Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy(also known as REBT)
REBT is a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that was developed by Dr. Albert Ellis in New York in the 1950s, after struggling to heal his patients with Freudian Psychoanalysis. REBT focuses on challenging one's irrational beliefs and is an action-oriented approach to help patients improve their emotions, thoughts and behaviors by helping them to develop healthy (and rational) belief systems about themselves and the world.
Dr. Ellis' theory was based on the idea that "People are not disturbed by things, but rather by their view of things." Thus, he created REBT to help patients modify illogical beliefs and negative thought patterns -- and to reinterpret difficult circumstances. This enabled them to overcome disturbing emotions that prevented them from enjoying their lives.
REBT has proven itself to be the most effective form of CBT and because of this, it is a wildly popular therapeutic modality practiced by therapists around the world. Its ABC model is easy to learn and patients quickly become skilled at using it to analyze life events, that would otherwise be a source of emotional upset.
Laurel Steinberg, Ph.D. New York State Licensed Psychotherapist
Adjunct Asst. Professor - Columbia University
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