Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy: Assessment, Conceptualisation and Intervention

  • Windy Dryden


In this chapter, I will consider how REBT therapists assess the problems that people bring to therapy, how and when they carry out a case conceptualisation and how they intervene on these problems. Throughout, my main, but not exclusive focus will be on therapists helping clients address their problems by encouraging them to change their irrational beliefs to their rational alternatives using a range of different methods. In doing so, I will not take the usual tack of considering assessment and conceptualisation separately from intervention. Rather I will consider them as REBT therapists approach them in action, as interdependent clinical activities within a developing working alliance (see Chap.  7 this volume). This focus also reflects REBT’s view that cognition, emotion and behavior are interdependent processes and that these need to be considered as such throughout therapy. In this chapter, I will assume that the client and therapist have given their informed consent to proceed on the basis that REBT has the potential to be helpful to the client.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Windy Dryden
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  1. 1.Goldsmiths University of LondonLondonUK

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