Behavioral Issues Counseling

A behavioral change can be a temporary or permanent effect that is considered a change in an individual’s behavior when compared to previous behavior. It is sometimes considered a mental health issue, yet it is also a strategy used to improve such issues. Behavior change can refer to any transformation or modification of human behavior.

Five stages of change have been identified for a variety of problem behaviors.The five stages of change are precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance. The theories of change support interventions by describing how behaviors develop and change over time.

Behavior Modification

Behavior modification is a treatment approach that replaces undesirable behaviors with more desirable ones by using the principles of reinforcement. Behavior is modified with consequences, including positive and negative reinforcement to increase desirable behavior, or administering positive and negative punishment to reduce problematic behavior.

Behavior Management

Similar to behavior modification, behavior management is a less-intensive form of behavior therapy. Unlike behavior modification, which focuses on changing behavior, behavior management focuses on maintaining positive habits and behaviors and reducing negative ones. This form of management aims to help professionals oversee and guide behavior management in individuals and groups toward fulfilling, productive, and socially acceptable behaviors. Behavior management can be accomplished through modeling, rewards, or punishment.

Examples of Behavior Change

Reducing drinking. Reduction in stress, anxiety, depression and increasing a sense of subjective well-being. Increasing physical activity and exercise. Improving nutrition. Change is a complex and often challenging process but can be accomplished with motivation, support, and an individualized plan to make the changes.