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Visual CBT: Using pictures to help you apply Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to change your life by Maggie Chapman, Avy Joseph

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Theoretical Perspectives on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck

At the beginning of the book, we touched on the two pioneers of CBT, Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck. We will now briefly explain the two main schools of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Both have a scientific theory that can be, and has been, tested as well as a structured framework and process of therapy.

The Ellis Model

Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy was founded in 1955 by Albert Ellis and has the longest history of any of the cognitive behaviour therapies. This book has focused on using Ellis’s model because of its humanistic robust theory and philosophical basis.

REBT, as covered in the book, can be conceptualised by the ABC diagram below, where it is not the ...

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