New PDF release: A Concise Introduction to Existential Counselling

By Martin Adams

ISBN-10: 1446208435

ISBN-13: 9781446208434

'A concise advent to existential counselling is a wonderful addition to the literature on existential counselling and psychotherapy. Martin Adams offers a very good evaluate of the sphere in the event you are new to it even as distilling key positive factors in a manner to be able to be necessary for knowledgeable practitioners' - Meg Barker, Senior Lecturer in Psychology on the Open University

A Concise advent to Existential Counselling is simply that: a quick and obtainable pocket advisor to the underlying idea & perform of the existential approach.

Addressing every thing a brand new trainee must understand and do in a fashion that's completely available and jargon-free, this book:

- presents a quick historical past of the existential tradition

- places key techniques into contexts, displaying how conception interprets into practice

- Discusses concerns within the healing process

- indicates the best way to paintings successfully with regardless of the customer brings to the session

- Addresses the importance of existential concept within the wider world

This e-book could be the excellent spouse to new trainees trying to embark on their route to pondering and working towards existentially.

Martin Adams is a practitioner and manager in inner most perform and a Lecturer on the New college of Psychotherapy and Regents collage, either in London.

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In our relentless search for the new, we tend to ignore the familiar, but everyday events like a sunrise or sunset or the night sky rarely fail to inspire awe and wonder. ’ Each time we look at the label to find out what to think, we take the easy way out. Phenomenology aims to clarify the assumptions we make about the world and our part in it so we may see ourselves and our relationship with the world more clearly and begin to understand that ours is only one vantage point among many. The task of the existential counsellor is to facilitate the discovery of the hidden assumptions that influence a client’s decisions and actions, so that new choices can be owned more deliberately.

Phenomenology takes the same position. For psychoanalysis, the surface – the conscious – obscures what is really of value – the unconscious. indd 50 07/12/2012 4:04:03 PM Putting Theory into Practice the surface, how something appears to our awareness in all its richness and complexity, is all there is. Literally, phenomenology means the study of events as they show themselves. There is no ‘underneath’ – it is all there to be seen if we know how to look, but in order to do that we have to be aware of our assumptions about it because it is our assumptions that stop us seeing accurately.

It is a technical term like the id in psychoanalysis or the true self in humanistic psychology, but we can think of it as a persistent background unease that can sometimes become profound despair. It is the subject of Jean-Paul Sartre’s novel, Nausea (2000). It is absurdity, and a reminder of our groundlessness. It is the price we pay for consciousness, for being able to reflect on past choices and future possibilities and for being aware of our own death. Sometimes, when this gets too much, we try to impose control and order, but by doing this we make ourselves feel less alive.

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