Why do I like REBT? Let me count the ways! One of REBT’s main strengths is that it is entirely possible (although not necessarily easy) to learn it on your own by reading books, watching videos and home practice. I did!
However, if that proves daunting, the learning curve working with a therapist or coach or teacher is simply not that steep if your are motivated and willing to do the work. The goal of therapists and coaches grounded in REBT-CBT is NOT to do your work for you, nor to make you dependent upon them or endless in-office sessions, but rather to help you learn the principles and give you the tools you can use to help yourself for the rest of your life. This is unique. Other forms of therapy don’t work that way, and even exciting new forms such as ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) is not something you can pick up on your own.
Both Drs. Ellis and Burns have demonstrated that people–probably not all, but certainlyt some–can benefit significantly by applying REBT and CBT that they learn
from books and other self-help sources. In fact, in A Guide to Rational Living, Dr. Ellis devotes the first chapter of the book to “How far can you go with self-therapy?’ In the now-classic Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy (Sometimes available on Kindle for just a buck or two) Dr. Burns takes you by the hand and walks you (sometimes nags you) through the self-help process. It can be a great adventure if you are willing to invest the time and attention and do the work.
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Originally posted 2016-03-14 03:34:22.