Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy 

A Cognitive Perspective

People are disturbed not by things, but by the views which they take of them.
Epictetus AD (55-135)

REBT is often incorrectly lumped in the fruit basket of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) but is actually as different as an apple is from an orange. It is thought of by some as the Jewell in the basket.

REBT tackles our irrational & unhelpful beliefs we can hold about ourselves which generate our behaviour and the ensuing, often unwanted consequences. Unlike CBT it takes a faster route to the core and recognises that our rigid demands brought on by our irrational beliefs.

SELF – I must perform well

OTHERS – you must do it my way

LIFE/WORLD – life must/should be fair

When our demands are not meet we can do three things. We can engage in

AWFULIZING – nothing could be worse – if I don’t perform well, I will lose everything

A ‘LOW FRUSTRATION TOLERANCE’ – I can’t stand being on my own

Or DEPRECIATION OF SELF/OTHERS - I am worthless if I’m not in a relationship; you are nothing if you don’t listen to me

Having these concerns and disturbances can lead to emotions such as withdrawal, depression, anxiety, guilt, shame, hurt, anger, jealousy and envy which are rather unhelpful emotions.


REBT helps you to challenge and dispute your unhelpful beliefs and self-concepts towards creating helpful ones;

REBT helps you to understand how we, as humans, brainwash ourselves and re-indoctrinate ourselves with these beliefs and then act in ways that strengthen them, thus re-enforcing the disturbances.

Tina is studying with the Centre for Stress Management www.managingstress.com towards the Certificate in REBT which then leads to the Certificate in Cognitive and Behavioural Counselling and Psychotherapy. She is a member of the Association for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy and is under regular supervision with Meir Stolier at www.cbtcare.com to maintain the required standards of good practice.

REBT is exciting, interesting and extremely effective for a wide range of problems. Please see the reading list and related websites for more information or contact Tina to arrange an appointment. Appointments are one hour in duration and like CBT, REBT is regarded as a short term therapy, usually 6 – 8 weeks.