Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT) is the
name of a system developed primarily by Albert Ellis in the
USA. One of the best known exponents in the UK is Windy
Dryden. It works primarily by allowing clients to identify,
challenge and replace the unhelpful beliefs which give rise
to self-defeating behaviours and unhealthy negative
emotions. Working with me, you will learn the ABC system,
a simple but powerful method of putting this into practice
and developing an effective new philosophy to live your life
in accordance with your own preferences. You will receive
a free copy of Windy Dryden's "10 Steps to Positive Living"
at the beginning of our work together.
CBT is the name given to a closely-related method mainly
associated with Aaron T. Beck. It has become widely
known in the UK as a result of well-received clinical trials
over recent decades which have made the Cognitive
Behavioural Therapies the treatment of choice for a range
of problems including symptoms of anxiety and depression.
This form of general CBT (as REBT practitioners often
refer to it) can be extremely useful in symptom relief and
highly practical as a way into the process of life-change.
Leo recommends a CBT work-book ("Mind over Mood" by
Greenberger and Padesky) to help you bridge the interval
Schema Therapy is a process associated with Jeffrey
Young which allows us to focus on deeply-held unhelpful
beliefs, often dating back to very early experiences, which
continue to hold us back in the present. It is a powerful
adjunct to the other techniques, coming into its own when
clients find themselves "stuck", and often uncovers
fundamental obstacles to self-acceptance and effective
change, allowing them to be dismantled.
Theoretically-consistent Eclecticism is a term of Ellis's
which describes how REBT practitioners may use
techniques from other forms of therapy which have a clear
bearing upon the way that we work. Thus, I often make
reference to some aspects of Eric Berne's Transactional
Analysis or George Kelly's Personal Construct Theory
which accord well with our approach.