Reason to Change: A Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) Workbook

Reason to Change: A Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) Workbook

Reason to Change: A Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) Workbook

Reason to Change: A Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) Workbook

Synopsis

Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) is an approach to counselling and psychotherapy in which great emphasis is placed on how emotional problems can be caused by the role of thoughts, beliefs and behaviour. However, no book before has taught the skills needed to use this therapeutic approach in practice in a thorough and accessible way. Reason to Change is the first workbook which teaches the practical skills of REBT. Each skill is explained in detail, and examples are given of how each skill can be put into practice. These skills include: * developing a problem list and setting goals * choosing a target problems and assessing a specific example * questioning beliefs * dealing with your doubts, reservations and objections * taking action. By using these skills in an active way, it can be possible to overcome emotional problems such as anxiety, depression, shame, guilt, hurt, unhealthy anger, unhealthy jealousy and unhealthy envy. This book can be used by people on their own, and by those who are consulting an REBT therapist. It will also be of interest to therapists and counsellors.

Excerpt

Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) is an approach to counselling and psychotherapy that falls fairly and squarely within the cognitive-behavioural therapeutic tradition (CBT) that is currently in vogue. In this tradition great emphasis is placed on the role that thoughts, beliefs and behaviour play in the development and maintenance of emotional problems.

It is generally recognized that REBT was the first CBT approach to make an impact on the world’s therapeutic stage. Its founder, Albert Ellis who originated REBT in 1955, is regarded as one of the two grandfathers of the CBT movement (Aaron Beck, the founder of cognitive therapy, being the other). You may like to know that I have trained with both Ellis and Beck but see myself very much as an REBT therapist

Indeed, I have been practising REBT since 1977 and have written many books on the subject. This book, however, is very different from my other REBT books in that here I have attempted to teach, in a very specific way, the skills that you need to acquire if you are to get the most from this therapeutic approach.

While I have written this workbook so that it can be used by people on their own, it can also be used by those who are consulting an REBT therapist. To get the most from the book, though, it is important that you don’t just read it. Rather, use the skills in an active way to help yourself overcome your emotional problems. To help you do this I have explained each skill in detail and have provided an example of how each skill has been put into practice. Feel free to photocopy the forms as you work through the book.

I have written this book primarily for people whose emotional problems interfere with the quality of their lives. If this fits your situation you can use this

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