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RET AS A THEORETICALLY CONSISTENT FORM OF ECLECTIC THERAPY
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RET AS A THEORETICALLY CONSISTENT FORM OF ECLECTIC THERAPY

WINDY DRYDEN

INTRODUCTION Theoretically consistent eclectics are therapists who have a particular theoretical perspective on human psychological disturbance but are prepared to use particular techniques developed by other thera­ peutic schools (Dryden, 1984b). In doing so they do not subscribe to the theoretical postulates of the other schools, but use their techniques for therapeutic purposes consistent with their own orientation. Although I consider myself a rationalemotive therapist in that I am in basic agreement with the theoretical tenets of RET, I also consid­ er myself 'eclectic' in that, in the practice of psychotherapy, I select what appears to be best from diverse therapeutic sources, systems and styles to help my clients. The therapeutic pract­ ice of theoretically consistent eclectics is likely to be quite individualistic in that these therap­ ists will draw from the aforementioned sources, systems and styles what they; individually, consider to be best. What guides them in their choices is as yet unknown and this area would be a fruitful one for research.