Coaching for Rational Living


Coaching is considered a personalized and systematic learning process dealing with non-clinical problems and challenges. Coaching supports people to achieve specific goals in various areas of their life, ranging from work to health, parenting and sports. One important point in coaching is strengthening the coachee’s rationality.

This book is based on Albert Ellis’ theory regarding the central goal of long-term happiness through rational living. He considered that there were 3 components to a happy and fulfilled life – cognitive, semantics and philosophy. Ellis taught rational beliefs to people without mental health problems, because he thought that everyone could achieve happiness in life.

This book presents steps for good coaching sessions, as well as blockers. The book emphasizes positive psychology and shows how to create a good case formulation. Moreover, it contains applications for Rational-Emotive-Cognitive-Behavioral-Coaching in a variety of domains.

It is highly recommended for everyone who is working in the coaching profession or who wants to learn more about the field.S

About the authors:

Michael E. Bernand – internationally known for his significant contributions to our understanding of how we operate at our best and when we operate at our worst.

Based on the findings from the field of positive psychology and mindset development, Michael Bernard has identified the psychological architecture of high performance and well-being. He has designed state-of-the-art learning and development programs for leaders, managers, and employees (, parents (, children and adolescents (

Currently, he is a Professor in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, an Emeritus Professor, California State University, Long Beach and is the Managing Director, The Bernard Group (mindset development).

An international consultant to universities, organizations, educational authorities, and governments, Michael Bernard served for many years as the inaugural sports psychologist of the Collingwood Football Team.

He is the Founder of You Can Do It! Education, a program for promoting student social-emotional well-being and achievement that is being used in over 6,000 schools in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, England, Romania and North America.

Michael Bernard is the author/editor of over 50 books, 15 book chapters, and 30 journal articles in areas associated with peak performance, resilience, parenting, mental health and school improvement.

Oana David, Ph.D. is a supervisor in clinical psychology, counseling psychology and psychotherapy credentialed by the Romanian Board of Psychologists, a fellow of the Albert Ellis Institute and British Psychological Society.

She is currently an associate professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at Babeş-Bolyai University and the director of the International Coaching Institute and European Coaching Center within the Department. She was awarded the title of doctor in psychology in 2011 from the Babeş-Bolyai University, doctoral school “Psycho-diagnosis and evidence-based psychological interventions” for the thesis “Evidence-based parenting programs for child disruptive behaviors”.

Oana David has completed specialization programs in the field of psychological counseling at King’s College London, Institute of Psychiatry UK; psychotherapy at Albert Ellis Institute New York, and coaching at Centre for Coaching, UK. Her professional expertise includes psychological interventions for parents, children, executives and employees for occupational problems (e.g. performance, stress) or personal development (life coaching), and technology-based interventions (e.g., online, virtual reality).

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