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.

Basic Tenets of REBT/CBT

Basic tenets of rebt/cbt

While there have been some arguments against applying the concept of placebo to psychotherapy (Herbert & Gaudiano, 2005; Kirsch, 2005; Lambert, 2005), Lambert concluded that it would be better to focus on such causal mechanisms as expectation for improvement as a common factor. But how does REBT/CBT purport to enhance the client’s expectations that she or he might be able to make changes? I argue that for the REBT/CBT counselor, it is part and parcel of the approach. This chapter focuses on some of the specific aspects of REBT/CBT that enhance expectations as well as promote the therapeutic alliance.

Generally, REBT and broad-based CBT may be considered synonymous, although there are some initial differences that might be ...

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