Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, also known as REBT is a system of psychotherapy developed by the late psychologist, Dr. Albert Ellis about 1955. REBT is based on the idea of an early Greek philosopher, who said, “Men are disturbed not so much by things but by the view of which they take of them”.
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy combines a philosophy of attitude change with scientific principles derived from behavior therapy.
The main goal of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy is to help individuals be less bothered by excess, exaggerated and prolonged negative emotions such as depression, anxiety, anger, guilt etc.
Rather than focusing on unconscious thoughts, early childhood events, dreams and the past, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy focuses in on the individual’s present thoughts, attitudes and beliefs regardless of how they came about.
Through specific and systematic methods, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapists, first shows individuals how they overly upset themselves by what they think and repeat to themselves and then, how to logically examine, challenge and/or dispute the negative beliefs leading to healthier ideas and more appropriate levels of emotion.
Clients are given specific homework and exercises to practice between sessions. The goal of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy is not only to FEEL better bet to GET better and learn tools they can apply to themselves for years to come.
Dr. Robert Heller studied with Dr. Albert Ellis and other senior faculty at the Institute for Rational Emotive Therapy (now called the Albert Ellis Institute) in 1980 and 1981 and is one of a small group of certified supervisors in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy.
Dr. Robert Heller has a private practice in Boca Raton,Floridaand works with children, adolescents, adults and senior citizens to help them live happier and more productive lives.