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Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy

Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy

This therapeutic process is focused on gaining insights within yourself to change the way we think and emote. REBT differs from other clinical approaches like psychoanalysis in that it places little emphasis on exploring the past, but instead focuses on changing the current evaluations and philosophical thinking-emoting and behaving in relation to themselves, others and the conditions under which we live.

1. Identify the Underlying Irrational Thought Patterns and Beliefs

  • Feeling excessively upset over the actions of others
  • Believing that you must be perfect, totally competent and 100% normal to be valuable to others
  • Believing that happiness comes from avoiding challenges or conflict
  • Feeling that you have no control over your own happiness; that your contentment and joy are dependent upon external forces.

2. Challenge the Irrational Beliefs

Our therapists needs to be blunt, honest, and logical in order to push people toward changing their thoughts and behaviors – because we’ve been there and our peers have been there. We’ll help you face a new reality together,

3. Gain Insight and Recognize Irrational Thought Patterns

An example of skill building: While it is perfectly normal to feel upset when you make a mistake, the goal of rational emotive behavior therapy is to help people respond rationally to such situations. When faced with this type of situation in the future, the emotionally healthy response would be to realize that while it would be wonderful to be perfect and never make mistakes, it is not realistic to expect success in every endeavor. You made a mistake, but that’s okay because everyone makes mistakes sometimes. All you can do is learn from the situation and move on.

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