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Existential Therapies [Hardcover]

Mick Cooper
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1 May 2003 0761973206 978-0761973201
`This book achieves what it sets out to do: "to introduce readers to the rich tapestry of existential therapeutic approaches". I found it concise and easy to read, despite the fact that it deals with some fairly complex ideas' - CounsellingResource.com

`One can only applaud the bravery of an author who gently send up Kierkegaard's wilful obscurantism and cleans out the acrid smoke of Gauloises from the room. With welcome clarity and sanity, Mick Cooper efficiently lays out the concepts, techniques and directions adopted by several key figures in the broad field of existentially informed psychotherapy. In an excellent first chapter, Mick Cooper pointed out my `ontic' from my `ontological'; and I could see, behind the long-words-with-dashes, the true resonance of these ideas with real human and therapeutic issues, dilemmas and goals' - Clinical Psychology

`This book proves to be a real treasure chest: what you always wanted to know about existential psychotherapy but failed to find anywhere else in such a comprehensive, clear and concise manner. In that sense, this publication provides a missing link. One merit of the book is its systematic structure. As extensive, and in part as heterogeneous as existential philosophy and therapy also maybe, Mick Cooper had nevertheless been able to build convincing clusters with, on the one hand, an enormous understanding of details and, on the other, a far-sightedness that, like a map, provides orientation in the diversity of existential therapy. I really appreciate this publication and can recommend it very strongly' - Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapies

`Existential Therapies will I suspect, suddenly make "existentialism" come alive. The author, Mick Cooper loves his subject, it fascinates and enthrals him, and we get to experience some of that, even though the book is "academic". The connections and overlaps with person-centred psychology are there for us to be, but so are the differences' - Person-Centred Practice

`As an overview of a number of different existential therapies the book is extremely welcome and manages in a relatively short space to cover a wide arena. Overall I rate the book highly. To pull together a large and somewhat disparate literature, then make sense of it and finally retains the reader's interest, is difficult' - Existential Analysis

`Mick Cooper has done an impressive job in writing a much needed, current and user friendly survey of the field of existential therapies. If I were to teach this course, I would use this book. I applaud Mick Cooper for having admirably achieved the aim he set out to achieve. All this makes Mick Cooper's book a must-read for anyone wishing to explore the topic of existential therapy' - Society for Laingian Studies Website

`What makes this book unique is that all the different strands of Existential philosophy are always clearly linked to practice' - Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal

`This is a very fresh book, not treading well-worn paths and genuinely informing us about a small but important field. This is really an indispensable book for anyone who wants to understand existentialist approaches to therapy' - Self and Society

`This publication marks a milestone providing an excellent, clear and critical overview of the contrasting forms of the approach as it is currently practised' - Emmy van Deurzen, New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, Schiller University, London

`This is a book of superb thoroughness and scholarship - an unprecedented guide to existential therapy's chief positions and controversies' - Kirk J Schneider, President of the Existential-Humanistic Institute, USA

`Combines scholarship with a writing style that makes difficult concepts accessible. This book should be required reading on any course where the existential tradition plays a part, and that includes person-centred courses and all sympathetic to the idea that psychotherapy is, in essence, a human encounter where warmth, understanding and a deep respect for the individual are key values' - Tony Merry, University of East London

`the concepts stand out like lightning in

a night sky' - Jim Bruce, librarian, Canada

What does it mean to practice in an existential way? What are the different existential approaches? What are their strengths and limitations? Existential Therapies addresses these key questions, and more, by providing students and practitioners with an invaluable introduction to the diverse and multifaceted world of existential therapeutic practices.

Focusing on practical, face-to-face work with clients, the book:

· introduces readers to six key existential therapies

· discusses key figures and their contributions, including Irvin Yalom, Emmy van Deurzen, Ernesto Spinelli, Viktor Frankl and R D Laing

· compares and contrasts the various approaches,

highlighting areas of commonality and difference

· outlines key debates within the existential therapy field

· provides detailed suggestions for further reading

Existential Therapies offers students and practitioners of all orientations much that they can incorporate into their own therapeutic work, and each approach is vividly brought to life through therapist-client dialogues and case studies. Written in an accessible, warm, and engaging manner, Existential Therapies is an essential introduction to this rich, vibrant and stimulating field.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Sage Publications UK (1 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761973206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761973201
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,915,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Mick Cooper is a Professor of Counselling at the University of Roehampton, and a practising counselling psychologist. Mick is author of a range of texts on person-centred, existential and pluralistic approaches to counselling and psychotherapy. His principal research interests are counselling in schools and the experience of relational depth.

