Effectiveness of Behavioral Therapy
How effective is behavioral therapy? Behavioral therapies are evidence-based and highly effective. The effectiveness of behavioral therapy can best be measured by the benefits of treatment.
Benefits of Behavioral Therapy
The benefits of behavioral therapy can vary from person to person. Common benefits include:
- Reduction of distressing symptoms
- Learned and practiced behavioral modification
- Greater sense of empowerment and control
Limitations of Behavioral Therapy
Limitations of behavioral therapy are largely dependent on the expected outcome of treatment and one’s readiness for change. If one has a variety of barriers to treatment, it can be difficult to maintain perseverance. Behavioral therapy can help address symptoms of a broad range of conditions, but with complex conditions such as PTSD, additional treatment modalities are usually required.
Behavioral therapy approaches often benefit from the use of complementary therapies to support recovery and healing. Treatments such as biofeedback and relaxation strategies can be helpful in a holistic approach to healing. Mind/body techniques, such as meditation and progressive muscle relaxation, can also benefit those who are participating in behavioral therapy.