Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy
By Windy Dryden
Published August 19th 2008 by Routledge – 160 pages
Series: CBT Distinctive Features
Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) encourages the client to focus on their emotional problems in order to understand, challenge and change the irrational beliefs that underpin these problems. REBT can help clients to strengthen conviction in their alternative rational beliefs by acting in ways that are consistent with them and thus encourage a healthier outlook.
This accessible and direct guide introduces the reader to REBT while indicating how it is different from other approaches within the broad cognitive behavioural therapy spectrum. Divided into two sections; The Distinctive Theoretical Features of REBT and The Distinctive Practical Features of REBT, this book presents concise, straightforward information in 30 key points derived from the author’s own experience in the field.
Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy: Distinctive Features will be invaluable to both experienced clinicians, and those new to the field. It will appeal to psychotherapists and counsellors, together with students and practitioners who are keen to learn how REBT can be differentiated from the other approaches to CBT.
Part I: The Distinctive Theoretical Features of REBT. Post-modern Relativism. REBT's Position on Human Nature and Other Theoretical Emphases: Distinctiveness in the Mix. REBT's Distinctive ABC Model. Rigidity is at the Core of Psychological Disturbance. Flexibility is at the Core of Psychological Health. Extreme Beliefs are Derived from Rigid Beliefs. Non-extreme Beliefs are Derived from Flexible Beliefs. Distinction Between Unhealthy Negative Emotions (UNEs) and Healthy Negative Emotions (HNEs). Explaining Why Clients' Inferences are Highly Distorted. Position on Human Worth. Distinction Between Ego and Discomfort, Disturbance and Health. Focus on Meta-emotional Disturbance. The Biological Basis of Human Irrationality. Choice-based Constructivism and Going Against the Grain. Position on Good Mental Health. Part II: The Distinctive Practical Features of REBT. The Therapeutic Relationship in REBT. Position on Case Formulation. Psycho-educational Emphasis. Dealing with Problems in Order. Early Focus on iBs. Helping Clients to Change their Irrational Beliefs to Rational Beliefs. Use of Logical Arguments in Disputing Beliefs. Variety of Therapeutic Styles. Discourages Gradualism. Change is Hard Work and the Use of Therapist Force and Energy. Emphasis on Teaching Clients General Rational Philosophies and Encouraging Them to Make a Profound Philosophic Change. Compromises in Therapeutic Change. Focus on Clients' Misconceptions, Doubts, Reservations, and Objections to REBT. Therapeutic Efficiency. Theoretically-consistent Eclecticism.
Windy Dryden is Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths College, London