Rational Emotive Therapy (RET)

What is rational emotive therapy?

Rational emotive therapy (RET) generally views human beings as having the potential for both rational and irrational thinking. As a result, RET works by helping individuals accept who they are, and that they will continue to make mistakes, but as they learn to accept themselves making these mistakes, they learn to live at peace with themselves.

RET was originally developed by Albert Ellis in 1955, which originally was a combination of humanistic, philosophical and behavior therapy. Rational emotive therapy views, thoughts, feelings and actions as having a reciprocal cause-and-effect relationship and that all three need to be considered in interactions with others.

How does rational emotive therapy work?

One of the main concepts in RET is that our irrational beliefs are learned from childhood. These irrational beliefs negatively impact our current lives. This pattern facilitates emotional disturbances which may lead to problematic behavior, personality disorders, or neuroses. What we think impacts how we feel because it’s not necessarily the event or situation that we have trouble with but rather how we perceive the event or situation.

The ABC theory of personality is the central concept identified in RET theory and practice.

  • A (an activating event or existence of a fact)
  • B (your beliefs about that event or existence of a fact)
  • C (the emotional and behavioral consequences of your beliefs)

Generally speaking, your belief about an activating event largely causes your emotional reactions and  by intervening in this belief system, you can change the consequence.

Common therapeutic techniques and procedures include:

  • Disrupting your irrational belief systems
  • Doing your cognitive homework
  • Changing your language and using humor.

When is rational emotive therapy used?

Rational emotive therapy has been helpful in treating:

  • Personality disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Panic disorder
  • Mental health disorders
  • Depression

This type of therapy may be used to treat other conditions and concerns in addition to those listed above. It may also be used in conjunction with other treatment methods. Your therapist will work with you to determine the best treatment method for your individual circumstances.

You should be aware that there is no treatment method that is successful for every person. What works for you, may not work for someone else.

What to expect from therapy

Put simply, you will get out of therapy what you put into it. It’s not a magic solution that will solve all your problems. It may involve you doing some real work and being completely honest with yourself and your therapist. Sometimes facing our truth is the hardest thing of all – but from that discomfort can come healing and growth.

Insight’s therapists are available for in-person, online, or telephone counselling at 6 locations in Alberta. Contact us to learn more.

Brooke Hendricks

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Assessments

Dr. Yvonne Hindes

Calgary

Assessments

Deb Johansson

Online Counselling, Edmonton West

Adults, Children (3-5), Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Families, Couples

Loriann Quinlan

Edmonton South, Edmonton West, Online Counselling

Adults, Seniors

Brandi Enns

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Families, LGBTQ community, Sexuality, Assessments

Damien Daly

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Children (3-5), Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Assessments

Navpreet Johal

Calgary

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), LGBTQ community, Assessments

Sabrina Brady

Edmonton Central, Edmonton North, Online Counselling

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Couples, LGBTQ community, Sexuality, Assessments

Terri Philips

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Children (3-5), Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), LGBTQ community

Nikesha Deenoo

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Children (3-5), Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Families, Couples, Sexuality

Kelly Jenny

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Couples, LGBTQ community, Sexuality

Raelene Tulick

Online Counselling, Calgary

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Families, Couples, LGBTQ community, Sexuality, Assessments

Karla Buchholz

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Families, Couples, LGBTQ community, Sexuality

Natalie McMurray

Calgary, Online Counselling

Adults, Couples

Tracy Pham

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Children (3-5), Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Families, Couples, LGBTQ community, Assessments

Dr. Ivan Murray

Corporate Services

Jaci Freeman

Edmonton South

Adults, Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Seniors

Dr. Hendriatta Wong

Corporate Services

Bob Stenhouse

Corporate Services

Shirley Leonard

Corporate Services

Roy Langer

Corporate Services

Shaheel Hooda

Corporate Services

Lisa Standeven

Corporate Services

At this time, Insight Psychological does not have therapists who specialize in this specific area, but that doesn’t mean we can’t help you! Please contact us to talk with our Intake Personnel to find a therapist that is a good fit for you and your unique circumstances.