• Windy Dryden
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Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) was founded in the mid-1950s by Dr. Albert Ellis who at that time called his approach “Rational Psychotherapy” (Ellis 1958). Responding to critics who claimed, wrongly, that Rational Psychotherapy neglected emotions, Ellis (1962) changed the name of the therapy to “Rational-Emotive Therapy” (RET) in 1961. Thirty-one years later, Ellis (1993) once again changed the name of the therapy to “Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy” (REBT) in response to critics who, again wrongly, claimed that it neglected behavior. REBT is placed firmly in the cognitive-behavioral tradition of psychotherapy and indeed was the first and oldest member of this tradition.


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  • Windy Dryden
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  1. 1.GoldsmithsUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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