Behavioral and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Behavioral Therapy

Behavioral Therapy is focused on directly observable behavior, current determinants of behavior, leaning experiences that promote change, tailoring treatment strategies to individual clients, and rigorous assessment and evaluation (Corey, 2103).

The goal of behavioral therapy is for the client to learn how to change and maintain their behavior without the guidance of the therapist.

Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy

Both therapies share the attributes: (1) a collaborative relationship between the therapist and client (2) the premise that psychological distress is a largely a function of disturbance in cognitive processes, (3) a focus on changing cognitions to produce desired changes in affect and behavior, (4) a present-centered, time-limited focus, (5) an active and directive stance by the therapist, and (6) an educational treatment focusing on specific and structured target problems (Corey, 2013).

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy emphasizes on how and what the client is feeling. Rational emotive behavior therapy was the first of the cognitive behavior therapies, and today it continues to be a major cognitive behavioral approach (Corey, 2103). The goal of the cognitive behavioral therapy is for the client and therapist to get to the reality of their feelings and how they can change it.


Both Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy are based on the assumption that a reorganization of one's self-statements will result in a corresponding reorganization of one's behavior. Behavioral techniques such as operant conditioning, modeling, and behavioral rehearsal can be applied to the more subjective processes of thinking and internal dialogue ( Corey, 2013).

Stop Procrastination

I think that cognitive therapy is the best treatment approach for procrastination. Procrastination is a cognitive behavior, there something the client is thinking about that's causing him to keep putting his homework off til the last minute. The client will watch television instead of reading his assignment. Since cognitive therapy works with repeat responses, I would encourage the client to leave home and go to a library to do assignments. There are not any televisions that can distract the client. After client has made this a routine, it will become habit.


Corey,G. (2013). Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy (9th ed). Belmont,CA. Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning.