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 The local group raised $17 million and Roca was given four years to try what some considered a radical approach using extensive outreach, behavior therapy and job training. Yvonne Wenger, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore man says he’s ‘a young Black brother pushing for greatness’ with help from a local anti-violence group," 15 Oct. 2020 Over an eight-week period, 70 children will receive behavior therapy using videoconferencing technology, and 23 therapists will remain employed while receiving hands-on training in telehealth. Laura Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "For the first time, telemedicine is surging in San Antonio," 7 May 2020 Also sometimes effective is a type of cognitive behavior therapy called Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). Marisa Cohen, Good Housekeeping, "How to Help Someone With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder," 23 Apr. 2020 Therapy is the backbone of treatment for depression, Ho says, specifically cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), often paired with medication. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "How You Can Help Someone Battling Depression," 23 Apr. 2020 Her obsessive-compulsive disorder, usually kept at bay with cognitive behavior therapy, is emerging with fervor. Beth Spotswood, SFChronicle.com, "Our mental state gets strained in times of crisis — and it happens to a lot of us," 22 Apr. 2020 Family counseling, behavior therapy and other options may help. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Mom should keep daughter from friend’s toxic household," 22 Apr. 2020 It’s used for cognitive behavior therapy, trauma therapy, medicine prescribing. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Telepsychiatry will be the new norm thanks to the pandemic," 26 Mar. 2020 Others might have stress or anxiety that leads to insomnia, which could respond to cognitive behavior therapy and better sleep hygiene. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Mixing less than 6 hours of sleep with chronic disease is deadly combo," 2 Oct. 2019

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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 25 Oct. 2020.

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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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