Behavioural therapies explore feelings, thoughts, emotions and how we act
Behavioural therapies are based on the way you think and the way you behave. Therapists recognise that it is possible to change our thoughts or behaviour to overcome specific issues.
You may be struggling with self-destructive or unhealthy behaviours which are causing you distress. Often the focus of behavioural therapies is on current issues and what you can do to change them. Counsellors view behaviours as learnt and therefore can be unlearnt through therapy. There are different types of behavioural therapies explore thoughts and feelings that lead to behaviours or vice versa – to better understand and overcome them.
It can be particularly beneficial to people struggling with anxiety, depression, panic, phobias, obsessive behaviours and addiction.
Types of behavioural therapies
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
This talking therapy helps people explore and understand how their thoughts, emotions and behaviours can all influence one another and sustain an unhelpful cycle. Exploring learnt behaviours, habits and negative thought patterns with the view of adapting and turning them into a positive. CBT counsellors work with clients to set achievable goals and make positive changes such as learning coping skills for managing different issues. Read more about CBT.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
CBT focuses on how your thoughts, feelings and behaviour influence each other. While DBT does work on these things, the emphasis is given more towards regulating emotions, being mindful, living in the moment and improving relationships with others.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
People learn to accept their feelings and recognise them appropriate responses to certain situations that should not prevent them from moving forward in their lives. With this understanding, they can commit to making necessary changes in their behaviour.
Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
Connects ideas from analytic psychology with those from cognitive therapy. Looking at past events and experiences, the therapy aims to understand why a person feels, thinks and behaves the way they do, before helping them move forward and develop new ways of coping.