The Centre for Rational and Cognitive Therapies (CR&CT) opened in 2012 Brockville, Ontario. The Canadian Centre occupies the historical building that was once home to the Brockville Bible College. The building has been completely renovated and will continue with the tradition of providing opportunities for continued learning and personal growth.
The Centre is an affiliated training centre to the Albert Ellis Institute, New York. The Albert Ellis Institute (AEI) is a world renowned psychotherapy training institute founded by Dr. Albert Ellis in 1959. The Centre, like its parent Institute, is an academic psychotherapy centre committed to the training of health professionals in the application of effective, short-term therapy with long-term results.
In keeping with goals of AEI, the primary therapeutic approach at the Centre is based on Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT). REBT is considered the first form of cognitive therapy, developed by Dr. Ellis in the 1950’s. Today there are several approaches within the cognitive behavioural tradition, of which, REBT has been said to be the most influential. REBT is evidence influenced and a distinctive form of cognitive based therapy. REBT has become widely accepted as an effective intervention for a number of disorders and emotional and behavioural disturbances.
Dr. Ellis developed REBT from a desire to provide his clients with a more efficient means of resolving disturbances. REBT teaches individuals how to change self defeating thoughts, behaviours and emotions into healthier life enhancing alternatives.
The Centre’s clinicians are all members in good standing with their respective professional and regulatory colleges and all are Accredited Supervisors at the Albert Ellis Institute. Members of the faculty have specific areas of clinical interest and expertise.
In addition to professional training the Centre sponsors a free monthly lecture to the public. The Centre’s directors believe an increased understanding and awareness of mental health disturbances can overcome the barriers that may prevent individuals from seeking support. Clinical services in the form of individual and group therapy is offered.