Compare and Contrast

Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Behavioral Therapy

Behavioral therapy focuses on changing potentially self-harming behaviors. During behavioral therapy, a therapist will create a treatment plan that is custom for each client. Whether your dealing with depression or even substance abuse, behavioral therapy is the road to a better life. The goal of behavioral therapy is to replace bad habits with good ones. Therefore through behavioral therapy a client can learn how to cope with difficult situations (Corey, 2013, p. 247).

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of therapy that is short term and goal oriented. While in cognitive behavioral therapy, a therapist will use a hands on approach to help the client solve problems. The goal of cognitive behavioral therapy is to change the clients pattern of thinking in difficult situations. By changing the pattern the client can then change the way that they feel (Corey, 2013, p. 291).

Together or Separate?

Everyone loves a good combination. Whether it is hamburgers and fries or movies and popcorn. Combinations can be a very useful thing even in therapy. Recently it has been discovered that cognitive behavioral therapy and behavioral therapy can be combined. Here is how it works, the therapist will use problem solving techniques to help refocus potentially self-harmful behaviors. This new form of therapy is referred to as the "third wave" of behavioral therapy (Corey, 2013, p. 268). Simply because until recently behavioral therapists have been limited in the areas of emotional expressions and helping the client in the present moment. However, cognitive behavioral therapy and behavioral therapy can still be done separately from one another. Therapy is a client based service that is created custom to each client's need and situation.

Do you deal with procrastination?

We are all guilty of procrastination from time to time. Most of us choose to procrastinate due to lack of interest in the task that needs to be done. Others choose to procrastinate simply because they forget. One way to treat procrastination is by cognitive behavioral therapy. Since cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on changing the way that we solve problems, procrastination is a problem that can be fixed. If you were to attend a cognitive behavioral therapy session you could expect the therapist to use the Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) model. When a therapist uses the REBT model they are able help resolve emotional and behavioral problems and help the client work towards a healthier way of living. Therefore, procrastination is a behavior that is not desired by many. In therapy a therapist would use the ABC model to help redirect the procrastination. The first step would be to address the cause of the procrastination. The second step would be to examine the behaviors that lead up to the choice to procrastinate. After the therapist and the client have determined what is causing the procrastination and what behaviors influence the decision to procrastinate the final step can be put into play. The final step is to look at the consequences that follow decision to procrastinate (Ziegler, 2001). By following these steps, procrastination can be conquered and overcome. This is just a simple example of how cognitive behavioral therapy can help you overcome procrastination.


Corey, G. (2013). Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy (Ninth ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning.

Ziegler,D. (2001). The possible place of cognitive appraisal in the abc model underlying rational emotional behavioral therapy. Journal of Rational-Emotional & Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, 19(3), 137-152. Retrieved from