Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

Rational emotive behavior therapy is an active-directive, solution-oriented therapy which focuses on resolving cognitive, emotional, and behavioral problems in clients. It is one of the first forms of cognitive behavior therapy.

Rational emotive behavior therapy places a good deal of its focus on the present: on currently-held attitudes, painful emotions and maladaptive behaviors that can sabotage a fuller experience of life. REBT also provides people with an individualized set of proven techniques for helping them to solve problems.

Ultimately, rational emotive behavior therapy helps people to develop a philosophy and approach to living that can increase their effectiveness and happiness at work, in living successfully with others, in parenting and educational settings, and in enhancing their own health and personal welfare. The therapy emphasizes changing irrational thinking patterns that cause emotional distress into thoughts that are more reasonable and rational.

Rational emotive behavior therapy distinguishes between practical problems and emotional problems. Practical problems are actual events and situations that are problematic, whereas emotional problems are reactions to such events and situations that are inappropriate, inaccurate, and actually or potentially harmful.

There are no real risks associated with rational emotive behavior therapy. There is a possibility that treatment may not benefit the affected person. This possibility becomes more likely for patients who have multiple psychological disorders.

REBT seems to be a model which takes into consideration, developmental levels – an important ingredient when working with teenagers. This type of approach may or may not be effective with adolescents. Yet, some may suggest it lacks the necessary degree of empathy to efficiently work with suicidal patients.


Rational emotive behavior therapy can be used to treat people affected from disorders such as

  • Anxiety.
  • Emotional distress.
  • Depression.
  • Stess.
  • Phobias.