Behavior Therapy Associates
of Lexington

19 Muzzey Street, Suite 310
Lexington, MA 02421
(Click here for directions)

Behavior Therapy is a short term, effective, and clinically-proven breakthrough for treating depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and children's behavior problems.

With Behavior Therapy, you do not pay professionals to listen silently and nod their heads while you make painfully slow progress. Instead, we help you improve relationships, manage stress, be a better parent, and feel better about yourself.

Commonly Asked Questions about Behavior Therapy:

What is Behavior Therapy?

Behavior therapy is short-term therapy based on the assumption that all behaviors (including problem behaviors) are learned and can be unlearned. This therapy provides the patient with specific step-by-step recommendations for change.

How long does it take to see positive results with behavior therapy?

An individual in therapy with a behavior therapist usually sees positive change within weeks and months. Often changes take place within the first 3 to 4 weeks.

How lasting are the results of behavior therapy?

The changes that take place are long lasting. In fact, changing behaviors, feelings and attitudes more often than not has a snowball effect causing positive changes in areas not directly dealt with in therapy.

Can behavior therapy increase self-esteem?

Definitely yes! Self-esteem is seldom changed by talking about it with the therapist. Self-esteem is the direct result of more positive life experiences. Behavior therapists attempt to bring about more positive life experiences by teaching new behaviors and eliminating negative thoughts, feelings and attitudes.

How does behavior therapy differ from insight therapy?

Insight psychotherapy assumes that the problem behaviors are the result of deep emotional conflicts. It also assumes that to eliminate these problems one must achieve a deep understanding of the conflicts. Therapy therefore is long-term, often spanning years.

Insight therapy is recommended for those who are more interested in deep self-awareness and an understanding of the childhood origins of their problems than in changes in their current behavior, feelings and attitudes.

What is Cognitive Behavior Therapy?

Cognitive behavior therapy represents a significant breakthrough in the treatment and prevention of depression, anxiety, and other disorders.

Cognitive behavior therapy is a short-term, problem-focused approach which can produce rapid, symptomatic improvement, provide patients with a clear explanation of their emotional difficulties, increase self-control, and prevent future mood swings. Its effectiveness for the treatment of depression and anxiety is now well supported by a large body of research. In addition, these studies indicate that cognitive behavior therapy often reduces symptoms of depression as rapidly as antidepressant medication and results in a lower relapse rate.

Services Offered

Effective psychotherapy should result in both an improved quality of life and increased feelings of self-esteem. Although we believe in understanding oneself, we firmly believe that therapy should be characterized by improved relationships, and/or increased job satisfaction. Towards these goals, Behavior Therapy Associates of Lexington offers highly effective and short-term treatment methods for such problems as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Phobias
  • Marital/couple issues
  • Panic disorder
  • Asperger's
  • Bipolar
  • Anorexia
  • Bulimia
  • Assertive Training
  • Autism
  • Defiance
  • Difficult children
  • Aggressive/angry children
  • Childhood fears
  • Shyness
  • OCD
  • ADHD
  • Social Skill training for adults and children
  • Assertiveness training

About Appointments

To schedule appointments or to receive further information about our services, you may get in touch with us by calling 781-861-8637.


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the author of From Difficult to Delightful in Just 30 Days and Anyone Can Have A Happy Child: How to Nurture Emotional Intelligence. He has been on the faculty of the University of Virginia Medical School and Tufts University School of Medicine. In addition, he has been a guest expert on numerous radio and television shows including The Phil Donahue Show.

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