Starting point of this therapy is
the current behavior, thinking and the feelings of
the patient; this also includes current problems as
well as existing strengths and capabilities.
A precise analysis of the patient's problems is the
first priority. The description of the problems is
followed by an analysis of the triggering and sustaining
conditions. Based on this analysis therapy objectives
will be developed in cooperation with the patient.
The goal is to learn how to analyze and resolve problems
independently. This means that the patients will be
trained as "experts for themselves" in
order to understand and cope with their personal circumstances.
The path to this goal consists of small steps. Urgent
changes will be aspired first and the patient will
proceed from simple to difficult tasks.
Behavioral therapy understands therapy to mean an
active learning process, i.e. patients need to assume
responsibility for a successful therapy. From the very
start the patient will accept tasks in between the
sessions, actively contribute to each phase of the
therapy, activate skills and capabilities and use them
in his or her own interest.