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Psychotherapy and the Quest for Happiness



December 2008 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"A passionate and thought-provoking book, particularly in our present economic climate" -

Therapy Today, May 2009

"A vibrant, passionate, and hugely readable text which goes to the heart of the therapeutic project: how to help clients lead fuller and more meaningful lives" - Mick Cooper, Professor of Counselling at University of Strathclyde

The unspoken yearning that brings people to therapy is often that of a desperate desire for happiness. Should therapists ignore this desire, interpret it or challenge it? And what does our preoccupation with happiness tell us about contemporary culture and the role of the therapist?

In this book, Emmy van Deurzen addresses the taboo subject of the moral role of psychotherapists and counsellors. Asking when and why we decided that the aim of life is to be happy, she poses searching questions about the meaning of life. Psychotherap y and the Quest for Happiness seeks to define what a good life consists of and how therapists might help their clients to live well rather than just in search of happiness.

This text makes stimulating reading for all trainee and practising counsellors and psychotherapists, especially those interested in the existential approach.

Emmy van Deurzen is Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Conflict and Reconciliation, and honorary Professor at the School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield

 
Pandora's Box
Values and Beliefs in Psychotherapy  
 
The Good Life
Philosophy as a Guide to Therapy  
 
Positive Psychology
Science of Well Being  
 
Predictable Difficulties
Everyday Challenges  
 
Life Crisis: Triumph over Trauma
 
Speech is Silver, Silence Golden
Feelings remain Unspoken  
 
The Meaning of Being: Beyond the Quest for Happiness

As this was a short course, only one book was recommended.

Dr Linda Leon
Madingley College, Cambridge University
June 7, 2013

An accessible introduction to the existentialist perspective from a leading authority on the subject.

Mr John Perry
School of Medicine, Southampton University
June 28, 2012

A must have for those working with clients from an existential perspective, but also for Counsellors generally. It explores some fundamental questions about the aims of Counselling, and potentially Counsellors desires for their clients, be they trainees or qualified.

Mr Mike Bancroft
Counselling, Alton College
February 15, 2012

Very well written and useful text for our course

Dr Tatiana Bachkirova
Mangement and Organisational Studies, Oxford Brookes University
November 13, 2010

Van Deurzen show a passion for the subject of life and while steeped in an existentialist tradition - draws widely from a number of fields to bring to light the focus of the book - Happiness and its place in our existence and how we might approach this as therapists. A great read.

Mr Kieran Vivian-Byrne
School of Care Sciences, Glamorgan University
September 14, 2010

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction PDF

Chapter One PDF


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Emmy van Deurzen

Emmy van Deurzen is an international authority on existential therapy, who lectures worldwide and whose work has been translated into many languages. She is the founder and principal of the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling in London and a visiting professor with Middlesex University. She also directs Dilemma Consultancy and the Existential Academy, in London and Sheffield. She was previously the founder and first Dean of the School of Psychotherapy at Regent's College and she was also the first chair of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. It was her initiative in forming the Society for Existential Analysis and its... More About Author

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