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What is REBT and how can it help?

Posted on Saturday, 28 January 2023, in Treatments & Therapy

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Rational-Emotive-Behavioural Therapy (REBT) is a highly effective form of talking therapy that helps individuals identify and change negative thought patterns and beliefs that contribute to emotional and psychological distress.

It was developed by Dr Albert Ellis in the 1950s and is based on the idea that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are all interconnected and that changing the way we think can lead to changes in our emotions and actions.

One of the critical principles of REBT is the concept of "irrational beliefs". It suggests that we may hold irrational beliefs about ourselves, others, and the world around us that lead to negative emotions such as anger, anxiety, and depression. These irrational beliefs can take many forms, such as perfectionism, demandingness, and low frustration tolerance.

For example, you might hold the irrational belief that you must be perfect to be loved or accepted. This belief can lead to feelings of anxiety and depression when you inevitably make mistakes or fall short of your own expectations. In this instance, REBT might help you recognise that mistakes are a natural part of being human and that imperfections are completely normal and acceptable.

REBT uses a process called "disputing", where the therapist works with you to examine the evidence for and against your irrational beliefs before identifying alternative, more rational ways of thinking. It also incorporates other techniques such as cognitive restructuring, visualisation, and role-playing. These techniques can help change thought patterns and beliefs and develop new, healthier ways of thinking.

Overall, REBT is highly effective in treating many emotional and psychological issues, such as anxiety, depression, phobias, and relationship problems, and is often most beneficial for people who want a more focused, goal-oriented approach to therapy.

If you are struggling with emotional issues, we can recommend the most suitable therapy type for your situation, experiences, and goals. Rember that seeking help is the first step towards a more positive and fulfilling life. 


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