Windy Dryden
Windy Dryden

About Rational-Emotive Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (RECBT)

I regard myself as a Rational-Emotive Cognitive Behaviour Therapist. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a major tradition in psychotherapy which holds that the ways in which people think and act have a major impact on whether they respond healthily or unhealthily to life’s adversities.

There are a number of different approaches within the CBT tradition and the one that best explains the way I work is known as Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) which was originated by Dr. Albert Ellis in the mid-1950s and is the longest established approach within CBT. Thus, when I refer to “Rational-Emotive Cognitive Behaviour Therapy” (RECBT), I am saying that the approach belongs to the CBT tradition and that its distinctive features are defined by REBT.

The core of RECBT is summed up by the following:

  • People disturb themselves by holding rigid and extreme beliefs about life’s adversities.
  • If people want to respond healthily to these adversities they need to change these rigid and extreme beliefs to a set of flexible and non-extreme beliefs. 
  • Thus, my major goal as an RECBT therapist is to form a working alliance with my clients and to help them to identify, question and change their rigid and extreme beliefs and to act and think in ways that develop and consolidate their conviction in their alternative flexible and non-extreme beliefs.