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Centre for Rational & Cognitive Therapies

Welcome to the Canadian Centre for Rational and Cognitive Therapies. The Centre opened in 2012 and is an affiliate 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.

Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) is considered the first form of cognitive therapy, developed by Dr. Ellis in 1955. Evidence influenced cognitive behavioural based therapies have become widely accepted as effective in the treatment of specific disorders.

In keeping with goals of AEI, the therapeutic approach is based on Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT). REBT teaches individuals how to change self-defeating thoughts, behaviours and emotions into healthier life enhancing alternatives.

In addition to professional training, the Centre offers clinical services and educational lectures and workshops for the public.

About RE & CBT

What is RE&CBT? RE&CBT is the pioneering form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, first introduced by Dr. Albert Ellis in 1955.

Is RE&CBT in mainstream psychotherapy? Yes. It is practiced by thousands of clinicians worldwide, and is respected internationally. Its research database is considerable and growing.

Are Rational and Cognitive Therapies evidence-influenced? Yes. To read the most concise review of the data, please consult: Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy: Current Status by W. Dryden and D. David; Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy: An International Quarterly; Volume 22, Number 3, 2008, pp. 195-209.

Where can I learn more about Rational and Cognitive Therapies? To learn more about Albert Ellis RE&CBT, please consult The Albert Ellis Institute or its website (
To learn more about Aaron Beck's version of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, called CT, please consult the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research, or its website (