ABCT, 2015, n.p.).
  • Develop goals and track progress (ABCT, 2015, n.p.).

Differences Between Behavior Therapy and CBT

  • CBT focuses on the ways a person's thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are connected (ABCT, 2015, n.p.).
  • CBT suggests that many of our emotions are the result of our thinking (ABCT, 2015, n.p.).
  • CBT critically evaluates thoughts (ABCT, 2015, n.p.).
  • Behavior Therapy focuses on manipulating the external environment and physiological internal environment to promote change (Kot, 2015, n.p.).
  • Behavioral techniques will vary, but focus mostly on how thoughts/behaviors may get "rewarded" in someone's environment (ABCT, 2015, n.p.).

Goals of Behavior Therapy and CBT

Behavior: "Increase personal choice and to create new conditions for learning" (Corey, 2013, p. 252). "Continual assessment throughout therapy determines the degree to which identified goals are being met" (Corey, 2013, p. 252).
CBT: ""Teaching clients how to separate the evaluation of their behaviors and the evaluations of themselves" (Corey, 2013, p. 295). "In cognitive therapy, the aim is to identify specific measurable goals and move directly into the areas that are causing the most difficulty for clients" (Corey, 2013,

How To Beat Procrastination!

I believe CBT is the best treatment approach for procrastination.
  • Create small goals to help from feeling overwhelmed
  • Set prioritized tasks
  • Use your personal schedule to your advantage
  • Finish the easy tasks at the earliest convenience
  • Set timers and alarms to increase the pressure

(Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Los Angeles, 2013, n.p.)


Following these tips will help you overcome dealing with procrastination!