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Rational Emotive Behavioural Counselling in Action

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Rational Emotive Behavioural Counselling in Action, Third Edition

Windy Dryden & Michael Neenan

Pub. date: 2004 | Online Pub. Date: May 31, 2012 | DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781446211717 | Print ISBN: 9781412902137 | Online ISBN: 9781446211717 | Publisher:SAGE Publications Ltd

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Part 1: The Basic Principles of Rational Emotive Behavioural Counselling

The basic principles of rational emotive behavioural counselling In this first part of the book we will first consider the theoretical underpinnings of rational emotive behavioural counselling and then focus on the key practical elements of this counselling approach. Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) was originated in 1955 by Albert Ellis, a New York clinical psychologist. Ellis originally worked as a psychoanalyst and, while he enjoyed practising this mode of therapy, he later became dissatisfied with it because it was, in his words, ‘inefficient’ in that it took a long time and did not produce very effective therapeutic results. For a while Ellis experimented with the shorter-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy and with various eclectic approaches before he founded REBT. In doing so he was influenced more by philosophers than by psychologists, returning to a long-standing interest in practical approaches within the philosophic tradition. In particular he was influenced by the views ...

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