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behavior therapy

n.
A form of psychotherapy that uses basic learning techniques to treat mental illness. Also called behavioral therapy, behavior modification.

behavior therapist n.

behav′ior ther`apy


n.
a form of therapy emphasizing techniques for changing behavioral patterns that are maladaptive.
[1955–60]

behavior therapy

A variety of techniques, including aversion therapy, in which a patient is treated by conditioning to remove neuroptic symptoms.
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Noun1.behavior therapy - psychotherapy that seeks to extinguish or inhibit abnormal or maladaptive behavior by reinforcing desired behavior and extinguishing undesired behaviorbehavior therapy - psychotherapy that seeks to extinguish or inhibit abnormal or maladaptive behavior by reinforcing desired behavior and extinguishing undesired behavior
psychotherapy - the treatment of mental or emotional problems by psychological means
assertiveness training - a method of psychotherapy that reinforces you for stating negative and positive feelings directly
aversion therapy - any technique of behavior modification that uses unpleasant stimuli in a controlled fashion to alter behavior in a therapeutic way; primarily used for alcoholism or drug abuse (but with little success)
desensitisation procedure, desensitisation technique, desensitization procedure, desensitization technique, systematic desensitisation, systematic desensitization - a technique used in behavior therapy to treat phobias and other behavior problems involving anxiety; client is exposed to the threatening situation under relaxed conditions until the anxiety reaction is extinguished
flooding, implosion therapy - a technique used in behavior therapy; client is flooded with experiences of a particular kind until becoming either averse to them or numbed to them
reciprocal inhibition, reciprocal-inhibition therapy - a method of behavior therapy based on the inhibition of one response by the occurrence of another response that is mutually incompatible with it; a relaxation response might be conditioned to a stimulus that previously evoked anxiety
token economy - a form of behavior therapy that has been used in some mental institutions; patients are rewarded with tokens for appropriate behavior and the tokens may be cashed in for valued rewards
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After two years, over 75% of the diet alone and behavior therapy participants had regained their original weight, while 50% of the combination diet-therapy had maintained their loss.
Behavior therapy has helped patients learn how to diminish anxiety arising from obsessional thoughts and reduce or eliminate compulsive rituals.
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A total of 71 patients were randomly assigned to undergo 10 weekly, one-hour sessions of cognitive behavior therapy or four, one-hour cognitive behavior therapy sessions over 10 weeks.
Marsha Linehan, PhD, developed dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) in an attempt to devise an effective protocol for highly suicidal women.
The children were randomized into one of four treatment groups--intensive multicomponent behavior therapy, intensive medication management, the combination, and routine community care--and they were followed for 14 months.
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Applied behavior analysis and behavior therapy are now nearly a half century old.

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