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Behavioral Modfication Therapy And Mental Health Awareness


This post is sponsored by BetterHelp. 

For most, behavior modification comes naturally. As toddlers, our behaviors were often modified through praise or negativity. If we listened to adults, we would receive a toy, food, etc. If we failed to follow the rules, we often were met with punishment. This type of behavior conditioning extended as we became students: whether it was classroom behavior, grades, or home expectations.

Soon, we became conditioned to receive the smiley face sticker, reward, or A+ if we did what was asked. We even know this works in pets, as showcased by Ivan Pavlov, who showcased behavior modification with animals through his 1890's research. Later researched by B.F. Skinner, behavioral techniques and modifications are still being worked out today. 

Yet, behavior modification doesn't come easy for all. Those with disorders, phobias, and disruptive behavior struggle and challenge the techniques that others easy accept. These persons might need a form of therapy to help them with the challenges they face. Using professionals who guide individuals through behavior modification therapy can help correct or redirect some of these challenges. 

What is Behavior Modification? 

It is the theory that unwanted behaviors can be changed by replacing or changing an individual's environment/ context to decrease unwanted behavior and increase desired behavior. 

In the past, we most likely think of children who struggle with emotional outbursts due to situational or medical needs. There is much need for behavior therapy amid adults who struggle with mental or emotional health disorders, including anger, ADHD, and fears/ anxieties. 

Aggressive behaviors, lack of impulse control, and fears usually cannot be controlled with regular behavioral methods, so individuals must turn towards the help of behavioral specialists and therapists.  These specialists help coach and challenge the individual to overcome the consequences of negative behaviors through therapy. 

Behavior Modification Therapy

Therapists can work with clients so that methods can be created to counteract the effects of unwanted behavior. Eventually, individuals might learn how to replace these negative patterns with positive modifications so that the unwanted behavior disappears. 

Whether the person is a child or adult, behavior modification therapy can replaced unwanted behaviors with a desired outcome. As children and adults continue to face the effects of the Pandemic, some of these undesired behaviors related to anxiety, depression, ADHD, and fear will continue to rise. Don't wait too long to address these behaviors, otherwise it will be harder to regain control of mental health and stability. 

Finding Help

BetterHelp therapists can assist families with behavioral modification therapy in ways that are safe and effective. While most might turn to search engines to find out more information, BetterHelp has several resources that can help understand the behavior modification therapy approach. 

Before starting any therapy, it's important to reflect or discuss with your family the type of therapy being sought out, its effects on your family's lifestyle (emotional, physical, situational), and even desired outcomes from receiving this therapy.  

Interested in learning more about behavior modification therapy?  Click here to read about behavior modification models and techniques that could be used by your own therapist. BetterHelp does a great job at explaining the models and techniques used so that clients can understand the positives and negatives of this therapy before connecting with their therapist. 

If it is time for you or your family member to address unwanted behavior, BetterHelp is available to assist your family in your own time, through the phone or virtual visits.  BetterHelp Therapists are trained, certified professionals ready to assist whenever you need. Schedule Appointments, Log-In, and Connect to your new therapist from home, or wherever you might be. 


  1. Great post about the importance of reworking behavioral conditioning along with a therapist. Especially relevant for those of us struggling with our mental health! -Saimah


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