Behavior modification therapy is an overarching term to describe a broad range of techniques used to replace negative behavior patterns with the desired behavior. It is about replacing unwanted behaviors with more desirable ones.
Behavior is learned and is a product of conditioning. Behavior modification therapy can help you learn how to change your behavioral responses to different situations. This is based on the belief that some of your behaviors develop from things you learned in the past, but that impact your current life in a negative manner.
The focus of behavior modification therapy is to learn how to change your behavior reactions to situations so that your reactions don’t cause you more distress.
The focus isn’t on talking through unconscious reasons for your behavior. The idea is to provide you with direct behavioral changes that will help you right now by encouraging desired behaviors and discouraging undesired behaviors.
This can be really helpful if your depression is keeping you from doing necessary things in your everyday life, like going to work. Behavior modification therapy can help you address and change challenging behaviors that negatively impact your life.
Behavior modification therapy is not normally a first-line treatment for depression, but it can be used to help relieve some of the symptoms associated with depression, like avoidance behaviors. It can also help with co-occurring issues, such as ADHD and OCD, which have some symptoms that overlap with the symptoms of depression.