This is the definitive practical introduction to a skills-based approach in existential therapy. Accessible for those without a philosophical background, it describes the concrete and tangible skills, tasks and interactions of existential practice. It covers the theoretical background and history of existential therapy, along with taking a phenomenological approach to practice and individual clients.
This second edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect recent thinking, and expanded to include:
* A new chapter on the applications of existential therapy in wider contexts, such as supervision and coaching.
* A new chapter covering professional issues and challenges, such as working in the NHS, engaging with research and the use of the Internet in existential therapy.
* A companion website which includes video content, featuring the authors explaining each chapter's underpinning theory, and demonstrating the principles in practice.
A much needed resource for trainees as well as experienced practitioners keen to expand their knowledge, the authors make the existential approach accessible to all those who wish to find out what it has to offer.
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 journal Existential Analysis, in 1988, the same year this book was first published, which established the field of existential psychotherapy and counselling in the United Kingdom. Martin Adams is a practitioner and supervisor in private practice and a Lecturer at the New School of Psychotherapy and Regents College, both in London.
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 What Really Matters to the Client The Process of Existential Therapy Applications of Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy Professional Issues and Challenges Summing Up: Putting it All Together