Behavioral therapy is an umbrella term for types of therapy that treat mental health disorders. This form of therapy seeks to identify and help change potentially self-destructive or unhealthy behaviors. It functions on the idea that all behaviors are learned and that unhealthy behaviors can be changed. The focus of treatment is often on current problems and how to change them.
Behavioral therapy can benefit people with a wide range of disorders.
People most commonly seek behavioral therapy to treat:
- panic disorders
- anger issues
It can also help treat conditions and disorders such as:
- eating disorders
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- bipolar disorder
- phobias, including social phobias
- obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- substance abuse
This type of therapy can benefit adults and children.