Clinical Applications of Rational-Emotive Therapy

  • Albert Ellis
  • Michael E. Bernard

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Albert Ellis, Michael E. Bernard
    Pages 1-30
  3. Albert Ellis
    Pages 31-53
  4. Raymond A. DiGiuseppe, Cynthia Zeeve
    Pages 55-80
  5. Michael S. Broder
    Pages 81-99
  6. Janet L. Wolfe
    Pages 101-127
  7. Susan R. Walen
    Pages 129-151
  8. Ian M. Campbell
    Pages 153-180
  9. Gary Witkin
    Pages 181-207
  10. Vincent Greenwood
    Pages 209-235
  11. Paul A. Hauck
    Pages 237-255
  12. William J. Knaus
    Pages 257-276
  13. Rose Oliver
    Pages 311-333
  14. Harry J. Sobel
    Pages 335-349
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 351-353

About this book


Since its launching in 1955, rational-emotive therapy (RET) has become one of the most influential forms of counseling and psychotherapy used by literally thousands of mental health practitioners throughout the world. From its beginnings, RET has dealt with problems of human disturbance. It presents a theory of how people primarily disturb themselves and what they can do, particularly with the help of a therapist or counselor, to reduce their disturbances (Ellis, 1957a,b, 1958a,b, 1962). Almost im­ mediately after the creation of RET, it became obvious that the meth­ odology could be used in many other fields-especially those involving human relations (Ellis & Harper, 1961a), and in love, sex, and marital relationships (Ellis, 1958a, 1960, 1963a,b; Ellis & Harper, 1961b). The evident popularity and clinical utility of RET in different cultures and its increasing application to contemporary problems of living indicate that rational-emotive therapy continues to be vital and dynamic. The growing appeal of RET may be due in part to its essentially optimistic outlook and humanistic orientation; optimistic because it pro­ vides people with the possibility and the means for change. Showing to people how their attitudes and beliefs are responsible for their emo­ tional distress and interpersonal problems (and not some out-of-con­ scious early childhood experience), awakens in them the hope that, in reality, they have some control over their destiny.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Albert Ellis
    • 1
  • Michael E. Bernard
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Rational-Emotive TherapyNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-9506-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-2485-0
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