What is Behavioral Counseling?
Behavioral therapy is an overall term for types of therapy used to treat mental health disorders. This kind of therapy identifies and helps change self-destructive or unhealthy behaviors. The basis of behavioral therapy is that all behaviors are learned and that unhealthy behavior can be adjusted. Behavioral therapy focuses on current problems and how to fix them.
Who Benefits from Behavioral Therapy?
Most people seek behavioral therapy treatment for the following:
- Panic disorders
- Anger issues
It can also be useful for:
- Eating disorders
- Substance abuse
- Bipolar disorder
Types of Behavioral Therapy
There various types of behavioral therapy. These include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy: Centers around someone’s thoughts and beliefs to influence their actions and moods.
- Cognitive behavioral play therapy: This is commonly used with children. A therapist will watch children play to gain insight into what they are uncomfortable expressing or what they struggle to express.
- System desensitization: This relies heavily on classical conditioning. It’s often used to treat phobias, as people are taught to replace a fear response with relaxation responses.
- Aversion therapy: Aversion therapy is often used to treat problems like substance abuse. It teaches patients to associate a stimulus that is tempting but unhealthy with an unpleasant stimulus.
Contact the Family Counseling Center
If you, or someone you love, suffers from a mental illness or substance abuse problem, behavioral therapy could be the answer. Contact the Family Counseling Center in Salt Lake City, Utah to make a behavioral therapy appointment with one of our licensed therapists.