Understanding REBT 

What is Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy?

rebt3When Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) came about, it was very different from the other mainstream therapies of its day, mainly because it placed a significant importance on discussing and adapting how clients think as this has a heavy influence on the emotional reactions experienced by an individual.

It may sound obvious in today’s world, that has been bombarded with a myriad of therapies since then, but to Albert Ellis the idea that the way we think impacts the way we feel was not a belief considered to be popularly prior to the introduced his form of therapy.

Not only does REBT rest on the belief that the way we think influences our emotions and behaviour, it attempts to help clients change the way they think to reduce negative symptoms and improve their quality of life (Albert Ellis Institute, 2014).


“People are not disturbed by things but rather by their view of things.”

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This quote from Albert Ellis shows that REBT assumes that many people with emotional or behavioural problems struggle on a daily basis due to the way they perceive their experiences rather than simply the experiences themselves. REBT is designed to facilitate the change in core beliefs and thought patterns that will support clients, more effectively, in dealing with their problems. The ultimate goal is to improve their ability to function and feel their emotions in a healthy way.    

The following PDF Downloads are available for you to work through the concepts of REBT and begin to implement them in your daily routine.            

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Session #1 - An Introduction to Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy

In this session, we discuss the basics of REBT and its origin in the history of Psychology.        


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Session #2 - Techniques For Change:

In this session, we discuss some of the techniques available to us through REBT


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 Session #3 - Understanding the ABC's of REBT

 In this session, we discuss the tool for understanding irrational thoughts


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 Session #4 - Disputing the Irrational Belief 

 In this session, we discuss the tools we can use to dispute our irrational beliefs


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 Session #5 - The Notorious Five

In this session, we work on identifying the things we want to change and disputing the beliefs about them


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Session #6 - Positive Communication 

 In this session, we take a look at the importance of positive communication between you and your loved ones


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 Session #7 - Listening to Disarm

 This session explores the tools of active listening


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Session #8 - Setting Healthy Boundaries

In this session, we look ways in which we can set boundaries with our loved ones


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 Session #9 - When Boundaries Get Crossed

 In this session, we look at the tools we can implement in our daily routine when our personal boundaries get crossed


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 Session #10 - Identifying Enabling Behaviours

In this session, we help you understand the behaviours you may have developed that enable the situation you are trying to stop


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Session #11 - Trust and Forgiveness

In this final session, we discuss what it takes to forgive another person and begin to build the trust that has been lost


Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy is an effective tool to use in a self-help format, if you have any questions about this or receiving additional support on your recovery journey,  Contact Us for more information on the individual services we offer and explore the support we can develop for you.