Behavioral Therapy ( Bt ) And Cognitive Therapy

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Behavioral Therapy (BT) and Cognitive Therapy (CT) are two of the most common therapies used my psychologists/therapists today. In this paper I will be discussing how BT and CT approach the many aspects of the therapeutic process, including, but not limited to, the focus of the therapy and how the therapist approaches a client’s problems. As a conclusion, I will be comparing the overall beliefs and practices of cognitive and behavioral therapies.

What is Behavioral Therapy? Before I dive into what scholars say about BT, I will look into what Behavioral Therapy is at a basic level. “Behavioral therapy practitioners focus on directly observable behavior, current determinants of behavior, learning experiences that promote change, tailoring treatment strategies to individual clients, and rigorous assessment and evaluation” (Corey, 2013, p. 227). There is strong evidence for the effectiveness of behavioral therapy as it has been able to treat a wide range of psychological disorders since its origin in the 1950s and early 1960s. The general practice of behavior therapy is one of the most common therapies used among therapists today, but, “it is difficult to find a consensus on the definition of behavior therapy because the field has grown, become more complex, and is marked by a diversity of views” (Corey, 2013). The general ideas and practices of behavior therapy have stood the test of time and many therapists have expanded on the original individual behavioral approach to…
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