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Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy

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January 1955, Albert Ellis first started to do Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT). REBT was the first of the cognitive behaviour therapies and since then the field of therapy has since changed enormously as a result of Ellis’s cognitive behaviour theory (Shaughnessy & Mahan, 2001). As one of the first cognitive theories, this paper will look at the overview of the approach, which includes the concepts, principles, and practices. The REBT’s therapeutic goals, process and the theory’s applications. What advantages and limitations this theory has and what ethical issues it may bring with todays society. What new theoretical or research developments that is now occurring as a result from rational emotive behaviour therapy and if this particular…show more content…
First of many is that REBT takes into consideration the development level of the individual which is an important aspect in family therapy with dealing with children and teenagers (Ellis & MacLaren, 1998). As most theories encourage the client to be in control of their own therapy, REBT is different it’s a direct approach with a didactic style that relies on the observation of the therapist which for children and teenagers it doesn’t create confusion, but allows the children and teenagers to let out their emotions and allowing the communication to be greater between the therapist and client (Ellis & MacLaren,…show more content…
Cognitive techniques: Rational analysis; analyses specific episodes to teach the client how to uncover and dispute irrational beliefs this is usually done in the first session until the client understands and then this can continue as homework. Double standard dispute; If the client is self downing about their behaviour, ask if they would let your friend think that about themselves, when they say “no” help them understand they are then holding a double standard onto themselves. Catastrophe scale; this is a useful technique, this is where the therapist asks the client to rate where their problems are at, you get a piece of paper and draw a line from top to bottom, mark 100% at the top and 0% down the bottom, and put 10% in between at intervals. Devil’s advocate also known as reverse role playing; This is when the therapist gets the client to argue against their own dysfunctional beliefs where the client tries to ‘convince’ the therapist that the belief is dysfunctional, in which getting the client to realise that their dysfunctional belief is irrational. Reframing; reframing is re-evaluating the bad event into perspective with them being ‘disappointing’, ‘concerning’, ‘uncomfortable’, rather then ‘awful’ or ‘unbearable’. Another way of reframing is helping the client see that most of the time there is always a positive out of a negative situation though this needs to
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