People generally want to do well in life. We want to achieve our goals and find happiness. Unfortunately, irrational thoughts and feelings can get in the way and influence how we perceive situations, circumstances, and events. The reason for this is, our brains have a built-in negativity bias that causes us to focus on negative thoughts and emotions, which affects behavior, decision-making, and relationships.
Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) is a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) focused on helping people deal with irrational thoughts, psychological problems, and mental distress. It teaches people how to manage their emotions and behaviors healthy, realistic way.
People struggling with one or more of the following mental health or behavioral issues are typically considered good candidates for REBT:
- addictive behaviors
- overwhelming feelings of anger, guilt, or rage
- disordered eating habits
- sleep problems
What is rational emotive behavior therapy?
REBT is an evidence-based therapy used to help people identify and change their negative behaviors and thought patterns associated with them. There are three guiding principles of REBT:
- Activating (or Adverse) Event
Identify the situation or event causing the negative emotional or behavioral response.
Recognize where these beliefs originate and develop a plan to replace them with positive affirmations.
Deconstruct the core beliefs triggering depression, social anxiety, or self-esteem issues and replace them with new, positive perceptions through mindful repetition.
Benefits of rational emotive behavior therapy
REBT offers several benefits, including:
- Reduced feelings of anger, anxiety, and depression
- Improved health and quality of life
- Better school, work, or athletic performance
- Improved social skills
REBT teaches you lifelong skills to help you identify negative, self-defeating thoughts and beliefs and replace them with positive ones. If you’d like to learn more about rational emotive behavior therapy or other cognitive-behavioral therapies and how they can help you achieve mental wellness, call Alpine Recovery Lodge at 801-901-8757.
Our licensed clinicians have additional training and experience helping those struggling with substance use disorders as well as mental health disorders using several types of cognitive behavior therapy. We’re ready to help you achieve sobriety and long-lasting recovery using methods that are best suited to your unique needs and goals.