Behavioral psychotherapy is an intensive process
of change by which a person, a couple, a group, or a family can modify
one or more behaviors with the objective to feel or function better.
The change may be to bring about the onset of
necessary behaviors, or to increase or diminish the frequency with which
a behavior or a thought occurs. The specialist which is generally
best trained to practice psychotherapy is the clinical psychologist.
In behavioral psychotherapy, all possible human
behaviors, including thought, may be the object of change. Any
situation in life which is troublesome or which impedes the full
functioning of the human being constitutes something for which it is
worthwhile to consult the psychologist.
It is not necessary to wait until the problem
turns into something major to consult the specialist. In fact, it
is logical to consult when what worries you is only a concern, and not
to wait until the problem becomes a psychopathological entity.
All of the problems that usually have an onset in
infancy, such as bedwetting, hyperactivity, attention disorders, tics,
behavioral problems, low academic achievement, problems in socialization
or self-esteem, negativisms and disobediences, problems with feeding,
mannerisms, and many more, deserve psychological treatment to prevent
In similar fashion, the problems of adult life
such as those that are related to the couple, the sexual problems, the
infidelities, separations, divorces and their aftermath, sickness and
terminal illness, death, post-traumatic crises, vocational guidance,
difficulties in studying, at work or in interpersonal relationships, as
well as stress, anxiety, anguish, obsessions and compulsions, fears and
phobias, and the use of some substances, also require the early
intervention of the clinical psychologist so that you may live fully.
The first session of treatment includes sufficient
time for you to fully explain to the specialist the nature of your
problem or your worries. Based on this, you will be asked
questions to clarify concepts, and to determine the magnitude of the
Following this exploration, the clinical
psychologist most likely will give you, if possible, a psychological
explanation of what is occurring, and will also describe to you the type
of therapy recommended for this problem.
The therapeutic process generally includes an
evaluation with psychological tests, and the tallying of the frequency
with which certain events or behaviors occur in your natural
environment, which you have to do right at the time they occur.
The recordings you have to make are very
important, as with them information is obtained which allows to control
your therapeutic process, and the most adequate procedures are
determined to achieve the changes you require. You must bring
these recordings to all your appointments.
Once the objectives of treatment are achieved, it
is better not to immediately terminate the sessions, but to follow a
process by which appointments are gradually spaced. This method is
preferable, because it helps guarantee that the changes achieved are
maintained throughout time.
Once treatment is finished, it is convenient to
have a few follow-up visits every six months, to ensure that the
achieved objectives are maintained at an acceptable level.
Feel free to ask all the questions that you may
wish at any time. For us it is very important that you fully
understand, and that you participate actively in all of your treatment
process. Likewise, in the event of an emergency, contact us at any
time as soon as possible.
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