Behaviour therapy, with its various bifurcations is a main branch of psychology. In it are gathered insights and procedures which are based upon a section of psychology that can be particularly well researched with scientific methods. Behaviour is observable and, therefore, measurable and so it is well suited to identify effects and apply research studies. This is why it has become so well-known and common. In recent years, elements of other disciplines were integrated repeatedly, resulting in valuable advances, such as schema therapy.
From a metatheory viewpoint, a mishmash is easily threatened when procedures in which contradictory premises on the theory level remain hidden, are acquired and put into practice. Through this the procedures quickly become counselling techniques. In counselling approaches, such as coaching and management training, in which customers expect rapid results on the behavioural level, many behavioural therapy techniques have, thus, been adopted or adapted. They accomplish results and can be quickly learned by the counsellor, but, therefore, often, they are unfortunately also very problematic.
To utilise the treasures of behaviour therapy well, one requires knowledge, which is not made available in the behaviour therapy itself, or if so, then only marginally. In this, it resembles the solution and resource-orientated approaches. Otherwise, without psychodynamic orientation, a repair service emerges, which remains on the surface and causes the problems to recur.