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'This publication marks a milestone providing an excellent, clear and critical overview of the contrasting forms of the approach as it is currently practised' - Emmy van Deurzen, New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, Schiller University, London; 'This is a book of superb thoroughness and scholarship - an unprecedented guide to existential therapy's chief positions and controversies' - Kirk J Schneider, President of the Existential-Humanistic Institute, USA; 'Combines scholarship with a writing style that makes difficult concepts accessible. This book should be required reading on any course where the existential tradition plays a part, and that includes person-centred courses and all sympathetic to the idea that psychotherapy is, in essence, a human encounter where warmth, understanding and a deep respect for the individual are key values' - Tony Merry, University of East London

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"This publication marks a milestone providing an excellent, clear and critical overview of the contrasting forms of the approach as it is currently practised." Emmy van Deurzen, New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, UK

"This is a book of superb thoroughness and scholarship – an unprecedented guide to existential therapy's chief positions and controversies." Kirk J. Schneider, President of the Existential-Humanistic Institute, USA

"Combines scholarship with a writing style that makes difficult concepts accessible. This book should be required reading on any course where the existential tradition plays a part, and that includes person-centred courses and all sympathetic to the idea that psychotherapy is, in essence, a human encounter where warmth, understanding and a deep respect for the individual are key values." Tony Merry, University of East London, UK

What does it mean to practice in an existential way? What are the different existential approaches? and, What are their strengths and limitations? Existential Therapies addresses these key questions and more by providing students and practitioners with an invaluable introduction to the diverse and multifaceted world of existential therapeutic practices.

Focusing on practical, face-to-face work with clients, the book:
• introduces readers to six key existential therapies
• discusses key figures and their contributions, including Irvin Yalom, Emmy van Deurzen, Ernesto Spinelli, Viktor Frankl and R. D. Laing
• compares and contrasts the various approaches, highlighting areas of commonality and difference
• outlines key debates within the existential therapy field
• provides detailed suggestions for further reading

Existential Therapies offers students and practitioners of all orientations much that they can incorporate into their own therapeutic work, and each approach is vividly brought to life through therapist–client dialogues and case studies. Written in an accessible, warm, and engaging manner, Existential Therapies is an essential introduction to this rich, vibrant and stimulating field.


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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
By Tim
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Existential therapy is an increasingly popular approach.
Until now, though, each proponent of existential therapy - Yalom, Frankl, van Deurzen, Spinelli and the rest - have written almost as if they were inventing the approach. The field is now mature enough for a knowledgable, sympathetic practioner to survey the field and compare the approaches.
Mick Cooper, a UKCP registered therapist, has written such a book. He takes each approach and describes it and then critiques it in such a way as to give the reader a good idea of its strengths and weaknesses.
The title shows Coopers own view - which is surely right - that there is not just one existential therapy, but a whole range of existential therapies.
Cooper is also good at making this sometimes complicated-sounding approach understandable, and provides an accessible introduction to some of the philosophical ideas behind it.
Thoroughly recommended.
Tim LeBon (UKCP registered psychotherapist, author of Wise Therapy)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for learning more about Existentialism 3 Nov 2010
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and Mick Cooper writes in a really accessible way. Some of the book needed a lot of concentration from me to try and understand the concepts he looked at, but this did not detract from my enjoyment.

I found the 'further reading' section at the end of each chapter to be really useful and have since ordered further books from some of the lists.

I have certainly 'got the bug' for learning more about Existential Therapy and for trying to incorporate it into my practice eventually (I am on the final year of my Counselling Diploma course).

I think it's certainly a book to read if you're unsure and curious about the Existential approach and maybe, like me, it will fuel your desire to learn more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent review of existential therapies 10 Sep 2005
By Stephen Curtin - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very through and well thought out review of the current existential therapies. The author sought out current practitioners of each school to give not only a historical perspective, but a view of the current thinking. The book is rich with references. An excellent introduction to existential therapies as they are practices in the United Kingdom, the continent of Europe, and in the United States.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough and brief explaination of the existential approaches to therapy 13 Jan 2011
By Katherine R. Werner - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought this book provided a great introduction to the many schools of thought in the existential approaches to therapy. As a clinical psychology doctoral student orientating in existential psychology, I have read many other books on this topic and have found them filled with jargon and often difficult to understand. Cooper's discussion about the different existential therapies was a thorough, understandable, and quick to read. Additionally, Cooper provided strengths and criticisms of each of the approaches discussed providing a three dimensional look into the approach and the theorists involved in the existential theories of psychotherapy. I would recommend this book for those who are just beginning to explore the existential theoretical orientation as well as advanced therapy or psychology students.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An update on existential psychotherapy 22 Mar 2011
By W. D. Holden - Published on Amazon.com
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This little book is an excellent summary of existential psychotherapy. It begins with a brief and clear summary of existential philosophy, then reviews the major sub-schools of existential psychotherapy. The book discusses some historical developments within existential psychotherapy that were strangely lacking from my graduate school text, but its major value is bringing the reader almost up to date with what is happening in this field. The book is well written and pleasantly free of some of the prejudices that occasionally arise in existential circles against spiritual and religious ideas. My only real problem with the book is its cost: Surprisingly expensive for such a short book. Even so, it is well worth the read for psychotherapists who want to deal with the deeper issues with which their patients struggle.
4.0 out of 5 stars Expensive, but good book 1 Feb 2013
By Janet - Published on Amazon.com
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So far this book has been very good. I'm reading it for a class, and it's interesting and relatively engaging (esp considering it is a textbook!). It's too bad such a small book has to be so expensive though.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 12 Oct 2014
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