Rational Emotional Behavior Therapy Case Study Conceptualization and Treatment Plan

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Rational Emotional Behavior Therapy Case Study of Sarah:
A Conceptualization and Treatment Plan Rational emotive behavior therapy, REBT, was developed by Albert Ellis and holds the central belief that the events in our lives do not cause our disturbances but that they are instead caused by our view of the events (Murdock, 2009). Murdock (2009) states that “people are seen as responsible for their behavior” (p. 279) but, because they are constantly changing and processing, their value or worth is not measured by their behavior. According to REBT, healthy individuals function with rational beliefs (Murdock, 2009). Sarah’s needs can best be met through the use of REBT as the therapist incorporates the interventions of role-playing and
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279). Following the REBT approach to therapy, the therapist will strive to teach Sarah to identify irrational beliefs as she functions as the student and works toward employing rational beliefs and thus improving her mental health (Murdock, 2009). REBT recognizes the interaction of emotions, beliefs, and behaviors through the ABC model and the therapist will work to help Sarah understand the interrelatedness of these aspects (Murdock, 2009). It is important that the therapist help Sarah understand the process and philosophy of REBT, as the majority of patient doubts have been “traced to misperceptions about REBT” (Dryden, Hurton, Malki, Manias & Williams, 2007, p. 86). REBT therapy recognizes two types of beliefs, rational beliefs, which are effective in helping individuals achieve goals, and irrational beliefs, which are rigid, illogical, and unrealistic (Murdock, 2009). While 11 specific irrational beliefs have been identified, these irrational beliefs have been separated into three groups of inferences including damnation, awfulizing, and low frustration tolerance (Lega & Elllis, 2001). Sarah is reevaluating the relationships with her family members following recent events due to her damnation tendency. Lega and Ellis (2001) explain that “damnation or global rating is the tendency to condemn a person based

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