Rational Emotional and Behavioral Therapy: REBT
Anneke Zwart, Student (University), Netherlands, Moderator
The theory of REBT has been developed by Albert Ellis in 1955. Albert Ellis was not satisfied with the type of therapy he was trained in at that moment. Therefore, he experimented with different therapeutic models, being inspired by philosophers such as Epictetus, Rusell and Aurelius.
REBT was actually established in several steps:
1. Rational Therapy (RT). First, Ellis developed an approach called Rational Therapy (RT) since he was willing to stress both rational and cognitive features.
2. Rational-Emotive Therapy (RET). In 1961 Ellis made some adjustments to the model and called the result Rational-Emotive Therapy (RET), thereby showing his opponents that he certainly did not overlook the importance of emotions.
3. Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). For the same reason he named a further developed version Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy.
REBT is a psychotherapy that focuses on finding solutions to both emotional and behavioral pr...