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AEI NewsAnnouncement from Kristene A. Doyle, Ph.D. Director of the Albert Ellis Institute
In accordance with the mission of the Albert Ellis Institute to promote emotional and behavioral health through research, practice and training of mental health professionals in the use of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (RE&CBT) as a comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapy, the Institute is pleased to announce the next phase of expansion by the launch of two new treatment and research centers. For more information, please visit:
Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Center (EDTRC)
Center for the Treatment and Research of Obsessive-Compulsive & Related Disorders
Recent blog posts
- Addressing Embarrassment
- Therapist Patience & Human Fallibility
- Feeling Better or Getting Better
- Accept vs. Expect vs. Resign
- The Certainty about Uncertainty
Group PsychotherapyAnger Management Group (View PDF)
Wednesdays ● 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Leaders: Ray DiGiuseppe, Ph.D. and William Taboas, M.A.
Category Archives: rebt-cbt-post
by William Taboas, M.A.
One of the aspects of Albert Ellis’ Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) that got me hooked was the emphasis on clinically addressing complex negative emotions (e.g., embarrassment, jealousy, envy, shame, contempt) beyond the typical basic negative emotions (i.e., sadness, disgust, anger, and fear). In contemporary empirically-based interventions, complex emotions are rarely discussed, and in some cases, even deemphasized in the context of treatment delivery. While traditional forms of psychotherapy, literature, and theory have hinted about how complex emotional states contribute or maintain psychopathology, REBT is among the few empirically-based treatments that systematically addresses all unhealthy negative emotions in a clinical fashion.… Read more...
by Deniz Sidali, M.A.
One of my strongest virtues as a therapist is my inordinate patience. Sometimes I wonder whether this virtue may be my vice. Having excessive patience with certain clients can have drawbacks such as people taking liberties, abusing the therapist’s patience, blurring boundaries, and failing to teach appropriate skills. The relationship between therapist and client just may not be right. Sometimes a therapist simply needs to tactfully draw a line in the sand and express “enough is enough”.… Read more...
by Brooke Guttenberg, M.S.
The other day I was sitting down with a friend to catch-up, and within minutes I realized her intentions. Her eyes were laser focused, her tone of voice was higher than usual, and her speech was picking-up. Yup, she was about to begin venting. My friend launched into a very detailed story discussing how she made a mistake at work, and from there things just kept going downhill.
My friend relayed her different concerns and I listened intently, reassured her that the mistake she made was not that bad, helped collect evidence why she would not be fired, gave practical solutions about how to fix the mistake, and kept encouraging to “let her anger out.” After dinner my friend appeared to be in good spirits and I left giving myself a pat on the back.… Read more...
by Kristen Tobias, M.A.
The goal of REBT, and other forms of CBT, is to facilitate an emotional shift. This goal is largely accomplished by causing a transformation in the way that individuals think, which is achieved by dialogue between the therapist and the client. Therefore, language is the sine qua non of psychotherapy and words become the active ingredient.
Language can be ambiguous and some terms seem to have a tendency to fall prey to misinterpretation both by being explained inadequately by the therapist or understood incorrectly by the client. … Read more...
by Shannon O’Neill, MA
What is your biggest concern at the present moment?
Finances? Health? Relationships?
Regardless of the topic, I can safely assume 100% certainty is nonexistent. Therefore, if control is truly limited, why do we choose to obsess over the situation? Maybe we are demanding a particular outcome or we cannot bear to imagine the worst-case scenario. Yet, how helpful is this? For example, does worrying about the uncertainty of money make one wealthy?… Read more...
by William R. Taboas, MA
Human beings are irrational thinkers by nature. But despite our irrationality, we are also capable of thinking rationally. It takes deliberate effort for us to think rationally. While philosophers, historians, and casual observers alike have noticed this for millennia, cognitive psychology has empirically corroborated what we knew all along: we are prone to nutty ideas!
So, what do we mean by irrational thinking? An irrational idea or belief:
1. Distorts reality.… Read more...
Last week, while coming back from a domestic flight, I met a gentleman on the AirTrain from JFK Airport to Jamaica Station. He looked at me and said, “What a day!”
I looked at him and replied, “You’re right. What a day!”
He then asked me where I was coming from, to which I replied, “North Carolina.” I asked him back, “Where are you coming from?”
He said, “Beijing, China.”
So far, this was a regular conversation, until I looked at him—he only had one shopping bag with him from a Chinese duty-free store.… Read more...
by Kristen Tobias, M.A.
I refer to infidelity to mean engagement in a behavior with another person that violates an overt or covert romantic agreement between two adults existing in a free environment. My definition of infidelity, like all others, is somewhat nebulous. What defines a behavior? How do couples navigate this understanding of their arrangement? Are boundaries discussed once and set in stone? Is covert understanding of fidelity anchored to the self or other? Violation of a relationship norm can happen in the context of a monogamous, “monagamish”, or non-monogamous relationship. … Read more...
by Ennio Ammendola, M.A.
During the holidays, I spent some time with my niece Claudia (5) and my nephew Adrian (7). We decided to watch the action/comedy Big Hero 6, produced by Walt Disney. If you haven’t yet, please consider watching it!
I am not going to describe all the characters; I want to focus on one in particular: Baymax, a robot whose sole purpose is to take care of people. I did not choose the movie independently, but after I did, Adrian asked me, “Uncle Ennio, are you like Baymax?” Frankly, I did not know what to say and then my brain led me to another question: “Is an REBT therapist doing what Baymax does?” I then said, “YES, Adrian, you can say that uncle Ennio is like Baymax!”
I spent several hours thinking what Baymax and an REBT therapist have in common and I was able to generate the following table:
|Clients come to us when they need help||The character in the movie activates Baymax when he needs help|
|Clients choose us as their personal mental health specialist||Baymax is a personal healthcare robot|
|REBT therapists are trained to maximize clients’ psychological well-being||Baymax has been programmed solely to assist his clients devotedly|
|The entry phrase of an REBT therapist is “Hello, I am Ennio, your therapist, what problem would you like to work on?”||The entry phrase that Baymax uses is, “Hello, I am Baymax, your personal healthcare companion.|
by Brooke Guttenberg, M.S.
I want you to take a minute and close your eyes. Think about the last time you felt angry, guilty, anxious, or depressed. Now I want you to walk your self through the situation. Think about each detail until you feel the emotional response. When you feel that emotion, pause, and ask yourself the question, how did I get myself to feel this emotion? Now I want you to change the emotion you are feeling.… Read more...