While Ellis's ideas were initially met with resistance within the psychological community, a 1982 survey of clinical psychologists ranked Ellis as the second most influential therapist (behind Carl Rogers and ahead of Sigmund Freud).
In 2005, Ellis became involved in legal disputes with the institute that he had founded after he was removed from its board and his weekly Friday seminars were canceled. While he was reinstated last year after a judge ruled that he had been wrongly removed, his relationship with the institute remained strained.
"We all owe a great debt to Dr. Ellis," said Robert O'Connell, the executive director of the Albert Ellis Institute. "His students and clients will remember him for his tremendous insight and dedication as a psychotherapist."
- Albert Ellis, 93, Influential Psychotherapist, Dies - From the New York Times
- Psychologist Albert Ellis Dies at 93 - From the Washington Post