RATIONAL EMOTIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY

REBT can help you with negative emotions such as anxiety, depression, guilt, and extreme or inappropriate anger. This approach is also used to help change stressful and self-defeating behaviors, such as aggression, unhealthy eating, and procrastination that get in the way of your quality of life and reaching your goals.

What to Expect

To help you manage and overcome difficulties or achieve life goals, the therapist will work with you to identify the beliefs and rigid thought patterns that are holding you hostage. The therapist will help you see how irrational these thoughts are and how they harm you. Through a variety of mental exercises, you will then learn how to reduce your negative thoughts and responses, and replace them with healthier, more constructive and self-accepting thoughts.

 

How It Works

REBT evolved from the work of psychiatrist Albert Ellis in the mid-1950s as the original form of cognitive-behavioral therapy. Ellis believed that most people are not aware that many of their thoughts about themselves are irrational and negatively affect the way they behave in important relationships and situations. According to Ellis, it is these thoughts that lead people to suffer negative emotions and engage in self-destructive behavior. At the same time, humans are capable of challenging and changing their irrational beliefs, if they are willing to do the work. While specific life events may contribute to mental health issues, REBT therapists believe that it is an individual’s own faulty and irrational belief system that causes the most problems. By letting go of negative thoughts and replacing them with positive beliefs, one is better able to accept one’s self and others and, in turn, live a happier life.