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  • 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 (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,113,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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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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A very clear and concise overview of the varieties of existential therapy. A must for anyone studying or practicing this particular modality of therapy, and a good introduction for practitioners of other models.
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Good read. Product arrived in good time. Look forward to reading further.
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