REBT Pages

A Personal Journey Through – and out of – Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT)

honetpieDr Jim Byrne stumbled upon Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) in 1992, when he was going through a severe career crisis.  He used REBT on himself, to try to control his anxiety and depression, and later trained as an REBT therapist and practised this discipline from 1998 to 2007, with hundreds of clients.  Then, because of some insights he gained during the conflict at the Albert Ellis Institute, in 2004-2005, and up to 2007, when Albert Ellis died, Jim began to develop serious doubts about certain aspects of REBT theory and philosophy.

Between 2009 and 2012, he wrote several papers on his doubts and reservations about REBT, and then, in 2013, he published a book on the relationship between the childhood neglect of Albert Ellis and the harshness and coldness of some aspects of REBT theory and practice.

Then he moved into the development of his own philosophy of counselling psychology – which is called Emotive Cognitive Embodied Narrative Therapy (E-CENT).

Attached to this page, you will find two pages of information about this journey, as follows:

1. REBT: The limitations and errors in this system of counselling and psychotherapy

– including two new PDF pamphlets summarising ‘two eras’ of REBT critiques.


2. The 2017 book by Dr Jim Byrne: Unfit for Purpose: The case against Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (RE & CBT)