What is REBT (Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy)?

What is REBT (Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy)?

Hi and welcome to my latest blog post, thank you for taking the time to join me on this journey into REBT.

Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, is known as one of the fathers of modern CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and it’s creator, Albert Ellis, is known as the Grandfather of Cognitive Therapy.

He developed the framework back in the 1950’s and originally called it RT, or Rational therapy, and over time he changed its name first to RET and then in the 1980’s to REBT. Ellis was a philosopher at heart and studied many of the great Greek philosophers in order to gain an understanding of their teachings and he brought much of this into his work on REBT.

REBT is focussed on living a rational life while discovering and breaking down the irrational beliefs that hold us back and keep us trapped. The easy to use ABC model gives an outstanding framework for change and helping others and yourself.

“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology or the president. You realise that you control your own destiny” – Albert Ellis

What separates REBT from CBT?

While much of REBT was integrated into CBT there are some distinct differences (which I discuss in my new REBT Practitioner Certification Course – more on that below!). Here are 4 of the key differences which set REBT apart from CBT:

  1. It works from a philosophical basis of emotional disturbance as well as the clients’ cognitive distortions (which is the focus of CBT) which many claim makes it more powerful.
  2. It places an emphasis on secondary disturbances – where we disturb ourselves about our issues – which is something that CBT largely ignores.
  3. It presents Unconditional Self Acceptance as a resolution to low self-esteem instead of just focussing on reinforcing positive qualities which is the CBT approach.
  4. It is unique among CBT approaches in the fact that it recognises Helpful Negative Emotions alongside Unhealthy Negative Emotions. Other CBT approaches focus on Unhealthy Negative Emotions only.

Is REBT a stand-alone therapy?

The simple answer to that is a resounding YES! Ellis developed it into a powerful process and framework for helping his clients to break free of the limiting, irrational and rigid beliefs that held them back. He was rated within the top three most influential psychologists (the other two were Carl Rogers and Sigmund Freud!) and was instrumental in the move away from the psychoanalytical format of psychology.

“Rational Beliefs bring us closer to getting good results in the real world” – Albert Ellis

A Brand New Practitioner Certification Course

You can now dive deep into the framework and process of REBT in my brand new “REBT Practitioner Certification Course-Beginner to Professional” on the Udemy platform. Click the picture below to get more information and sign-up now for the amazing launch price of just ¬£9.99

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Discover just how powerful the REBT framework is and how to use it at its most effective to help yourself and others break down those irrational, limiting beliefs that hold you and them back!

Thank you for taking the time to read my post, I’m truly grateful and I hope that you’ll join me in the course!

My Best Regards


About Graham

Graham Nicholls is a Professional Coach, Author and Expert in Human Behavioural Patterns who helps his clients to make their lives better.
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