Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is an international, peer-reviewed open access journal that showcases the most significant and forward thinking research in this field. This journal offers an invaluable source of updated information for researchers and practitioners in clinical psychology, psychotherapy, psychiatry, mental health counseling, social work, education and related fields. Research in REBT, CBT and integration is explored through articles. Topics range from theoretical discussions and literature reviews on the cognitive basis for emotional behavioral interpersonal personality disorders and addictive disorders to applications of REBT to new areas and client populations; descriptions of innovative techniques and procedures; as well as case studies.
REBT is the combination of rationality and emotion, the two cornerstones of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). It assists clients in recognizing, disputing and challenging destructive cognitions, emotions and behaviors which undermine self-actualization and satisfaction. Through REBT they can develop more rational, healthy constructs for themselves that promote wellbeing and fulfillment.
REBT requires clients to confront and challenge irrational and self-defeating constructs through various methods and techniques such as cognitive-philosophic, emotive-evocative-dramatic, and behavioral ones. These methods and techniques are central to REBT and intended to be forceful yet active; multimodal in nature with differing methodologies for disputation in order to help identify irrational beliefs, emotions, behaviors that negatively affect one’s wellbeing; then work actively towards changing them into functional adaptive ones.
Although REBT is often used as a brief therapy, for deeper and more complex issues, longer treatment may be recommended. Furthermore, the therapeutic process includes homework exercises assigned by the therapist that help the client face their fears or anxieties head-on; for instance, they might have to write down and analyze their feelings.
REBT is considered one of the most comprehensive and effective cognitive-behavioral therapies, making it a go-to choice for many psychotherapists. Additionally, REBT is often utilized in sports to promote athlete mental health as well as performance.
Although REBT has become an indispensable tool for sport psychologists, there remain still unanswered questions about its efficacy in improving athletes’ mental health. This review seeks to provide a comprehensive overview of the current evidence and suggest REBT as a potential framework for understanding and promoting mental wellbeing among athletes.
Research and clinical application of REBT have been hindered by a lack of adequate empirical evidence on its effectiveness in clinical settings. This was primarily due to early research conducted in clinic settings that focused on transdiagnostic outcomes rather than specific psychiatric conditions; thus, few efficacy-oriented controlled studies were conducted – essential for REBT to be considered evidence-based practice.