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By Martin Adams

ISBN-10: 1446208435

ISBN-13: 9781446208434

'A concise creation to existential counselling is an excellent addition to the literature on existential counselling and psychotherapy. Martin Adams presents a great evaluation of the sector in case you are new to it even as distilling key gains in a fashion so one can 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 idea & perform of the existential approach.

Addressing every thing a brand new trainee must be aware of and do in a manner that's fullyyt obtainable and jargon-free, this book:

- offers a quick background of the existential tradition

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

- Discusses matters within the healing process

- exhibits tips on how to paintings successfully with regardless of the patron brings to the session

- Addresses the importance of existential suggestion within the wider world

This publication stands out as the ideal better half to new trainees trying to embark on their route to considering and practising existentially.

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

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Excessive curiosity about the therapist’s life can be a distraction from the client’s own counselling work. Key points •• We live simultaneously in four different dimensions or worlds: the physical, the social, the psychological and the spiritual, each of which sets us an unsolvable dilemma. •• If we do not acknowledge the influence and importance of all the dimensions, our lives will become unbalanced. •• Paradoxes and dilemmas underpin human living and can never be solved once and for all. •• Our feelings are not things we have; they are what we are.

Simone de Beauvoir (1991: 170) says: ‘I’ve always wished for happiness without wishing I had any right to it […] You had to win your happiness, as I saw it, amid conditions some of which were burdensome, others favourable’. While we can never be certain about what may bring us happiness, existentially it is correlated with meaning and purpose, with ambition and with overcoming adversity. We know that people who do strive for meaning and purpose, especially in difficult conditions, have it and that people who do not strive for it do not.

But this is easier said than done. The challenge of anxiety, authenticity and personal responsibility Being responsible for our own life is a constant source of Anxiety and for existentialists this is ontological, meaning that it is basic to existence. We spell it with a capital ‘A’ to distinguish it from the anxiety meant by everyday agitation or fearfulness. indd 33 07/12/2012 4:03:40 PM A Concise Introduction to Existential Counselling cannot be grasped. 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.

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