Understanding REBT for a Lasting Recovery

Oct 20, 2020

What is REBT?

REBT (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy) is a short-term form of psychotherapy that better helps one understand the unhealthy thoughts and beliefs that contribute to their emotional distress. Once these thoughts and beliefs are identified, their rationality can be challenged, and they can ultimately be changed. The result is a replacement of the negative, unproductive thoughts and behaviors, with positive, uplifting thoughts and behaviors. This, in turn, helps individuals to become more successful in both personal and professional relationships. REBT therapy is quite effective in treating a wide variety of conditions.

How It Works

There are three primary techniques used in REBT therapy. The first revolves around problem-solving and helps individuals develop stronger decision-making and conflict resolution skills. The second focuses on cognitive restructuring to identify and change irrational beliefs. This technique often incorporates elements or rationalization, perspective adjustment, and sometimes humor or irony. The third technique is used for the purposes of coping. Certain coping mechanisms such as relaxation, meditation, and hypnosis may be utilized.

Who Can Benefit From REBT?

As with many forms of therapy, REBT treatment can help a wide range of individuals and can be used to address a wide variety of challenges including:

  • aggression
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • addictive behaviors
  • phobias
  • feelings of guilt
  • procrastination
  • sleep problems


If you are an individual who suffers from any of the challenges above, it may be beneficial to seek REBT therapy. Always remember that it is healthy and often very beneficial to seek help and treatment for mental and emotional conditions. At Renaissance Ranch, we know it is important for you to find a therapist that best meets your needs in order to receive effective treatment. All of our therapists are experienced and trained, having worked in the Utah rehabilitation network for many years collectively. If you are passing through a time of particular distress, please contact us for more information or schedule an appointment.