Psychological therapies: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT) was developed by Albert Ellis.

It is based on the idea that many problems are actually the result of irrational thinking. Individuals often develop self-defeating habits because of faulty beliefs about themselves and the world around them. REBT helps the client understand their irrationality and the consequences of thinking in this way.

How does it work?

According to the cognitive model of abnormality, our beliefs are the main influence behind our emotional well-being. Irrational beliefs are disruptive and lead to unproductive outcomes.

REBT tries to change these self-defeating thoughts and make people happier and less anxious.

REBT is based on the A-B-C model

A = activating event (being criticised)

B = belief as to why this happened ("I am worthless")

C = consequence of rhis belief (anxiety)

Irrational beliefs lead to unhea;thy negative emotions so REBT tries to change the irrational belief to a more rational…


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