REBT/CBT therapies are presented with an emphasis on the therapeutic relationship from a common factors perspective. • REBT/CBT therapies are presented with an emphasis on the therapeutic relationship from a common factors perspective. • Research demonstrating that REBT/CBT is highly compatible with major world religions such as Christianity, Judaism, and Islam is imparted. • The author shows that as “third wave” cognitive therapies-such as Mindfulness-Based CBT, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy-evolved, these approaches incorporated elements of spirituality into treatments while continuing to emphasize the therapeutic alliance.

Client and Relationship in REBT/CBT

Client and relationship in rebt/cbt

In the early 1960s, Hobbs (1962) observed that the therapeutic relationship provides the initial resource for clients as they seek to progress in treatment. Later, Strupp (1973a) outlined what he believed to be the essential elements that were necessary for therapeutic changes to occur: developing a helping relationship, patterned on the relationship between parent and child and characterized by positive feelings such as “respect, interest, understanding, tact, maturity” (p. 1); influencing the client through the helping relationship and using various means such as suggestions and encouragement; and depending on the client’s “capacity and willingness to profit from the experience” (p. 1).

Examining 50 publications for commonalities among various forms of psychotherapy, Grencavage and Norcross (1990) ...

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