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Behavior Therapies


Behavior therapy is an umbrella term for behavioral treatments that can be applied to a variety of psychological symptoms and disorders. Based on the idea that behavior is learned and therefore can be changed, this form of therapy helps identify and change potentially unhealthy or self-destructive behaviors. Treatment focuses on current symptoms and encourages individuals to engage in new, more helpful and adaptive behaviors that can reduce distress and build mastery, self-esteem and positive and/or social reinforcement.

Behavior therapies can play an important role in an overall treatment plan, equipping individuals with needed skills, tools and supports to manage their symptoms and more fully engage in their lives.

Most people who receive behavior therapy see improvement and a reduction of symptoms through use of the skills learned in treatment. They build awareness about their behaviors, fears and obsessions, when and why they happen and how they prevent them from leading a fulfilling life. 

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