I stumbled across this article by Sandra Lipsitz Bem that talks about Stoicism and REBT:
I think of patients much the same way as I think about myself. I am human. I make mistakes. People who come to therapy are just people who are trying to figure it all out and maybe they did not have parents or teachers who helped them to understand themselves. Sometimes we simply need someone to talk with, to reflect our minds and by so doing help us to know ourselves a little better. If another person takes the time to reflect back to people, like a mirror, what another perceives (not what the therapist thinks or judges to be right or wrong) then people can learn, adapt, and have a different outcome. This is more effective than simply following an ideology, although that has its place. We need, like narcissus, to see our own reflection in a still pond. A good therapist is like that still pond, calm.
Read the rest of the article here
The Philosophy of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Review in The Journal of Value Inquiry
A very detailed and favourable review of The Philosophy of CBT has been published in The Journal of Value Inquiry by Dr. William Ferraiolo, a lecturer in the philosophy department at Delta College in San Joaquin, California. Dr. Ferraiolo writes,
It is high time that some member of the community of contemporary therapists, so many of whom deploy one or more of the many permutations of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help manage their patients’ psychological dysfunction, paid proper obeisance to the ancient architects upon whose work so much modern therapeutic theory and practice are built. […] Fortunately, Donald Robertson undertakes precisely this task of uncovering and acknowledging the Stoic taproot of popular modes of contemporary therapy and counsel in his recent and admirable book, The Philosophy of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT): Stoic Philosophy as Rational and Cognitive Psychotherapy.
This down payment on the practicing therapist’s debt of gratitude to the ancient Stoics is a very welcome addition to both the academic’s and the practitioner’s library. It ought to be required reading for students of Hellenistic philosophy, psychotherapists, and anyone undertaking an exploration of the human condition, or efforts to deal with challenges endemic to it, or both.
He concludes, after an overview and discussion of the contents,
For anyone interested in Hellenistic philosophy, Stoicism in particular, or in contemporary talk therapy and its foundations, The Philosophy of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT): Stoic Philosophy as Rational and Cognitive Psychotherapy is an invaluable resource. Philosophers, psychologists, therapists, counselors, and all others who hope to cultivate equanimity through rational self-governance are certain to benefit from Donald Robertson’s exploration of Stoicism as a wellspring of indispensable therapeutic wisdom. Reading Robertson’s book should, itself, be considered a form of “bibliotherapy” and an effort of which the ancient Stoic masters would, no doubt, approve.