WHAT ARE THE BEHAVIOUR THERAPIES IN MENTAL HEALTH?

ACCREDITED SENIOR PSYCHOTHERAPIST/COUNSELLOR -Dr.Fawzy Masaoud-LONDON, ENGLAND

It is so useful in our life to read some simple information about behaviour therapies.

BEHAVIOUR THERAPIES

The basic
assumption of behavioural therapy is that maladaptive behaviour is a learned
way of coping with stress, and that these learned behaviours can be unlearned
and replaced with more efficient forms of behaviour. According to the
behaviourists, it is not enough to simply change a person’s attitude in
therapy, for even if one develops healthier mental attitudes, one’s behaviour
does not necessarily change. I might develop the attitude that violence and
aggression are abhorrent and counterproductive ways of dealing with stress, yet
as soon as I am stressed, I might still automatically have violent outbursts.

The
behaviourist’s main aim therefore is to modify behaviour through therapy.

The therapist’s technique of modifying the client’s behaviour is largely based on learning theory, such as classical and operant conditioning

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