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The Future of Cognitive Behavior and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

ByELLIOT D. COHEN

In speaking of the future of CBT/REBT, there are two distinct questions that may be raised. First, which aspects of CBT/REBT, if any, will be practiced in the future, and which ones, if any, should be practiced? Although these two questions are distinct, they can easily be confused. Albert Ellis himself admits to taking a “biased view,” which suggests that he is probably addressing the second question. On the other hand, he conceptualizes counseling and psychotherapy of the future as largely eclectic and integrative, with cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) at their core. And he says that this is “the way therapy is developing,” which suggests that he is attempting to provide an answer to the second question as well.