Behavior therapy focuses on changing the unwanted and self-defeating behavior patterns of the individual through conditioning. In essence, this technique involves the removal of undesirable habits and replacing that behavior with more satisfying and rewarding behavior. Behavior therapy can help an individual to modify the stress response or overcome a crippling phobia.
Cognitive therapy looks at the underlying thought patterns and core beliefs behind unwanted feelings and emotions. The basic idea is that our thoughts about a situation are what create our emotions regarding that situation, and often our thoughts are based on irrational or troublesome core beliefs that we might not even be consciously aware of. An example would be a perfectionist who is suffering anxiety because of all the pressure that they put on themselves. Cognitive therapy can help this person see that they are too rigid in their thinking and that it is irrational to expect to be perfect at all times. It is in a simple way learning to tell yourself the current truth.
Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT) is a combination of the above techniques, and this is the most popular therapy for dealing with depression and anxiety. The idea here is to simultaneously modify thoughts and behaviors to help the individual not only get beyond the negative core beliefs that are holding them back but also change the behavior patterns they have developed in response to those thought patterns. It is often our troublesome behavior that first brings us to therapy, and then, once the therapist has somewhat modified the behavior, the patient is in the position to work on changing the negative thoughts that create the unwanted behavior in the first place. CBT is probably the most impacting talking therapy… it can help change how we think ("Cognitive or Truth") and what we do ("Behaviour or Actions”). These changes can help us to feel better quicker than other talk therapies. CBT focuses on the ‘here and now’ problems and difficulties. Instead of focusing on the causes of your distress or symptoms in the past, it looks for ways to improve your state of mind now. DRay’s effective Life-Change Tools ® and Marriage Life Change Tools ® employ CBT.