Behavioral Therapy Vs Cognitive Therapy

Decent Essays

Behavioral therapy coexists with cognitive therapy, or does it? After researching the two psychological therapies I was able to pinpoint the similarities and dissimilarities of the two.It is easy for both therapies to be confused and not presume the other (Knot). Both therapies are often used interchangeably to differentiate them from conventional forms of therapy. After years of being labeled as the same the two have finally been distinguished as separate (Knot).
Behavioral therapy is a treatment that helps to change self-destructing behaviors. Behavioral modification or cognitive behavioral therapies are other names for behavioral therapy (Gotter). This type of therapy focuses on how to change current problems. The idea is that all behaviors …show more content…

The person repeatedly imagines any fears until they are no longer afraid (Gotter).
Aversion therapy is often used for substance abuse and alcoholism. It teaches people to associate a stimulus that is desirable, but unhealthy with an extremely unpleasant stimulus (Gotter). The unpleasant stimulus is something that

causes extreme discomfort. For example, one may associate alcohol with an upsetting memory (Gotter). Basically, the idea of this therapy believes that new behavior can replace addictions or obsessions.
Is behavioral therapy effective? Yes, behavioral therapy is very effective and it treats numerous disorders. Studies show that about 75% of people who enter behavioral therapy experience benefits from treatment (Gotter). However, it seems to be most effective when treating general stress, anxiety, anger control, depression, substance abuse, and eating disorders (Gotter).
What is cognitive therapy? Cognitive therapy is a type of psychotherapy that was developed by American Psychiatrist Aaron T. Beck in the 1960s. It is one of the larger group of behavioral cognitive therapies widely used (WiseGeek).
Cognitive therapy aims to treat depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance …show more content…

Treatment isn’t as simple as one may assume. When I first began reading about the treatment plan for cognitive therapy I was baffled because I thought it seemed very simple. My perception of it was that all a therapist or anyone for that matter, just needed to make someone think of a happy time and all would slowly be good. Needless, to say I was totally wrong! Although, patients are pushed to think of happy times it is a time consuming process. People vary, which is why for some this process comes easy to where as others it is difficult. I learned that people who find it difficult are those who would like immediate relief. Also, it is tough for some people to learn new skills as it is, so the thought of having to learn new skills to change negative thoughts may initially be extremely hard

(WiseGeek). If one applies himself while using this therapy it can be well worth the tasks.
Overall, what makes behavioral therapy different from cognitive therapy?
Originally, cognitive therapy was used solely for the treatment of depression. It wasn’t until later that Dr. Aaron Beck and other researchers went on to

Get Access