Therapy Classes

Behavior Therapy & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Behavior Therapy & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Behavioral therapy is used by psychotherapists, psychiatrists, and other qualified medical professionals. It is usually used to help treat anxiety and mood disorders.

This treatment can help patients cope with certain mental disorders. It can also be used to treat:

Autism, personality disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, social phobia, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, and eating disorders.

Treatment goals will include: discussions about coping mechanisms, role playing, breathing and relaxation methods, positive reinforcement, activities to promote focus, journal writing, social skills training, and modifications in responses to anger, fear, and pain.


Cherney, K. (2013). Behavioral therapy. Retrieved April 19, 2015 from

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of treatment that focuses on examining the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

Treatment can help by exploring patterns of thinking that lead to self-destructive actions and the beliefs that direct these thoughts, people with mental illness such as mood disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar, and psychosis.

Treatment goals will include focus on two specific tasks: cognitive restructuring, in which the therapist and patient work together to change thinking patterns, and behavioral activation in which patients learn to overcome obstacles to participating in enjoyable activities, the immediate present: what and how a person thinks more than why a person thinks that way, specific problem behaviors and problem thinking are identified, prioritized, and specifically addressed, define goals for each session as well as longer-term goals. Longer-term goals may take several weeks or months to achieve, and also uses structured learning experiences that teach patients to monitor and write down their negative thoughts and mental images, which goal is to recognize how those ideas affect their mood, behavior, and physical condition. Therapists also teach important coping skills, such as problem solving and scheduling pleasurable experiences.


Duckworth,K., Freedman, J.(2012). Cognitive behavioral therapy .April 19, 2015 from Cognitive behavioral therapy. Retrieved April 19, 2015 from

I would use behavioral therapy for procrastination. For procrastination can have high costs: It has been related with depression, guilt, low exam grades, anxiety, neuroticism, irrational thinking, cheating and low self-esteem. As a result, procrastination probably accounts for much of why many never realize their full potential and so it can be an extremely disabling psychological condition.

The key thing is to realize what the individual said themselves at the time in order to justify the procrastination. These are: 1) becoming aware of one's procrastination, 2) developing goal-directed behavior to carry out the tasks on which one is currently procrastinating, 3) making a commitment to tolerate the anticipated short-term discomfort to achieve the longer-term goal, and 4) persisting in this anti-procrastinating outlook or approach. Using a client from his own coaching practice.


Pychyl, T.(2008). Tacking procrastination. Retrieved April 19, 2015 from

Every Wednesday at Baker College

Class will start at 5 pm

Joann Johnson, Sigmund Freud, & Masters Johns

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