IPT Book Reviews

Title: Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy: A Reader  Positive Review
Editor: Windy Dryden
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc., 1995

Sage Publications, Inc.
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(805) 499-0721
$49.95 (c); $22.95 (p)

The research evidence is convincing. Cognitive behavioral therapy has the best scientific support as an effective and valid psychotherapy treatment. Albert Ellis's rational emotive therapy, now called rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT), has been around for quite some time and is the most well thought out and adequately supported cognitive behavioral method. For those concerned about doing the best they can in vending efficacious psychotherapy, this book is required reading.

Each of the chapters in this 320-page book has been published in prior journals and books. The earliest is from 1980 and the latest from 1995. The range of the chapters provides enough information for a practitioner to understand how it works and what can be done with it. However, before undertaking practice of REBT, it would be best to arrange for supervision with a skilled and experienced REBT practitioner. While the concept may appear straightforward — to change irrational thinking to rational thinking — doing it well is not just a matter of snapping fingers or speaking words. The chapters in this book that deal with therapeutic alliance and resistance and what to do about it are essential, and a skilled and experienced guide can save a practitioner grief and confusion when it does not seem to work out as may be expected.

Reviewed by Ralph Underwager, Institute for Psychological Therapies.

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