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Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy is a cognitive-experiential-behavioral system of psychotherapy. Developed in 1955 as the first of the cognitive behavioral therapies, it has roots in Stoic philosophers such as Epicurus, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius. It is underpinned by the idea that “people do not merely get upset by adverse life conditions, but instead often choose to disturb themselves about these adversities” (Ellis, 2002). Ellis’ theory of REBT holds that people try to remain alive and achieve basic goals (G). Along the way they encounter adversities (A). They follow rational or irrational beliefs (B) which construct consequences (C) such as feelings or actions that either move them toward or away from their goals. Fundamentally, although adversities contribute to consequences they are mediated by beliefs. REBT holds that people have to consciously, forcefully, and actively dispute (D) the irrational beliefs that are causing their disturbances—this disputation can be cognitive, emotional, and behavioral. Read more
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Dysfunctional Thought Record

The Dysfunctional Thought Record is a Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) tool to record and challenge dysfunctional thoughts. ...


REBT Consequences Analysis Form

The REBT Consequences Analysis Form is a form of ‘functional/pragmatic disputing’ and can be used to challenge and restructure irrational ...


REBT Problem Formulation

In Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) emotional problems are dealt with before any others. The REBT Problem Formulation is designed to help cli ...





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