A Concise Introduction to Existential Counselling by Martin Adams

By Martin Adams

'A concise advent to existential counselling is an excellent addition to the literature on existential counselling and psychotherapy. Martin Adams presents a superb assessment of the sector if you happen to are new to it whilst distilling key good points in a manner with a purpose to be priceless for skilled practitioners' - Meg Barker, Senior Lecturer in Psychology on the Open University

A Concise creation to Existential Counselling is simply that: a quick and obtainable pocket consultant to the underlying conception & perform of the existential approach.

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

- presents a quick heritage of the existential tradition

- places key strategies into contexts, exhibiting how conception interprets into practice

- Discusses concerns within the healing process

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

- Addresses the importance of existential suggestion within the wider world

This e-book often is the excellent better half to new trainees trying to embark on their route to considering and training existentially.

Martin Adams is a practitioner and manager in deepest perform and a Lecturer on the New institution of Psychotherapy and Regents university, either in London.

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Past events give us the raw material to make our lives with. The mistake is to believe that we are caused by them. indd 23 07/12/2012 6:13:15 PM A Concise Introduction to Existential Counselling •• Existential counselling is not pessimistic, but it is challenging. •• Each person is both separate from and also connected to others. •• We create personal meaning by engaging resiliently with the tensions inherent in everyday living. •• Existential practice gains its strength from being linked to a resilient research method.

Children can do this easier than adults – to them everything is new. 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.

Indd 44 07/12/2012 4:03:41 PM Some Key Ideas in Existential Counselling non-directive will deny our autonomy and we will be in bad faith. Owning our assumptions is the first step to ensuring that we do not take over the client’s autonomy. By directness we mean the existential counsellor needs to be straightforward rather than ambiguous. We will try not to make more than one point in each intervention, or use theoretical jargon. We will aim instead to help the client find her own direction by respecting her autonomy.

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