What is behaviour therapy?


Behaviour therapy aims to increase your self -awareness, encourage better self -understanding, help you understand negative traps and any vicious cycles, help you develop better understanding and behaviour skills that can lead to self -control and hence lead you to achieve better health.

It's a patient centred approach that a state registered dietitian is trained to understand and follow in order to explore your illness, find a common ground to incorporate health promotion and enhance your experience with a dietitian who will help you set realistic and achievable goals.

The principles include:

  • You the client responsibility

  • Social approach

  • Collaboration with a dietitian

  • You are the expert about yourself and your situation

  • You make the decision

  • You have the right to change

Dietitian needs to understand your point of view by really listening showing "empathy, genuineness and acceptance" Gable 1997

This technique improves outcomes, increases client satisfaction, compliance, reduces concerns and takes into account client perspective when making decisions about treatment or behaviour change.

The process of changing behaviour involve:

  1. Thinking about change

  2. Preparing to change

  3. Making change

  4. Maintaining change

  5. Relapse

"Nobody has successfully changed without going through the thinking and preparing stages. Only 20% of people are normally in action stage of change. Relapse is normal" Prochaska and Diclemente

Reference- http://www.bctonline.co.uk/dympna-pearson.html

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