In Behavioral Therapy Over Time, Dr. Martin M. Antony demonstrates this classic approach. Although contemporary behavioral therapy has its origins in Skinner's theory of operant conditioning, its current form does not ignore cognition, but instead views thoughts as another form of behavior that can be conditioned and thus changed. This makes behavioral therapy useful in treating anxiety and depression, as well as other disorders in which cognition plays a strong role.
In the six sessions on this DVD, Dr. Antony works with a client who suffers from compulsive hoarding. Over the course of therapy, he explores ways of overcoming this behavior, including exposure to discarding unneeded items and learning alternative responses to the urge to hoard. In six sessions, the client begins to learn that she has some control over what had seemed a compulsive behavior.
Dr. Antony's primary approach to treatment is cognitive–behavioral therapy, and his work is generally in the area of anxiety disorders (e.g., social anxiety disorder, obsessive–compulsive disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobia) and related conditions (e.g., perfectionism, hypochondriasis, body dysmorphic disorder).
Dr. Antony tends to use exposure-based strategies for dealing with fears of situations, objects, physical sensations, and thoughts. In addition, he uses cognitive strategies to teach clients to challenge their anxious thoughts and to replace them with more realistic interpretations and predictions regarding the situations they fear. Finally, relaxation-based strategies (e.g., progressive muscle relaxation, breathing retraining) are used to help clients to cope with generalized anxiety and stress.