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'This is an introductory text for those unfamiliar with existential therapy. It is written in an accessible style, is attractively laid out and contains many synopses, reflective exercises and case examples to illustrate the theory.
This is an illuminating and practical introduction into the existential method of counselling & psychotherapy. It highlights the key existential themes that writers such as Kierkegaard and Merleau Ponty have forwarded regarding human experience. The strength in Van Deurzen’s work is in the manner in which he has applied and enlivened these concepts into the lived experience of the client in the counselling frame. This publication should benefit both students and counsellors who are interested in practicing from an existential perspective
This is a good book which clearly explains the skills used by existential therapists when conducting therapy.
This is more relevant for a second year module which includes existential counselling. I am, however, very interested in the subject myself and have made use of the book for my own research. I will recommend it to a colleague for use with second year students.
This book fills a real gap in the existential psychotherapy literature. The authors rise to the challenge of building practical bridges between existential philosophy and the world of the psychotherapy room.
This addition to the ‘Skills In’ series continues the theme of clear practical examination of practice. It will be a useful reference for Practitioners wishing to expand their knowledge, as well as Trainees.
An excellent, easily readable book for introducing concepts to students new to existential counselling.
Some useful activities to enable student reflection.
As with all of Emmy Van Deurzens' texts, this was a very approachable read, an introductory feast of Existential material. It fills a need in the discussion of actual skills that a therapist may adopt when using this perspective. All too often Existential ways of working seem too ephemeral for the new student in their first approach to the subject matter, and they are frequently discouraged by what seems to be something too hard to grasp and possibly too philosophical in nature.
Clearly written book which could be very useful to students on this course.
These authors are well known to us and this is a welcome addition/useful expansion.
We are already drawing on Mearns and Copper Working at Relational Depth and McLeod. We intend to add these books to out Counselling Year 2 booklist.
Seems appropriately challenging for students already experienced with clients.
The pluralistic approached outlined so clearly here feels like a flexible, helpful and integrative framework for our students.
The plentiful exercises and examples bring to life the nature of existential counselling in a very accessible way for students not training to be counsellors and for whom existential theory is one of a number they are studying.
Clear accessible explanation of theory and practice - aided by use of exercise and vignettes.
Useful additional reading for 3rd year students who wish to extend their skills and understanding in this area.
A highly practical book full of clear examples and exercises to encourage the reader to examine their own assumptions and practice. Vagueness is addressed well in the many illustrations.
This book and the ideas within it are clear, well presented, straightforward and easy to use.
This book is essential to understanding how existential theory informs practice.
The theory is clearly explained, easy to identify with examples that highlight it's application.
A very informative text.