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Behavioral Therapy
Behavior Therapy is a treatment approach based on the application of findings from behavioral science research to help improve the quality of life for individuals, couples, families and systems in ways they would like to change. A major assumption is that although the past is significant, the current environment is most important in affecting present behavior. The focus in treatment is to improve self-control by expanding skills and abilities.

Maladaptive Behavior
Behavioral therapy can be a useful treatment tool in an array of mental illnesses and symptoms of mental illness that involve maladaptive behavior, such as:

  • weight management
  • substance abuse
  • aggressive behavior
  • anger management
  • eating disorders
  • phobias
  • development disabilities
  • anxiety disorders
  • stress
  • pain management
  • sexual dysfunction
  • children's social behaviors
  • bipolar disorder

Organic Disorders
Behavioral therapy is also used to treat organic disorders such as incontinence and insomnia by changing the behaviors that might be contributing to these disorders. Behavioral therapy, or behavior modification, is based on the assumption that emotional problems, like any behavior, are learned responses to the environment and can be unlearned. Unlike psychodynamic therapies, it does not focus on uncovering or understanding the un-conscious motivations that may be behind the maladaptive behavior. In other words, behavioral therapists don't try to find out why their patients behave the way they do, they just teach them to change the behavior.

Coping With Life
As an adult, child or adolescent, your life may be hindered by unwanted or excessive emotions such as anxiety, depression, fear or anger. You may also feel burdened by worrisome or disturbing thoughts and unhelpful behaviors such as sleep difficulties, procrastination, anger outbursts and addictive or repetitive behaviors. You may just have difficulty coping with the stress of daily life. Learning or attention disorders may impede your success or the success of your child. Behavior Therapy can help you address these and other roadblocks to achieving success and happiness.

Treatment
Initial treatment sessions are typically spent explaining the basic tenets of behavioral therapy to the patient and establishing a positive working relationship between therapist and patient.

Behavioral therapy is a collaborative, action-oriented therapy, and as such, it empowers patients by giving them an active role in the treatment process. It also discourages overdependence on the therapist, a situation that may occur in other therapeutic relationships. Treatment is typically administered in an out-patient setting and is relatively short compared to other forms of psychotherapy.

Behavioral therapy techniques are sometimes combined with other psychological interventions such as medication. Treatment depends on the individual patient and the severity of symptoms surrounding the behavioral problem.