Behavioural Therapy

Behaviour therapy (BT) is a collective name for several therapies that aim to identify and assist alter potentially self-destructive or harmful habits; especially those associated with mental health issues. It is based on the assumption that all habits are learnt and that harmful ones may be modified. The majority of therapy focuses on existing concerns and seeks to improve them.


What are the problems that can make one seek for behavioural therapy?

Behavioural therapy can help children and adults who are suffering from a variety of diseases. However, the majority of patients seek behavioural therapy to address depression, anxiety, panic disorder, anger difficulties, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, phobias (including social phobias), obsessive-compulsive disorder, self-harm, and drug misuse.

Types of behavioural therapy

There’re four types of behavioural therapy: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Behavioural Play Therapy (CBPT), System Desensitisation (SD), and Aversion Therapy (AT).

cognitive behavioural treatment

 This is a well-known kind of behavioural therapy. It mixes behavioural and cognitive therapy and focuses on how someone’s attitudes and beliefs impact their actions and moods. It frequently focuses on the individual’s present difficulties and how to solve them, with the long-term objective of changing the individual’s thinking and behavioural patterns to healthy ones.

System sensitisation

This is a technique that is frequently used to treat phobias and is mainly based on classical conditioning. It entails teaching the patient to replace a fear reaction to a phobia with relaxation responses. The patient may be taught relaxation and breathing methods, after which the therapist may expose them to their fear in heightened dosages as they practice these skills.

Aversion Therapy is frequently used to address issues like substance misuse and alcoholism. It works by teaching people to link a desired but harmful stimulus with an exceedingly unpleasant sensation that may induce suffering. Associating alcohol with a bad memory is one example of aversion therapy.


Behavioural therapy for children

Applied behaviour therapy and play therapy are both forms of behavioural therapy for children. It entails teaching children several ways to respond to problems in a more positive manner. Positive conduct is rewarded and poor behaviour is punished as a fundamental component of this therapy. Parents play an important role in children’s behavioural therapy because they help to reinforce the lessons gained in the child’s daily life.

Patience is required to help children through behavioural therapy because it may take children some time to trust the therapist. This is normal as children eventually warm up to the therapist if they feel they can express themselves without consequences.

How we can help

Our help involves assessment of your condition and the development and implementation of a behavioural therapy plan.

At your initial behavioural therapy appointment, we will gather information about you and ask you about the issues you want to address. To acquire a better picture of your condition, we’ll question you about your present and previous physical and mental health. We may explore whether you would benefit from alternative types of therapy for your disease, such as drugs, with you.

The first session will also provide you with an opportunity to interview the therapist that we’ll assign to you to see if they’re a good match for you. We believe that having a good “fit” with you therapist can go a long way in helping you get the most benefit from your therapy. This will require you to understand our approach, the type of therapy that is appropriate for you, the goals of your treatment, the length of each session, and how many sessions you’ll need.

During therapy, your therapist will encourage you to talk about your thoughts and feelings, as well as the issues that are bothering you. You should not be concerned if you find it difficult to express your emotions. Your therapist, on the other hand, will assist you in gaining confidence and comfort.

Our behavioural therapy focuses on particular problems with a goal-oriented approach, and as you progress through the sessions, you will be required to do homework, which may include various tasks, reading, or practices that build on what you learn during your regular therapy sessions. You’ll also be encouraged to put what you’re learning into practice in your daily life.

Overall, the therapy sessions will include the following steps:

  • Identification of the situations or conditions in your life that are troubling you.
  • Becoming aware of your thoughts, emotions, and beliefs about the problems troubling you.
  • Identification of negative or inaccurate thinking.
  • Reshaping of the negative or inaccurate thinking.

The length of therapy will be determined by the type of condition being treated, the intensity of the symptoms, how long you’ve had the symptoms or been in the situation, how quickly you make progress, how much stress you’re under, and how much support you receive from family members and others.

Except in extreme cases, all discussions with the therapist we’ll assign to you will be kept strictly secret. Nonetheless, if there is an urgent threat to safety or if the therapist is obligated by law to disclose concerns to authorities, the therapist may breach confidentiality. Threatening to immediately or imminently hurt yourself or take your own life, threatening to immediately or imminently harm or take the life of another person, abusing a child or a vulnerable adult, and being unable to securely care for oneself are examples of these scenarios.

To get the best out of our help, we encourage you to:

  • Approach the therapy as a partnership between you and us.
  • Be honest and open.
  • Stick to your treatment plan.
  • Not expect instant results.
  • Do your homework between sessions.
  • Talk to your therapist if you feel that the therapy isn’t helping you.