Behavioral Therapy

Behavioral therapy is a scientifically recognized form of psychotherapy that we use successfully at start :.

What is behavior therapy?

In behavioral therapy, we assume that behavioral patterns (including emotional reactions) develop in a person's individual learning history. In unfavorable development conditions or in critical life situations, people adapt their behavior to help themselves and to survive these conditions. This behavior can, however, solidify and become an obstacle in changing living conditions.

This is where behavioral therapy can help. You decide which paths you want to leave and your psychotherapist supports you in formulating specific goals, finding alternative ways and communicating strategies for implementation.

A scientific orientation is also one of the key features of behavioral therapy, so you can be sure that you will always be supported by the latest scientific developments.

Behavioral therapy methods

Further development is part of the scientific focus. Based on the basic idea of ​​behavioral therapy, new therapy methods are constantly being developed and researched. This allows psychotherapists to choose from a large pool of scientifically recognized behavioral therapy methods that best suit their complaints, goals and ideas.

Here you will find a selection of methods that psychotherapists at start: specialize in:

Tension between acceptance and change

Dialectical-behavioral therapy is the form of therapy of choice for borderline personality disorders. However, it is also used in the treatment of other mental disorders where the focus is on dealing with intense feelings.

Often, those affected have experienced conditions in which their expressions of emotion were negated or punished. This hinders the development of dealing with emotions and the emotions can become very intense.

A central feature of DBT is the combination of self-acceptance with intensive work on your own behavior. The treatment helps sufferers to refine their perception of their thoughts, feelings and needs and to develop an accepting attitude towards themselves. In addition, skills for dealing with emotions are developed and practiced in skills training.

Work with inner parts

Scheme therapy is a procedure that has proven particularly useful in long-term disorders.

The concept assumes that important needs were violated in childhood or adolescence, which is why an inner conflict developed. So-called maladaptive schemas contain painful memories and harmful behaviors that can also become active in adult life.


Scheme therapy identifies such schemes so that they can be dealt with more consciously and more helpfully as “healthy adults”.

Overcoming the wall of ongoing depression

CBASP (Cognitive Behavioural Analysis System of Psychotherapy) has proven itself in persistent depression and is used particularly when the stress caused by interpersonal problems seems to be the main trigger.

The person affected has faced unfavorable relationship experiences in childhood and adolescence. In adulthood, those affected often have the feeling that they cannot actively determine the environment, that they are helpless in or passed out by.

To analyze specific Situations helps you to examine difficult interpersonal situations in more detail and to find new ways outside the "legacy" of the coinage. In this way, CBASP helps you to be able to act - even in challenging situations.

Develop the courage to live according to your own ideas

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can be used for a variety of ailments - in particular, paralyzing worries and anxiety are addressed with ACT.

The basic idea of ​​this approach is to develop a new attitude towards uncomfortable feelings and thoughts. This attitude enables you to pursue the goals and values ​​that are important in your life despite your fear.

This also reduces anxiety and worry, but through an indirect mechanism. The idea is to put up with the fear and worries for a short time in order to achieve a higher goal and feel better in the long term.

Perceive and act consciously

Mindfulness can be used for a variety of ailments, such as stress-related disorders and persistent or recurring stressful feelings.

Being in the moment, here and now, instead of getting lost in the past or the future - that is the goal of mindfulness. Mindfulness exercises and meditation train the ability to draw attention to the present moment. Unpleasant thoughts and feelings can be dealt with by looking at it from more distance. Behavioral automatisms are also perceived more consciously and can be interrupted more easily, making you more capable of acting.

This enables conscious and effective coping with stressful situations and difficult living conditions.

Influence the tension

Anxiety and stress create a lot of muscle tension in many people and often result in painful tension or headaches. Learning the ability to relax consciously helps physical and mental health.

Progressive muscle relaxation leads to a relaxation of the muscles by consciously tensing and relaxing individual muscle groups and thus to a physical and psychological sense of calm.

Through regular training, tension can be released, tension headache is reduced and the general level of strain decreases.

Conscious relaxation through your own imagination

Autogenic training is a relaxation process that is used to reduce stress levels. In addition, it has been shown to be effective in treating chronic pain such as back pain.

You will be instructed to focus your attention on different areas of the body and to imagine sensations, such as warmth and heaviness in the arm. This succeeds after some practice - the arm actually feels warm and heavy, which results in a feeling of relaxation.

In this way you develop the ability to consciously influence certain body processes and to affect your well-being.

Make conflicts visible and manage them

Do you know the expression "to no longer see the wood for the trees"? When a conflict happens in one's own relationship or family, the view is often less clear than for conflicts that do not affect us. The establishment of relationships counteracts this known effect.

The establishment of relationships is a systemic method that is often used in the family and partnership area.

“Representatives” are selected for you and your family members and arranged in relation to each other. This enables you to gain distance and to look at your own situation from an observer's perspective, to understand conflicts and to identify possible solutions.

Psychotherapy with a focus on the entire family structure

Family therapy is not just about the person affected by a mental disorder, it also involves family members and other important caregivers. Everyone involved is seen as a “system” that works together and influences each other.

In every family there are spoken and unspoken rules, relationship patterns and conflicts. Family therapy helps to create an understanding of the interrelationships and structures of one's own “system” and to offer new ways in a suitable way that are helpful for all family members.

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