Prof. Windy Dryden

Windy is one of the leading trainers and practitioners of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) in the UK.

Staff details

Prof. Windy Dryden


Emeritus Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies


Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies


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Prof. Windy Dryden is one of the leading practitioners and trainers in the UK in the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) tradition of psychotherapy. He is best known for his work in Rational-Emotive Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (RECBT), a leading CBT approach. He has been working in the field of counselling and psychotherapy since 1975 and was one of the first people in Britain to be trained in CBT.

He has published over 200 books and has trained therapists all over the world, in as diverse places as the UK, Europe, the USA, South Africa, Turkey and Israel.

Academic qualifications

  • BSc
  • MSc
  • PhD DSc


Prof. Dryden teaches on the MSc RECBT.

Areas of supervision

Prof. Dryden is willing to oversee research on rational-emotive cognitive behaviour therapy.

Publications and research outputs


Dryden, Windy. 2021. Understanding Emotional Problems and their Healthy Alternatives: The REBT Perspective (2nd Edition). Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9781032067063

Dryden, Windy. 2021. Attitude-Focused Therapy: 8 Influential Ideas in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9781032049786

Dryden, Windy. 2021. The Working Alliance in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy: Principles and Practice. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9781032050256

Edited Book

Dryden, Windy, ed. 2012. Cognitive Behaviour Therapies. London: Sage. ISBN 978-0-85702-119-9

Dryden, Windy and Branch, Rhena, eds. 2012. The CBT Handbook. London: Sage. ISBN 978-1-84920-552-8

Woolfe, Ray; Strawbridge, Shelagh; Douglas, Barbara and Dryden, Windy, eds. 2010. Handbook of Counselling Psychology 3rd Edition. London: Sage. ISBN 9781847870797

Book Section

Dryden, Windy. 2013. Unconditional self-acceptance and self-compassion. In: Michael E. Bernard, ed. The Strength of Self-Acceptance: Theory, Practice and Research. New York: Springer, pp. 107-120. ISBN 9781461468059

Dryden, Windy. 2013. Humanistic Psychology: Possible ways forward. In: Richard House; David Kalisch and Jennifer Maidman, eds. The Future of Humanistic Psychology. Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books, pp. 119-124. ISBN 9781906254650

Dryden, Windy. 2012. Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). In: Windy Dryden, ed. Cognitive Behavior Therapies. London: Sage, pp. 189-215. ISBN 978-0-85702-119-9


Dryden, Windy. 2020. Single-Session One-At-A-Time Therapy: A Personal Approach. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 41(3), pp. 283-301. ISSN 0814-723X

Dryden, Windy. 2013. On rational beliefs in rational emotive behaviour therapy: A theoretical perspective. Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 31(1), pp. 39-48. ISSN 0894-9085

Dryden, Windy. 2012. Pluralism in counselling and psychotherapy: Personal reflections on an important development. European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling, 14(1), pp. 103-111. ISSN 1364-2537

Research Interests

Rational-Emotive Cognitive Behaviour Therapy