Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) is a cognitive-behavioral therapy that focuses on helping individuals change irrational beliefs and thought patterns. It is a therapeutic approach that models how our thoughts influence our emotions and behaviors.
Dr. Albert Ellis developed REBT in 1955. He proposed that irrational beliefs and thinking patterns lead to irrational emotions so that individuals can change such thoughts and behaviors through cognitive restructuring and emotive expression.
REBT encourages healthy problem-solving approaches. The therapist teaches clients to view events as challenges and develop emotion regulation skills to cope with stressors.
REBT addresses underlying psychological issues through a solution-focused approach and emphasizes the importance of self-acceptance.
This therapy does not focus solely on identifying the problems but instead tries to empower clients to address and constructively solve the issues.
REBT works to modify feelings and thoughts through self-talk and reframing, which can lead to improved emotional regulation and healthier behaviors.
This therapy model seeks to help individuals identify unhealthy beliefs and create a new, more positive perspective.
Through REBT, individuals can challenge irrational thoughts with evidence to build a more balanced view.
REBT encourages clients to be aware of unhelpful thinking patterns and focus instead on proactive attitudes and behaviors.
This therapeutic approach emphasizes the power of choice; clients must focus on their desired outcomes rather than what is out of their control.
The goal of REBT is for the individual to become more in tune with their beliefs, thoughts, and emotions and empowered to make more balanced decisions.