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Skills in Existential Counselling & Psychotherapy

  • Emmy van Deurzen - New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, London
  • Martin Adams - New School of Psychotherapy and Regent's College, London


176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book is the first practical introduction to a skills-based Existential approach. Accessible for those without a philosophical background, it describes Existential practice in terms of a number of concrete and tangible skills, tasks, and interactions. It shows how to enable the client to become more reflective about life and better capable of taking responsibility for it.

Key Features

  • Covers the theoretical background and history of Existential Therapy
  • Examines phenomenological practice - the center of Existential Therapy
  • Addresses the necessary characteristics of the therapist as a person
  • Discusses surviving as an existential psychotherapist
  • Explores qualities of good living
  • Looks at the process of therapy and the nature of change
  • Deals with misconceptions about the Existential approach

Always linking Existential principles with therapeutic practice, this book provides a much needed resource both for those at the beginning of their training and also for more experienced practitioners keen to expand their knowledge. Explaining the ideas of Existential philosophy concisely yet without oversimplification, the authors make the Existential approach accessible to all those who wish to find out what it has to offer.

 
The Framework of Existential Therapy
 
The Person of the Therapist
 
Working Phenomenologically: The Centre of Existential Therapy
 
Developing an Existential Attitude
 
From Theory into Practice
 
The Process of Existential Therapy
 
Putting It All Together: Summing up

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.

Mr Simon Smart
Training, BCPC
April 18, 2011

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.

Ms Lynne Lacock
Dept of Counselling Studies, York St John University College
March 4, 2011

Clear accessible explanation of theory and practice - aided by use of exercise and vignettes.

Ms Lynne Lacock
Dept of Counselling Studies, York St John University College
March 4, 2011

Useful additional reading for 3rd year students who wish to extend their skills and understanding in this area.

Ms Elizabeth Lefroy
Institute for Health, Medical Sciences and Society, Glyndwr University
March 3, 2011

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.

Mrs Rachel Harrison
Interprofessional Studies, Winchester University
January 5, 2011

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.

Mr Richard Carroll
School of Health , Guildford College of Further and Higher Education
December 17, 2010

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Mr Richard Carroll
School of Health , Guildford College of Further and Higher Education
December 17, 2010
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Emmy van Deurzen

Principal, New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, London More About Author

Martin Adams