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Rational Emotive Behavior & Brief Solution Focused Therapies

What are the strengths and limitations of both Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and Brief Solution Focused Therapy?

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Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy is built on the premise that psychological problems are the result of irrational thinking and behavior that supports the irrational thinking; therefore they can be addressed by increasing a patient's ability to think more rationally and behave in ways that support more rational thought.

The strengths of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) are that this form of therapy generally takes less time than than some other forms such as psychoanalysis. This form of therapy emphasizes relief from their problems rather than in understanding the childhood roots of their problems. The ABCDE theory and technique of therapy are fairly easy to explain and the use of homework assignments permits the clients to maintain an active role in the therapy when they are not in a therapy session. For clients with substance abuse problems, REBT places the locus of control within the clients rather than making them to feelings of helplessness and place their hopes for help on a "higher power". This method is especially useful for adolescents who are often ...

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This solution compares and contrasts Rational Emotive Behavioral therapy to Brief Solution Focused therapy. It also provides information on how each therapy can be applied to a fictional case study.