Approaches to Psychotherapy

Replace bad habits with better ones

Rational Emotive Therapy

Rational Emotive Therapy focuses on decision making. To clarify, this therapy contributes to the present and one’s emotions from their beliefs. In addition, this type of therapy we have the ability to change our methods of responding. First the patient must terminate their negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones (Corey, 2013). The patient must be willing to put the practice into effect not just discuss it. If the patient is not willing to put the action into effect they will not succeed. To add, this therapy focuses on solving specific problems ,but directly does not fix the root of the problem. Rational Emotive Therapy it informs us stop blaming others and ourselves for our imperfections learn to fully and unconditionally accept ourselves despite our imperfections (Corey, 2013, p. 293). The goals in this type of therapy consist of choosing realistic and self enhancing therapeutic goals. The therapist’s task is to help clients differentiate between realistic and unrealistic goals and self defeating and self enhancing goals (Corey, 2013, p. 295). Therapist teach patients to change their dysfunctional emotions and behaviors into healthy ones.


Most of us once in our life time Procrastinate in some form. Procrastination means putting off tasks, because there is something else we rather do. The intervention that can help us deal with procrastination is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. When procrastinate, because we anticipate that a task will be difficult. Procrastination is usually followed by a negative emotion (Hubbard, n.d.). To add, procrastination one emotion is feeling overwhelmed due to one’s procrastination. A method in dealing with procrastination is creating prioritized list. This list will include numerous responsibilities separated into three categories urgent, moderately important, and put off until later (5 Tips To Curb Procrastination, 2013). This method means that putting off easy things first should not be done.


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Author: Diana Curiel