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The American Psychological Association presents:


Systems of Psychotherapy: Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy with Dr Debbie Joffe Ellis.


In this 2 hour DVD, produced mainly for psychologists, therapists and students of psychology and counselling, Dr Joffe Ellis gives a live and powerful clinical demonstration of REBT in action and explains in depth the principles of REBT to a group of student observers and two of their professors.

Many of us will recall the video footage of Dr Albert Ellis treating Gloria; Albert Ellis’ wife Dr Debbie Joffe Ellis, to whom he entrusted his REBT legacy, continues his excellent work some 49 years later.

The DVD begins with Dr Joffe Ellis hosting a discussion about REBT-answering questions from the professors and students. This pioneering cognitive therapy, which heralded in a revolution in psychology, empowers the person to change their attitude about themselves, others and the world.




Dr Joffe Ellis explains to us that if a client is committed to work on making healthy changes, then REBT can help enormously.  With empathy, rapport and persistence, the REBT practitioner displays unconditional acceptance of the client and teaches the client unconditional self-acceptance.  The practitioner then distinguishes the activating event from the troubling emotion whilst clarifying and disputing the irrational, unhealthy shoulds, oughts and musts that create anxiety anger and depression, (as opposed to preferences that create the healthy negative emotions), in response to an undesired event, of sadness, annoyance and concern.

A live, vibrant therapy session is shown with Dr Joffe Ellis identifying the client Eileen’s therapeutic goals following an extremely upsetting divorce situation.  She zeroes in on the unhealthy negative thinking and awfulness the client believes which became habitual following from a rigid upbringing and kept active now with a shoulding on self and being over-responsible, harshly self critical and procrastinating.

Dr Joffe Ellis skilfully and expertly provides insight and shows and empowers Eileen towards a more effective way of thinking, and therefore – or feeling, with the client feeling a lot calmer within a 45 minute period.

An evaluation and summary takes place afterwards in discussion with the students and professors giving further understanding about the use of REBT and its effectiveness in helping a person not only to feel better, but get better long term.


Robin Thorburn