CBT has become more established as the therapy of choice in recent years, and consequently different voices in the CBT tradition have become prominent. This book brings together these voices by offering its readers a one-stop guide to the major approaches.
Each chapter offers an overview of a particular approach to CBT, covering:
Historical development of the approach; Theoretical underpinnings; Practical Applications; Case Examples; Research status
This book is essential reading for CBT trainees and practitioners as well as those training within the broader field of counseling & psychotherapy.
Chapter Nine: Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT)
Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT)
Historical Development of REBT
Rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT) was founded in 1955 by Albert Ellis, a New York clinical psychologist. Having acquired a PhD in clinical psychology, he trained in psychoanalysis, which he considered the most effective form of psychotherapy available. Ellis's experiences as a sex-marital counsellor had taught him that disturbed relationships were really a product of disturbed persons, and he became increasingly dissatisfied with psychoanalysis as an effective form of treatment. In the early 1950s, he began experimenting with different forms of therapy, including psychoanalytic-orientated psychotherapy and eclectic-analytic therapy. Although becoming more effective with his clients, he remained dissatisfied about the efficiency of these methods and was at this time influenced by the Stoic ...