Pioneered by Albert Ellis, Rational Emotive Behavioural Counselling (REBC) was a forerunner of today's popular Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  It helps people to understand how their thinking can influence their feelings and behaviour, and is a great way to learn how to manage feelings such as stress, anxiety, anger, depression and guilt.

Is REBC the right choice for you?

Any counselling approach suits some people better than others. It is important to find the best choice for you. Your first session will give you the opportunity to ask all the questions that you want to ask, for us to decide if we can work together, and to decide if you wish to continue with this approach or to explore other options available. If you are unsure, please contact me or you can make an appointment for one session to discuss your requirements.

What will happen in Counselling Sessions?

There are no secrets in REBC. Initially I will explain the basic theory and help you to understand how it may relate to, and help with, the difficulties you are experiencing. Whilst REBC Counselling will acknowledge that your past may have influenced the way you feel, the focus remains on the "here and now" and the problems you are currently experiencing. There is no "in-depth" exploration of your past events or traumas.

Between counselling sessions you may have worksheets and diaries to complete, and any other worksheets that might be of benefit to you at the time. These are the "tools" to help you to start to put REBC into practice and to feel the benefits. Worksheets are there simply to help you understand and make changes, but it is not a "paperwork exercise" and we will aim to dispense with paperwork at the earliest opportunity and as you begin to apply the techniques to help yourself.

There may be other problems that have arisen for you whilst experiencing intense unpleasant emotions and unhelpful behaviours, (for example: You may have consumed excess alcohol as a result of feeling very anxious), and in our sessions I can help you with other techniques and life skills that will compliment your REBC.

6 Sessions of REBC

The following is a package of 6 sessions.  It gives some guidance on what to expect from each session, although this may vary as we tailor our meetings to suit your individual needs.


Getting to know you

Confidentiality, boundaries and practical issues

Your goals and reasons for Counselling

The basics of REBC and the ABC process

Putting it all together

A simple worksheet



Thoughts since last session

Review of worksheet

More about the ABC process

"Golden Rule" type thinking

The B-C connection

How to dispute unhelpful thinking



Thoughts since last session

Review of worksheet

C becoming A

"Awfulising" type thinking

How to dispute unhelpful thinking

The D and E


Progress since last session

Review of worksheet

Secondary Emotions

Thinking about thinking

How to dispute unhelpful thinking

Keeping track of progress


Review of progress

A complete ABCDE

"People-rating" and its effect

How to stop people-rating

Keeping track of progress

Adding further skills


Reflecting on progress

More on further skills

Review of REBC

Plans and goals for the future

Further options for counselling

"Feel Better More of the Time"

If you think Rational Emotive Behavioural Counselling is for you.........

You can either contact me to book your own appointment online