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.
Throughout these chapters I have tried to show that REBT/CBT counselors have in fact, despite criticism to the contrary, always valued the client relationship. But it is a common factor that unfortunately has often been overlooked.
Yes, it is true that Carl Rogers surely emphasized unconditional positive regard. This is at the heart of person-centered approaches. Rogers (1957/2007) hypothesized that change will not occur outside of the relationship between the counselor and the client. In addition, unconditional positive regard is a necessary condition on the part of the counselor. He explained this as involving “as much as acceptance of ways in which he is inconsistent as of ways in which he is consistent” (Rogers, 1957/2007, p. 243).
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