What is Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy?

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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.

Therapists Who Specialize in Using Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy

William Christiana, Psy.D.


New Jersey

I am a licensed clinical psychologist in New York and New Jersey. I have specialized training in the assessment and treatment of mood, anxiety, and alcohol use disorders. I provide individual therapy to adolescents and adults.

Robert Rosolanko, LSW


New Jersey

Accomplished, multi-faceted individual with over 15 years of experience in the retail marketing industry before moving into the chemical dependency, medical coding and social work fields for the past 15 years. Proven ability to plan, administer, coordinate and execute successful programs. Strong team leader with a track record of coordinating effectively with a wide range of sources to achieve ...
I assist those whose anxiety takes over at the worst possible moments and you have no idea how to calm down or make it stop. I walk along side those whose depression, negative self talk, and low self-esteem has taken their life from them but can’t pinpoint the cause or “why”. I take a direct but compassionate solution-focused approach to assist you in reaching your goals.