Upcoming EventsEvidence-Based Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive & Related Disorders
September 12, 2014
Time: 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Presenter: Michael Hickey, Ph.D.
Friday Night Live!
September 19, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Presenter: Kristene A. Doyle, Ph.D.
School Your Stress
October 8, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Presenter: Eric Sudler, Psy.D.
Rational Emotive & Cognitive Behavior Therapy Professional Skills Development: The Basics
October 17, 2014
Time: 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Presenter: Kristene A Doyle, Ph.D.
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
- When Words Are Just Not Enough… There’s Intonation!!!!
- Curing the “I cant stand-it-itis”
- Certainty in Romantic Love
- Change: A Process of the Present
- Functional versus Dysfunctional Anger: Part 2 – Functional Anger
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 Jennifer Shindman, M.S.
A therapist, in many ways, is like a salesperson. We are trying to sell our clients a new way of thinking, and while it is true that they are coming in to be solicited, they still have to “make the purchase.” That is, they have to abandon the familiarity that they have known for years and replace it with something unfamiliar and new. After all, better the devil you know than the devil you know don’t.… Read more...
by Brooke Guttenberg, M.S.
I cannot stand this, I cannot handle this, I just cannot! These are the common symptoms of “I cant-stand-it-itis.” Similar to other “itises” those suffering from such symptoms may experience lack of motivation, difficulty focusing, and a reduction in productivity.
While I may come off as facetious in my description of “I can’t-stand-it-itis,” also known as frustration intolerance, Dr. Ellis recognized the significance these beliefs play in promoting unhealthy negative emotions such as anxiety, depression, and anger, as well as maladaptive behaviors including procrastination and avoidance.… Read more...
by Kristen Tobias, M.A.
Lately, it seems like a lot of people are looking for certainty in love. In my professional and personal circles, individuals ask, “How do I know if he/she is the one for me? What does it mean if I feel like I don’t know? How can I move forward if I am not sure?” It makes sense that individuals become paralyzed in a relationship when they engage in this type of thinking. … Read more...
by Shannon O’Neill, M.A.
Many would agree that our primary objective in life is to become the best version of ourselves. In order to achieve this, individuals attempt to avoid uncomfortable emotions (e.g., anger, depression, anxiety) by making calculated choices that promote happiness. Yet, if an individual is reluctant to experience present moments of discomfort, how will they be able to appreciate future moments of happiness? This does not mean we should actively seek out painful experiences; however, suppressing the discomfort that is already present will only allow unwanted experiences to continue occurring. … Read more...
by William Taboas, M.A.
In this entry, we will first make the distinction between healthy and unhealthy anger. We will then discuss healthy beliefs to maintain a rational perspective in the face of potentially maddening situations.
You may be asking yourself “I was taught that anger is, and will always be, an undesired, unwanted, and bad emotion. But how could anger be healthy and functional?!” I would respond with this: You may be imagining anger as only being unhealthily enraged.… Read more...
by Ennio Ammendola, M.A., MHC
How many times in life have you been talking to people who describe their lives in terms of a super rigid set of principles related to school, work, and relationships?
It feels like listening to the 10 Commandments, and people have to honor them “religiously” in order to give meaning to their lives. I do have a friend who describes his life in these terms. While I was thinking about him, my REBT brain kidnapped me and gave birth to one interesting question: “Is it FUNCTIONAL to base your life on the 10 Irrational Commandments?”
Before we attempt to answer this question, let’s have some fun by playing a game.… Read more...
Brooke Guttenberg, M.S.
As I sat down to write this blog, I initially intended to discuss procrastination and the types of self-talk that can lead us to put off completing tasks. As I thought more about this topic, I decided I wanted to examine it from a different angle. Rather than discussing beliefs we may hold that lead us to procrastinate, I decided to explore the beliefs we may hold that create a situation that is more likely to trigger procrastination.… Read more...
Jennifer Shindman, M.S.
I have a dream that one day we will live in a world where theoretical orientation will not judged by its name, but by its efficacy and evidence base.
Last Sunday, I went to a psychotherapy integration conference. Each presenter, originally trained in psychoanalysis, practiced psychodynamic integration with diverse treatment modalities, including CBT. I was excited to expose myself to something different and hear samples of these therapists’ clinical work. I expected case presentations through vignettes, and I hoped to learn how these psychoanalysts used relational psychoanalysis, aspects of mentalization, intergenerational transmission of attachment and trauma, and combined this all with components of CBT.… Read more...
Deniz Sidali, M.A.
This blog is a continuation on the theme of happiness and the sense of urgency that one needs to be happy at all times. This blog is not intended to discourage readers from striving towards a state of happiness. Albert Ellis himself noted that as human beings we should strive towards happiness, and that happiness is a necessary condition for optimal living and psychological well-being. A recently published research study concluded that individuals who are happier lead healthier, longer lives and cope better with stress.… Read more...