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Skills in Existential Counselling & Psychotherapy (Skills in Counselling & Psychotherapy Series) [Kindle Edition]

Martin Adams , Professor Emmy van Deurzen
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'This is an introductory text for those unfamiliar with existential therapy. It is written in an accessible style, is attractively laid out and contains many synopses, reflective exercises and case examples to illustrate the theory. As someone whose training includes the existential therapeutic approach, and who has ongoing experience of supervising existential therapists, I found this a useful guide for students and teachers alike, as well as those seeking to integrate the approach into their practice...certainly deserves a place on the library shelf of every organisation' -
Therapy Today


'The huge value of this book comes from the wonderfully practical approach that is taken throughout. Instead of simply parroting ideas that for many seem vague or even incomprehensible, the authors provide concrete suggestions for practice. In terms of meeting the needs of the likely key market (students studying on courses in existential counselling and psychotherapy) it is nigh-on perfect. If any students are reading this review then I would strongly recommend you buy this book. Indeed, I would recommend that anyone interested in existential counselling and psychotherapy, whether student or experienced practitioner/teacher, buy this book and relish the clear, accurate and superbly practical exposition contained therein that is all too rare in this field.'
Dr. Darren Langdridge
Journal of Existential Analysis


'At last - a lucid and accessible overview of the 'British model' of Existential therapy. With its clear language and well-judged examples of practice this is an essential resource for trainees and practitioners alike'
Professor Simon du Plock
Metanoia Institute and Middlesex University


'A standard criticism of the Existential approach is that while the ideas are relevant, the implications for practice are vague. In response, this rather unique book offers a handbook of practical approaches intrinsic to the challenge of working within the Existential paradigm. It is essential reading for anybody interested in Existential therapy and will be of significant value to any practitioner of therapy of whatever modality'
Ray Woolfe
Chartered Counselling Psychologist in private practice

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 512 KB
  • Print Length: 177 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1412947804
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd (30 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009KZXIG4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Much Needed Practical Perspective 12 Sep 2011
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The tradition of existential psychotherapy has been dogged by its reputation as a vague, overly academic and ultimately impractical discipline since inception. Therapists have been given an emphasis on being and not doing, and any apprehensions they might have as to how they should actually act in the relationship is passed off as being grist for the mill of anxiety.

This book begins to construct a very clear set of practical guidelines for the existential therapist to follow, while at same time staying with the strong philosophical and client-focused tradition it springs from. Therapists are given a framework of understanding anxiety and depression that is highly adaptable to clients and other varying models, while at the same time allowing an understanding of existential givens to inform the work.

The book is well structured into punchy chapters, regular fly-outs and sub-sections that allow the user to quickly navigate the text and pull out useful sections as and when needed. Its regular mix of formats and styles means that the existentialism, content that is far too often presented as inaccessibly as possible, is made very available for both the persuser and the cover to cover reader alike.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. A. C. Thorne VINE VOICE
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On the face of it Existential counselling and psychotherapy should be easy to do after all you sit with the client and share the truth of their life as it is, and therefore isn't it about the meaning of life... Oh yes, that actually means it probably won't be that easy! That in a very tongue in cheek way describes the reaction of some of my students past and present, who when we have discussed this type of therapy, have often moved from an attitude of 'it's too simplistic', to something akin to throwing their hands in the air and running from the room once they begin to realise just how challenging any discussion involving the meaning of anybody's life really can be.
Next in the education of those who stay beyond this point is the information that on the whole there are no hard and fast 'tools' of therapy that are employed within the therapy, and you guessed it, about half of those who had remained from the first weeding out process also exit the room, at least metaphorically. The real kiss of death is likely to occur when I ask the students to read one of the seminal texts on the subject, and it is following this point that they turn up for their next class looking completely glazed over, and that's if they turn up at all. This is all a great shame because undertaken properly this therapy is one of those that really does change lives for the better in a very holistic way, and it as a sub-classification of counselling and psychotherapy needs to continue to replenish its raft of practitioners if it is to remain vital and relevant.
It is in this context that I came across this brilliant new text from Emmy Van Deurzen and Martin Adams. I don't use this word brilliant in anything other than its literal sense.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Ana
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Having read this book in just under a day I do not feel swamped nor overwhelmed by the content. I felt it was very accessible, the pace was brilliant, the case studies and illustrations brilliant as a way of bringing the points together, and the chapters well defined and fluid.

As someone who comes from a philosophical background and is on their journey to becoming a therapist in the long term, discovering Existential therapy is something of joy to me as it combines both of my passions. I am very excited as existential therapy and will definitely seek to incorporate the foundations described in the book.

I enjoyed this book as it does not prescribe but does not leave you floundering either, it helps with basic scaffolding and illustrates examples which you can then apply and look within yourself and your clients for. Thoroughly recommended for those who have an interest in Existential therapy, are practitioners or are in training.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buckets of wisdom and clarity 29 Jan 2014
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Let's be frank, this is a specialist book which is not likely to appeal to anyone outside of counselling and psychotherapy. For people interested in existential therapy it is the holy grail. I am thoroughly enjoying reading it and reflecting on its wisdom. I'm not entirely new to the subject which means I already have a grasp of phenomenology and person-centred counselling which may help me to understand more as I read it through for the first time, but already I am looking forward to reading it through for the second time and reflecting more deeply and trying to integrate its principles into my daily life and my counselling training.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable 28 Feb 2014
By Patrick RichardsFink - Published on Amazon.com
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As a therapist in training who is already familiar with Existential Psychotherapy on a theoretical and philosophical level, this book is phenomenal. While recognizing the absurdity of a "Skills In..." book for a discipline that explicitly rejects technique and manualizability, van Deurzen brings the reality of Existential Psychotherapy to light with suggestions, vignettes, and probing questions meant to bring the new practitioner to an understanding of why to do existential work -- and it is the nature of existentialism that the answer to how is only to be found in the why.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 8 Jan 2014
By Psychonut - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a masters student in counseling and I used this to help write a thesis paper using Existential Theory. It is a very good book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must to read 19 Oct 2013
By José Miguel Salmerón - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a book any psychiatric resident should read in their third or fourth year of training. I think is a great book to enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Instructive! 15 May 2013
By Eileen Eastman - Published on Amazon.com
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An extremely instructive, informative and useful book to possess if you are interested in Existential Counseling. It should be part of any prospective Counselors library.
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