If you’re looking for a form of therapy that addresses both your emotions and behaviors, then Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is a great choice. This form of cognitive behavioral therapy was created by psychologist Albert Ellis in 1955, and it was the first form of CBT developed. REBT focuses on helping people change their irrational beliefs about themselves, others, and the world around them. The goal is to help people change these negative beliefs into more realistic ones so they can live happier lives free from depression.
It addresses behaviors as well as thoughts and emotions.
REBT is based on the idea that our thoughts have a direct impact on our emotions and behaviors, which in turn affect our well-being. In addition to addressing negative thoughts, REBT helps clients identify the underlying core beliefs that cause them to have these thoughts. REBT teaches us to accept responsibility for our actions while at the same time encouraging us to take appropriate action to change ourselves and our situations for the better.
REBT works well with depression because it teaches you how to think differently about yourself, your problems, and your life situation in general. It also teaches you how to behave differently toward yourself, other people, and your environment so that you can feel better about yourself and your life situation — including your depression symptoms.
It teaches effective problem-solving skills.
By identifying problems, brainstorming solutions, and evaluating their effectiveness, you can begin to realize that your negative thoughts are not necessarily true. In fact, they may be completely false. Furthermore, when you learn how to identify problems and generate solutions for them—as well as how to implement those solutions—you’ll be able to see that your problems are not insurmountable.
It can help uncover unconscious beliefs that contribute to depression.
In REBT, you learn to identify and change your irrational beliefs. You can do this by using the ABC model. This model helps you uncover unconscious beliefs that contribute to depression.
If your belief about something is distorted or inaccurate and it causes a lot of pain and suffering in your life, then it’s an irrational belief. The ABC model helps you uncover irrational beliefs by looking at how they affect your life.
You’ll learn tools that can help you deal with loss and tragedy in the future.
In addition to helping you get over your depression, REBT can be used to help you deal with loss and tragedy in the future. For example, if you lose someone close to you, such as a loved one or friend, it’s important to learn how to cope with this loss. The skills that you learn through REBT can help you do just that. You’ll learn how to identify and change your irrational beliefs about yourself and the world around you; when these irrational beliefs are changed, they’re no longer triggers for unhealthy emotions like depression.
REBT teaches clients several different techniques which they can use on their own or with a therapist:
- Distress Tolerance – The ability to tolerate distress without trying to escape from it by changing one’s situation (such as avoiding situations that cause anxiety), by distracting oneself from what is causing the distress (such as watching TV), or by thinking positively about something else instead of focusing on what is causing distress
- Cognitive Restructuring – Identifying negative thoughts associated with emotions such as anger or sadness; challenging these thoughts by asking questions such as “What would I tell someone else who was feeling like this?”; replacing distorted views with more realistic ones.
- Emotion-Focused Coping – Changing one’s situation so that it doesn’t trigger negative emotions; for example, if a person is depressed because they lost their job, finding a new one, or getting therapy to help deal with the loss.
REBT is a great choice for people who want to deal with their depression in a holistic way.
REBT is a great choice for people who want to deal with their depression in a holistic way and not just with medication. It teaches you how to deal with your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. In REBT, you learn how to understand the difference between facts (things that are true) and beliefs (judgments or evaluations). You’ll also learn how to challenge your negative thoughts so that they don’t control you as much.
In order to get started with REBT, it is best if you find a therapist who specializes in this method of therapy. This therapist should be able to help guide you through the process of identifying what makes sense for you personally when it comes time for them to teach these skills. It’s important that they understand your goals so they can help set up specific plans based on these goals being met successfully without feeling overwhelmed by them at any point during treatment sessions