Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT): A critical review.

  • Assumptor Mkangi United States International University Kenya


To commence this essay, REBT theory will be introduced then discussed along the Ethical guidelines governing the Psychology profession. This essay will try to address whether or not the REBT theory proposed by Ellis (1955) can stand alone in therapeutic sessions or whether the theory has to be used in collaboration with ethics in order to provide clients with the best service. It is crucial to assess the extent to which the theory can stand alone and still provide the best service to its consumers so that if it proves not to be a dependable theory on its own, then implementations can be made in light of ethics for the purpose of strengthening the theory and making it more applicable in the therapeutic sessions.

To start off a description of REBT theory and practice shall be illustrated. It should be noted that REBT is a form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and that all the CBT approaches share similar themes, Corey (2009); Frank (2009). It should be noted that REBT was invented by Ellis (1955); after noting the lack of efficiency in psychoanalytic theory, Ellis (2002). This will then be followed by a comprehensive critical evaluation of REBT theory.

 Key words: rational, behaviour. Therapy, emotive, cognitive


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