Albert Ellis Biography: Emotional Behavior Therapy (REBT)
We continue with Albert Ellis’ life story and biography. In the first part, we have included Albert Ellis’ early childhood, family, education age and unsuccessful work experience. In this episode, we will give place to Ellis’ contributions to the field of psychology, his studies and his professional life.
A famous writer and Consultan
His writings on psychology drew much attention. He started writing articles such as “Sex And Revolution On Family”. After that, people began to be seen as an expert on sexual problems. Ellis was not only a writer but also a consultant.
In 1942, Albert Ellis joined the Department of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University Teachers College. In 1943, he completed his Master’s Degree. He then opened his own consultancy office and began consulting on sexual matters. He continued his education and earned a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology in 1947.
During his education, he took psychoanalytic oriented psychotherapy trainings. Particularly influenced by Freud’s work on sexuality, he found Freud’s work close to him. When he was still a student when he moved to New York to take the title of psychoanalyst, he was refused. However, he did not leave this desire and went to the famous analyst Karen Horney and joined his working group. After completing his own analysis process, he began practicing classical psychoanalysis in the supervision of Karen Horney.
He has taught at Rutgers and New York University as a lecturer and has worked as a senior clinical psychologist at Northern New Jersey Mental Hygiene Clinic. He then worked at the Department of Agencies of New Jersey.