Welcome to the Albert Ellis Institute (AEI), a world-renowned psychotherapy training Institute established in 1959. AEI is committed to promoting emotional well-being through the research and application of effective, short-term therapy with long-term results.
AEI’s therapeutic approach is based on rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), the pioneering form of cognitive behavior therapy. REBT is an action-oriented psychotherapy that teaches individuals to identify, challenge, and replace their self-defeating thoughts and beliefs with healthier thoughts that promote emotional well-being and goal achievement. REBT was developed in 1955 by Dr. Albert Ellis. Dr. Ellis has been considered one of the most influential psychotherapists in history. In a survey conducted in 1982 among approximately 800 American clinical and counseling psychologists, Albert Ellis was considered even more influential in the field than Sigmund Freud. Prior to his death in 2007, Psychology Today described him as the “greatest living psychologist.”
AEI conducts research and provides continuing education for mental health professionals, self-help workshops for the public and affordable psychotherapy and psychological assessment.
Since its incorporation under the New York State Board of Regents as a Psychotherapy Training Institute, the Institute and its Affiliated Training Centers around the world have trained more than 13,000 professional psychotherapists at the Primary Certificate level. This makes REBT one of the most widely practiced forms of psychotherapy in the world.
The institute sponsors an academic, peer reviewed, scientific journal, the “Journal of Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behavior Therapy,” published by Springer. Under the guidance of an editorial board consisting of acknowledged leaders in the field, the journal disseminates current, valuable information to researchers and practitioners in psychology, psychotherapy, psychiatry, counseling, social work, education, and related fields. In 2013 the journal merged with the Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies, and continues to be published under its original name.
AEI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York.