Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)

Nov 8, 2017


Welcome to Alison K Bowles, Ma, Lmhc - your trusted destination for comprehensive mental health support. We specialize in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), a powerful form of therapy that can help individuals overcome emotional and behavioral challenges. Our team of dedicated professionals is here to guide you on your journey towards improved mental well-being.

What is REBT?

REBT, short for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, was developed by the renowned psychologist Albert Ellis in the 1950s. It is a highly effective form of psychotherapy that focuses on identifying and challenging irrational beliefs and thought patterns that contribute to emotional distress. By cultivating rational thinking and adaptive behaviors, REBT helps clients achieve long-term emotional resilience and mental well-being.

The Principles of REBT

REBT is based on several key principles:

  1. Recognizing Irrational Beliefs: REBT teaches individuals to identify and challenge irrational beliefs that often underlie emotional disturbances. By examining the beliefs that lead to negative emotions, clients can gain clarity and develop healthier perspectives.
  2. Rational Thinking: Through REBT, clients learn to adopt rational thinking patterns. This involves recognizing distorted thinking, reframing negative thoughts, and developing constructive self-talk.
  3. Emotional Resilience: REBT promotes emotional resilience by helping individuals build coping strategies and emotional regulation skills. Clients develop the ability to respond to life's challenges in a balanced and adaptive manner.
  4. Self-Acceptance: REBT encourages self-acceptance and self-compassion. By embracing who we are and letting go of unrealistic expectations, we can cultivate a greater sense of self-worth and inner peace.

The Process of REBT

The process of REBT typically involves several stages:

  1. Assessment: During the initial assessment, your therapist will work with you to understand your individual challenges and identify the underlying irrational beliefs that contribute to your emotional distress.
  2. Identification and Challenging of Beliefs: Together with your therapist, you will identify and challenge the irrational beliefs that are negatively impacting your well-being. This process involves examining the evidence and questioning the validity of these beliefs.
  3. Rational Restructuring: In this stage, you will learn to replace negative and irrational thoughts with more rational alternatives. Your therapist will guide you through cognitive restructuring exercises to help you develop healthier thinking patterns.
  4. Behavioral Activation: REBT also emphasizes the importance of taking action. Your therapist will help you develop action plans and behavioral strategies to integrate the new rational thinking patterns into your daily life.
  5. Maintenance and Relapse Prevention: REBT equips you with the tools you need to maintain progress and prevent relapse. Your therapist will provide ongoing support as you continue to reinforce rational thinking and adaptive behaviors.

Benefits of REBT

REBT offers numerous benefits for individuals seeking mental health support:

  • Improved Emotional Well-being: By challenging irrational beliefs, REBT helps you cultivate a more positive and resilient mindset, leading to reduced anxiety, depression, and stress.
  • Enhanced Personal Relationships: REBT equips you with effective communication and problem-solving skills, improving your relationships with family, friends, and colleagues.
  • Increased Self-Confidence: Through self-acceptance and rational thinking, REBT helps boost self-esteem and confidence in your abilities.
  • Coping with Life's Challenges: REBT provides you with practical tools to navigate life's challenges, allowing you to handle setbacks and setbacks with greater resilience.
  • Long-Term Positive Change: The skills acquired through REBT are applicable throughout life, ensuring lasting positive change.


If you're ready to embark on a transformative journey towards improved mental well-being, Alison K Bowles, Ma, Lmhc is here to support you. Our team of professionals is experienced in providing REBT, a research-backed therapy proven to facilitate positive change in individuals' lives. Take the first step today and discover the power of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy.

Contact us now to schedule an appointment and start your journey towards emotional resilience and personal growth.

Harvey Botero
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