behavior therapy

noun
variants: or behavioral therapy or behavior modification or behavioral modification

Definition of behavior therapy

: psychotherapy that is concerned with the treatment (as by desensitization or aversion therapy) of observable behaviors rather than underlying psychological processes and that applies principles of learning to substitute desirable responses and behavior patterns for undesirable ones (such as phobias or obsessions) — compare cognitive therapy

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Other Words from behavior therapy

behavior therapist or behavioral therapist noun

Examples of behavior therapy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Under a possible arrangement, BCBS will offer an in-network rate for its clinical services, including behavior therapy, medication support, and speech therapy. Mario Aguilar, STAT, 3 Apr. 2021 Caldwell added that cognitive behavior therapy also can help people reduce the psychological impacts of their tinnitus. Dallas News, 21 July 2021 Fuchs has tried a cognitive behavior therapy called exposure and response prevention, but her busy boxing schedule has prevented her from fully investing in the process. Greg Beacham, Star Tribune, 21 June 2021 Gomez, who shared her bipolar disorder diagnosis in an Instagram Live with Miley Cyrus last year, also discussed the positive impact of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) in maintaining her mental health. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, 22 June 2021 So the protocol is behavior therapy and counseling. Steve Lopez Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 1 May 2021 Dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT, emphasizes communication and relationship-building between prison staff and youth inmates. Rob Mentzer, Star Tribune, 26 Apr. 2021 Its services, which are currently available in California and Massachusetts for kids aged 3 to 17, include behavior therapy, speech therapy, and medication support. Mario Aguilar, STAT, 3 Apr. 2021 However, graded exercise therapy and cognitive behavior therapy have remained the dominant and deeply entrenched interventions for ME/CFS in the U.K., where this approach first emerged three decades ago. David Tuller, STAT, 17 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of behavior therapy

1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Behavior therapy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/behavior%20therapy. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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behavior therapy

noun
variants: or behavioral therapy or behavior modification or behavioral modification

Medical Definition of behavior therapy

: psychotherapy that is concerned with the treatment (as by desensitization or aversion therapy) of observable behaviors rather than underlying psychological processes and that applies principles of learning to substitute desirable responses and behavior patterns for undesirable ones (such as phobias or obsessions) — compare cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy

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