Behavioral therapy is based on recognizing that the way we think determines how we feel and behave and how we react physically.
"Behavior" does not just mean the visible activity of an individual but also the internal processes such as feelings, thoughts and physical processes. Over the course of life, everyone learns typical behavioral patterns, attitudes and emotional reactions through personal experience and imitation.
In the development of depression, there are a number of typical patterns of thought and behavior which, together with severe stress or chronic stress, can lead to illness. In therapy, problematic behaviors, patterns of thinking and attitudes are specifically addressed and monitored. With therapy, one is able to change these patterns of behavior. These problemative behaviours are often habitual and unconscious and hinder wellbeing and maintain depression.
The goal of behavioral therapy is, among other things, the acquisition of skills for a more successful and satisfying shaping of social relationships and dealing with one's own feelings. A further goal may be adressing past negative experiences, current crises and difficult life situations.