Similarities & Differences

Behavior Therapy vs. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


-Therapist and client work together with a mutual understanding how the therapy will go

-Therapist seeks to help the client discover they are powerful and capable of positive behaviors

-Therapist and client develops goals for therapy together

-Treatment is goal oriented


In behavior therapy, the primary focus is the manipulation of the external environment and physiological internal environment to cause behavior change. The goals of behavior therapy is to increase a person's engagement in positive or socially reinforcing activities.

Cognitive therapy considers thinking as the factor for change. The primary causal attribution of most relevant behavior is cognition. The goals of treatment involve identifying distorted thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviors.

Cognitive behavior therapy seems to be the choice when it comes to procrastination. To get on track and achieve the goals set, there are a few things that need to be involved:

Functional analysis, mindfulness of ineffective urges, activity scheduling, cognitive restricting, and the list goes on.