WHAT IS BEHAVIORAL THERAPY AND PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Behavioral therapy is a process of talk therapy that strives to change a person’s behavior by eliminating undesirable behavior and reinforcing good behavior. When a person goes into therapy with some type of undesirable behavior, the therapist develops a relationship with that client that is directed toward a goal of decreasing or eliminating the symptom of the undesirable behavior and reinforcing positive behaviors. Through this process it is beneficial for the therapist and client to develop a positive mutual understanding and awareness that will lead the client to their goal. A positive therapeutic relationship should be established to bring light to how the existing undesirable behavior originated and the effect the behaviors has had on the client’s personal and social interactions as well as health.
The National Institute of Mental Health defines psychotherapy as “a way to treat people with a mental disorder by helping them understand their illness”. Psychotherapy can improve a person’s life-styles by identifying issues that may create obstacles in their life. Through psychotherapy people can learn to live a more fulfilling life through understanding how their past and present feelings, thoughts, actions, experiences and their future expectations shape their emotions, as well as personal and social interactions. Through the therapeutic relationship the client and therapist explore ways that the client can build a better life.
Behavioral therapy and psychotherapy are used to accomplish similar goals, and through a positive development of a therapeutic relationship a framework for building a positive structure and process of recovery is established.
WILL THERAPY WORK FOR ME?