Dr. Albert Ellis

Albert Ellis, Ph.D., was born in Pittsburgh on September 27, 1913, and raised in New York City. He holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology from Columbia University, and has held many important psychological positions, including chief psychologist of the State of New Jersey and adjunct professorships at Rutgers and other universities.

He is the founder of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), the first of the now popular Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBT).

In 1959 he established the Albert Ellis Institute, a non-profit organization whose mission was to promote Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) as a comprehensive educative and preventative theory. The Albert Ellis Institute promoted REBT theory and practice through training professionals, paraprofessionals, and the public. Initially, he ran everything from his private practice as a psychologist. Then, in 1964, he purchased a six story townhouse in Manhattan that had previously been occupied by the Woodrow Wilson Institute. Dr. Ellis has donated the earning of his books—many of them bestsellers—to purchase the building and to fund the running costs of the Institute.

He practiced psychotherapy, marriage and family counseling, and sex therapy for over sixty years at the Psychological Center of the Institute in New York.

Dr. Ellis served as president of the Division of Consulting Psychology of the American Psychological Association and of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality; he also served as officer of several professional societies including the American Association of Marital and Family Therapy, the American Academy of Psychotherapists, and the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.

He was a diplomat in clinical psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology and of several other professional boards. Professional societies that have given Dr. Ellis their highest professional and clinical awards include the American Psychological Association, the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, the American Counseling Association, and the American Psychopathological Association.

He was ranked as one of the "Most Influential Psychologists" by both American and Canadian psychologists and counselors. Dr. Ellis served as consulting or associate editor of many scientific journals. He published more than eight hundred scientific papers and more than two hundred audio and video cassettes.

In 1971, the American Humanist Association named Dr. Ellis as the Humanist of the Year.

He authored or edited over seventy-five books and monographs, including a number of best-selling popular and professional volumes. Some of his best-known books include:

Albert Ellis died at home on July 24, 2007 (Albert Ellis obituary).

Update: Jim Byrne has posted a biography of Albert Ellis on his ABC Coaching and Counselling website.

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All Out! An Autobiograpy
This candid autobiography, the last work by renowned psychologist Albert Ellis, is a tour de force of stimulating ideas, colorful descriptions of memorable people and events, and straightforward, no-nonsense talk. Ellis, the creator of one of the most successful forms of psychotherapy-Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)-recounts the memorable episodes of his life; discusses how he coped with emotional problems at different stages of life; describes his love life; and subjects his own self-description to a ruthlessly honest critique. Click here to buy the book.

Shameless Happiness
A concise booklet that outlines the ABCs of unhealthy negative emotions and self-defeating behavior. Shows how to dispute your irrational beliefs. Great for beginners and experienced REBTers alike. Download the book.

Albert Ellis Tribute Book Series Launched
The series will include books of readings for professionals, psychology self-help, psychotherapy theory and practice, the application of philosophy to clinical practice, professional guides for working with special populations, and classroom and college texts. Learn more about the Tribute Series

Albert Ellis Documentary
A documentary about the life and opinions of psychotherapy's most important and influential voice. Watch a preview.

New eBook Released
How to Conquer Your Frustrations by Dr. William J. Knaus. Download the free eBook.

Free e-Book: Rational Emotive Education
Dr. William J. Knaus directly, forthrightly, and with no nonsense about it, shows almost any interested teacher how he or she may use REE in the course of regular classroom lessons and other activities. Download the free e-Book.

REBT Moves Forward
The outcome of two conferences points to an exciting future for REBT. More.

International REE Committee Formed
The formation of an international committee to advance Rational Emotive Education is a major step towards the introduction of REBT to school students around the world. More.

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