ABC Model Of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy

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1. ABC Model of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that requires a client to evaluate their beliefs and change their unhealthy emotions and behaviors. This task is accomplished by requiring the client to look at a certain situation that triggers them and then use the ABC model to change their behavior and consequence or emotion towards it. The model is accomplished by looking at three key parts of the situation, (A) The Activating Event, (B) The Belief attached to the event and (C) The Consequence or feeling attached to the situation. The first step (A) The Activating Event involves the client identifying an event that lead up to some type of high emotional response or negative dysfunctional thinking. The second step (B) The Belief about the situation requires that the client write down the negative thought that occurred to them. The last step of the ABC Model of Rational Emotive Behavior is (C) The Consequence, the negative feelings and dysfunctional behaviors that ensued. “The negative thoughts of the second column are seen as a connecting bridge between the situation and the distressing feelings. The third column C is next explained by describing emotions or negative thoughts that the client thinks are caused by A. This could be anger, sorrow, anxiety, etc.” (Ziegler & Leslie 2003 p. 236). The therapist will often work with the client in challenging the negative thoughts by reminding the client of past experiences that the negative thought was not true. The therapist encourages the client…show more content…
The ABC Model of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy helps a client understand how a situation could result in number of different thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This technique can be used when the client has a pattern of using negative thoughts to define certain situations. “Ellis suggest that humans could think their way out of distress, REBT helps people maximize their individuality, freedom, self-interest, and self-control,
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