Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)

What Is REBT?

Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), which evolved from the work of psychiatrist Albert Ellis in the 1950s, is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that helps individuals identify self-defeating thoughts and feelings, challenge the rationality of those feelings, and replace them with more productive beliefs. REBT holds that our thinking about events is what leads to thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Through REBT, individuals are taught to focus on the present and examine how their unhelpful thinking crates unhealthy emotions and self-defeating behaviors.

How We Use REBT In Treatment

REBT conceptualizes emotional disturbance as a function of irrational thinking and behavior. Through collaboration between the client and the Lifeskills therapist, using REBT, those beliefs are challenged and then replaced with more functional and useful beliefs, leading towards lasting change for the individual.


Two of our primary therapists are REBT-trained through the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City. The comprehensive training focused on the theoretical orientation behind REBT, the conceptualization of emotional disturbance from an REBT perspective, and the application of REBT techniques with clients. This was reinforced through individual therapy sessions conducted by the trainees and supervised by internationally recognized experts in the field.

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