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Skills in Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy

ISBN-10: 1412947804
ISBN-13: 9781412947800
Edition: 2011
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Limited
Publication date: 11/11/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

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. Always linking Existential principles with therapeutic practice, the text covers:- the theoretical background and history of Existential Therapy- phenomenological practice - the centre of Existential Therapy- the necessary characteristics of the therapist as a person- surviving as an existential psychotherapist- qualities of good living- the process of therapy and the nature of change- misconceptions about the Existential approach.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.

Acknowledgements
About the Authors
Introduction
The Framework of Existential Therapy
Theoretical background and history
Some of the major existential philosophers
Limits of human living: the givens of existence
Living in time
Living with paradox
Anxiety and the givens of existence
The mind and the body
The Person of the Therapist
Who are you?
The use of life experience to reflect on life and its meanings
Being-with: reciprocity and trust collaboration
Capacity for self-reliance and individuality
Transparency and wisdom
Who are you as a therapist?
The importance of personal therapy in your training
How to use supervision?
Working Phenomenologically: The Centre of Existential Therapy
Phenomenology: assumptions, biases, blind spots and the worldview
The assumptions of existential therapy
Questioning assumptions
Working phenomenologically
Developing an Existential Attitude
Openness to experience
Boundaries and consistency
Mutuality and dialogue
Self-disclosure
Directiveness, directness and direction
From Theory into Practice
Expression and self-expression: the paradox of the self
Identifying themes and issues
Identifying values and beliefs
Emotions as a compass
Choice and responsibility
Anxiety: authenticity, guilt and bad faith
Working with dreams and the imagination
What Really Matters to the Client
Some first principles
Dilemmas, conflicts and tensions
The physical dimension. Coming face to face with life and death: the reality of change and loss, in the Umwelt.
The social dimension. Isolation and connectedness: relationships in the Mitwelt
The personal dimension. Freedom and a personal sense of integrity: life patterns and the original project in the Eigenwelt
The spiritual dimension. Consistency of values, beliefs and principles in the �berwelt
The Process of Existential Therapy
Existential therapy as storytelling
Meeting, assessment and diagnosis
Note taking
The influence of the frame and the context of therapy
The first session and the contract
Length of the contract
Fees
The beginning and end of sessions
Working through, reluctance and resistance
Endings and termination
Therapy as a learning process
Putting it All Together: Summing Up
Summarizing the philosophical basis of existential practice
Summarizing the principles of existential practic
Developing a personal style
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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