Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is a short-term form of psychotherapy that helps you identify self-defeating thoughts and feelings, challenge the rationality of those feelings, and replace them with healthier, more productive beliefs. REBT focuses mostly on the present time to help you understand how unhealthy thoughts and beliefs create emotional distress which, in turn, leads to unhealthy actions and behaviors that interfere with your current life goals.
Once identified and understood, negative thoughts and actions can be changed and replaced with more positive and productive behavior, allowing you to develop more successful personal and professional relationships.
REBT can help you with negative emotions such as anxiety, depression, guilt, and extreme or inappropriate anger. This approach is also used to help change stressful and self-defeating behaviors, such as aggression, unhealthy eating, and procrastination that get in the way of your quality of life and reaching your goals.
To help you manage and overcome difficulties or achieve life goals, REBT will help you to identify the beliefs and rigid thought patterns that are holding you hostage. You can begin to see how irrational these thoughts are and how they harm you. Through a variety of mental exercises, you will then learn how to reduce your negative thoughts and responses, and replace them with healthier, more constructive and self-accepting thoughts.
I was taught REBT in school as an “integrated” form of therapy. Though a secular therapeutic approach, it has a Biblical foundation. It’s really a clinical approach to taking your thoughts captive. One of the elements that make it powerful, is that it exposes underlying beliefs that drive you to think and emote in destructive or dysfunctional ways. It is part of the original form of cognitive therapy.
If you are interested in REBT therapy, you will need to seek out a qualified counselor or therapist to lead you through this very effective therapeutic approach.