A behavioral experiment is a technique often used in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and it allows you to test out the accuracy of unhelpful beliefs, try out new beliefs or behaviors and observe the results. Behavioral Experiments let us to take on the role of a scientist to try out new ways of behaving and observe what happens as a result of changing our behavior. This informs us of whether our beliefs are accurate and helpful, and gives us the opportunity to change them to better fit the results. There are many benefits of undertaking behavioral experiments including helping to manage emotions better, the opportunity to try alternative ways of behaving, and directly challenging unhelpful beliefs. The Behavioral Experiments App can be used when you want to challenge an unhelpful belief, and you want to try alternative ways of behaving in a previously feared or avoided situation.
Like our other apps, this Behavioral Experiments app was designed by an experienced clinical psychologist and CBT Therapist who believed that these tools should be available in the most accessible form for individuals to use in today’s fast technological world. It can be used by people either in therapy or in a self-guided course of CBT as a useful way of recording their behavioral experiments. There is a feature that allows the user to email a record of their behavioral experiments directly to their therapist.
Who created this and why?
The application was created by a UK qualified clinical psychologist and accredited CBT therapist in the hope that the tools of CBT become more accessible to people wanting to make positive changes in their lives.
We would appreciate feedback on this application as we strive to deliver a helpful and user friendly application which can start individuals on the path to changing unhelpful beliefs and behavior.