Behavioural Therapy

Behaviour therapy began in the 1950s and early 1960s as a response to Psychoanalytic therapy. Behaviour therapy typically is best understood as a combination of 3 key components.

These include:

  • Classical conditioning,
  • Operant conditioning
  • The new cognitive trend in behaviour therapy.

This new cognitive trend includes the thinking processes, attitudes and values which typically impact an individual. Generally speaking behaviour therapy tends to view human beings and behaviour with the assumption that humans are a product of their sociocultural conditioning and environment. As a result, behaviour therapists utilize therapy through a systematic and structured approach.

Most of the characteristics involving Behaviour therapy focus on changing maladaptive behaviours through systematically applied concepts. Behaviour therapy also looks at the current problems and the factors influencing them and emphasizes overt behaviour changes more than the underlying unconscious processes.

Therapy Techniques

Typically, treatment goals are more concrete and objective with a strong focus on measuring progress over time. Ultimately, the goal of therapy is to create new learning and/or new conditions for learning that will ultimately impact the problem behaviour. This usually occurs after formulating goals which can be measured.

Some of the classic behaviour therapy concepts include: Relaxation Training and related methods, Systematic Desensitized, Modeling, Assertion training and self-management programs including self-directed behaviour.

How We Can Help

Insight has several therapists trained in Behavioural therapy with offices in Edmonton, Red Deer, Spruce Grove and Calgary. Please call today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.