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Cognitive Behavior Therapy's Controversial Founder

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Cognitive Behavior Therapy's Controversial Founder

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Cognitive Behavior Therapy's Controversial Founder

Cognitive Behavior Therapy's Controversial Founder

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The psychologist who laid the intellectual foundations of cognitive therapy wasn't always lauded by the mental health community. In fact, Dr. Albert Ellis believed most psychologists and psychiatrists hated him — and thought cognitive therapy was superficial. Ellis is now regarded as one of the most influential psychotherapists of the last century. NPR's Alix Spiegel reports. Editor's Note: This segment contains strong language.