|| Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy: A Reader
||Sage Publications, Inc., ©1995
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The research evidence is convincing. Cognitive behavioral therapy has the
best scientific support as an effective and valid psychotherapy treatment.
Albert Ellis's rational emotive therapy, now called rational emotive behavioral
therapy (REBT), has been around for quite some time and is the most well
thought out and adequately supported cognitive behavioral method. For those
concerned about doing the best they can in vending efficacious psychotherapy,
this book is required reading.
Each of the chapters in this 320-page book has been published in prior journals
and books. The earliest is from 1980 and the latest from 1995. The range
of the chapters provides enough information for a practitioner to understand
how it works and what can be done with it. However, before undertaking practice
of REBT, it would be best to arrange for supervision with a skilled and
experienced REBT practitioner. While the concept may appear straightforward
change irrational thinking to rational thinking doing it well is not just
a matter of snapping fingers or speaking words. The chapters in this book
that deal with therapeutic alliance and resistance and what to do about
it are essential, and a skilled and experienced guide can save a practitioner
grief and confusion when it does not seem to work out as may be expected.
Reviewed by Ralph Underwager, Institute for Psychological Therapies.