What is Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy?
Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy seeks to develop a more positive self-image by helping individuals identify unhelpful thoughts they have about themselves. These negative thoughts can cause distressing emotions, leading to maladaptive or harmful behavior.
The way people think about themselves or their belief system causes adverse outcomes because their beliefs guide their actions.
REBT’s goal is to identify these negative thoughts, challenge them, and then construct newer, more accurate thoughts that allow people to behave in more positive ways and ultimately lead to growth and healing.
Anyone with distressing emotions or negative thoughts about themselves can benefit from REBT.
Your counselor will work with you to identify what these negative thoughts are. Then, using techniques such as disputing ideas, reframing, and rationalizing, your counselor will help you work toward a more accurate, positive self-image.
REBT also helps you figure out coping mechanisms that work for you to deal with negative thoughts about yourself when they arise. This approach is how REBT can help you develop a more positive sense of self.