Behavioural psychotherapy is particularly effective for anxiety, panic, phobias, obsessive-compulsive problems and various kinds of social or sexual difficulty.
Maladaptive behaviour is learnt in response to past experience, and according to the same principles that govern all learning, it can be un-learnt or reconditioned through association, without analysing the past to find the reason for the behaviour, and new adaptive behaviours learned.
The emergence of behaviour therapies in the 1950s represented a radical departure from psychoanalysis. Behavioural therapies focus on how behaviour originated problems, and on the environmental factors that maintain it.
The therapist encourages the individuals to become self-analytical, looking at events occurring before, during, and after the problem behaviour takes place. Strategies are then developed and employed to replace the problem behaviour with new, more adaptive behaviours (199).
Techniques of Behavioural therapy based upon the principles of classical conditioning include Relaxation training, Systematic desensitisation, Graded and cue exposure, Exposure and response prevention, Self-exposure / client-directed exposure instructions; Therapist-assisted exposure; Group exposure; Social skills training, Habituation, Operant conditioning. Covert sensitisation, positive, non-aversive, behavioural-change strategies are available.
Behavioural therapy is recommended for phobias, compulsive and obsessive behaviours, and addictions. If you require help and advice Counselling and Psychotherapy may be provided via Skype and FaceTime in the comfort of your home, office or any place of your choice.