Albert Ellis

Albert Ellis & Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)

The REBT Network was established in 2006 to promote Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) and the life & work of its creator, Dr. Albert Ellis, Ph.D.  Central to REBT's teachings is the ancient psychological insight of Epictetus, who said, “What disturbs men's minds is not events but their judgments on events.”  That idea helped REBT become both an effective, evidence-based psychotherapy and a philosophy of living.

 Dr Albert Ellis, creator of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)

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Dr. Ellis founded an educational and therapy institute in 1959, which is now known as the Albert Ellis Institute.   From 2005, up until the time of his death, Dr. Ellis was involved in a legal dispute with the Albert Ellis Institute, which he said was following an agenda that is in many ways inconsistent with Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy.  The REBT Network is in no way affiliated with the Albert Ellis Institute.

Albert Ellis Ph.D. was a clinical psychologist who trained as a psychoanalyst. Early in his career, he became disillusioned with the slow progress of his clients. He noticed that they got better much quicker once they changed their ways of thinking about themselves and their problems. In 1955 he developed Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT).

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is now a widely-practiced, comprehensive, and highly effective form of psychotherapy. In addition to being a proven therapy, REBT offers an approach to life that leads to greater fulfillment and happiness. At the heart of REBT are the concepts of unconditional self-acceptance, unconditional other-acceptance, and unconditional life-acceptance.

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Albert Ellis Revisited is now in print. This official Centennial book celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founder of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Albert Ellis. The book is a collection of Al's important writings. Starting with rational therapy, it covers the evolution of REBT. It breaks out into three major parts: (1) Al's REBT theory. (2) How to do REBT. (3) Special issues in REBT.

This book of seminal readings shows the richness and diversity in Al's thinking. It includes an inspirational chapter on how Al used REBT on himself to rise above his physical frailties. He did this to continue his work to show others how to use REBT for their betterment and for the betterment of humanity.

Al's close friends and colleagues separately introduced each of the book's chapters and added their insights to Al's work. Members of this group include the four original directors of training, original postgraduate fellows in REBT, founders of other psychotherapy systems, Al's original executive director for REBT, and people he helped train.

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Albert Ellis Tribute Book Series
The Albert Ellis Tribute Book Series honors the life and work of Dr. Albert Ellis, the founder of rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT) and one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th and early 21st century. Writing was one of Albert Ellis' great passions. It is fitting that we honor his memory and his enormous contributions through this tribute book series. More (PDF).

All Out! An Autobiograpy
This candid autobiography, the last work by renowned psychologist Albert Ellis, is a tour de force of stimulating ideas, colorful descriptions of memorable people and events, and straightforward, no-nonsense talk. Ellis, the creator of one of the most successful forms of psychotherapy-Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)-recounts the memorable episodes of his life; discusses how he coped with emotional problems at different stages of life; describes his love life; and subjects his own self-description to a ruthlessly honest critique. Click here to buy the book.

Shameless Happiness
A concise booklet that outlines the ABCs of unhealthy negative emotions and self-defeating behavior. Shows how to dispute your irrational beliefs. Great for beginners and experienced REBTers alike. Download the book.

Albert Ellis Tribute Book Series Launched
The series will include books of readings for professionals, psychology self-help, psychotherapy theory and practice, the application of philosophy to clinical practice, professional guides for working with special populations, and classroom and college texts. Learn more about the Tribute Series

Albert Ellis Documentary
A documentary about the life and opinions of psychotherapy's most important and influential voice. Watch a preview.

New eBook Released
How to Conquer Your Frustrations by Dr. William J. Knaus. Download the free eBook.

Free e-Book: Rational Emotive Education
Dr. William J. Knaus directly, forthrightly, and with no nonsense about it, shows almost any interested teacher how he or she may use REE in the course of regular classroom lessons and other activities. Download the free e-Book.

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