Religiously Sensitive Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy: Theory, Techniques, and Brief Excerpts From a Case Academic Article uri icon


  • Rational emotive behavior therapy's (REBT's) methods for fostering change, such as disputation of irrational beliefs, are similar to the kinds of activities one may expect to encounter in many organized religions. REBT also bears a strong theoretical affinity with some religions because of its preferred therapeutic goal of helping clients examine and change their beliefs. Furthermore, the formal religious tenets and traditions to which many clients adhere will usually include doctrinal material that is highly congruent with REBT's theory of change. Such belief-oriented material may be enlisted during REBT to help religious clients evaluate and change their self-defeating, irrational beliefs. A case that integrates religious belief with REBT is presented. Finally, the authors conclude with a brief summary of preliminary outcome research regarding the efficacy of this approach.

published proceedings

  • Professional Psychology Research and Practice

author list (cited authors)

  • Nielsen, S. L., Johnson, W. B., & Ridley, C. R.

citation count

  • 18

complete list of authors

  • Nielsen, Stevan Lars||Johnson, W Brad||Ridley, Charles R

publication date

  • January 1, 2000 11:11 AM