1st Edition

Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy A Newcomer's Guide

By Walter Matweychuk, Windy Dryden Copyright 2017
    80 Pages
    by Routledge

    80 Pages
    by Routledge

    This straightforward guide introduces the newcomer to the core theoretical principles and therapeutic strategies of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT). Starting with the ABC model of emotion popularized by Albert Ellis from the outset when he developed his approach to CBT, the guide then shows how REBT distinguishes between unhealthy and healthy negative emotions. From there it outlines the four irrational attitudes theorized to be at the core of emotional and behavioural disturbance. Finally, the newcomer to REBT will develop an appreciation for how REBT inoculates clients against future problems and teaches them to maintain and extend their treatment gains.

    This Newcomer’s Guide will be a useful contribution to counsellors and psychotherapists in training, either in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy or another cognitive-behavioural approach.


    Chapter 1 – REBT's distinctive ABC model of emotion

    Chapter 2 – Unhealthy and healthy negative emotions

    Chapter 3 – Rigidity and flexibility in human attitudes

    Chapter 4 – Awfulizing and non-awfulizing derivative attitudes

    Chapter 5 – Discomfort intolerance and discomfort tolerance derivative attitudes

    Chapter 6 – Devaluation and acceptance derivative attitudes

    Chapter 7 – REBT’s distinctive therapeutic process

    Chapter 8 – Facilitating intellectual insight

    Chapter 9 – Emotional change follows intellectual insight

    Chapter 10 – Teaching clients to become their own REBT therapist



    Walter J. Matweychuk, Ph.D., is in full-time clinical practice at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA and trains doctoral students in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy. He has worked with Drs. Ellis and Beck and is well informed in the similarities and important differences between these two pioneering forms of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. He maintains a private practice and is an adjunct professor in applied psychology at New York University where he teaches Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to graduate students. He is co-author, with Windy Dryden, of Overcoming Your Addictions and Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy: A Newcomer’s Guide. To learn more about Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, go to: REBTDoctor.com

    Windy Dryden, Ph.D, is in part-time clinical and consultative practice and is an international authority on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. He is Emeritus Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has worked in psychotherapy for more than 40 years and is the author and editor of over 215 books.

    "Drs. Matweychuk and Dryden have written a great book, which will not only explain the theory and principles of REBT, but will also help the reader DO REBT to help others. This is a great introduction to REBT, which will help any psychotherapist."

    Raymond DiGiuseppe, PhD, ABPP, Director of Professional Education, Albert Ellis Institute, Professor of Psychology, St. John's University

    "An elegantly tailored presentation of state-of-the-art REBT, lucid, succinct, and readily fitted to a wide range of problems in therapy and in life. Readers of other CBT literatures may be challenged and inspired by the frank philosophical approach to hardship and adversity."

    Ruth L. Greenberg, Ph.D., Diplomate and Certified CBT Therapist, Founding Fellow, Academy of Cognitive Therapy

    "This is an invaluable guide to the basic principles and strategies of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT). It is elegantly and clearly written as it describes, through the ABC model, how our unhelpful thoughts lead to distressing unhealthy negative emotions and unhelpful behaviour. It goes on to show how these unhelpful thoughts can be changed to enable individuals to lead constructive, happier lives. This model works well in the therapeutic or coaching arena. It is an ideal resource for trainees or those wishing to incorporate REBT into their therapeutic or coaching practices."

    Nicola Martin MSc - Founder of City CBT, Cognitive Behavioural Coaching College, London