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A concise introduction to existential counselling.


A concise introduction to existential counselling.

Adams, Martin.

Sage Publications


147 pages




This volume introduces non-specialists to the application of existential ideas to counseling, drawing ideas from the existential literature and existential practice. It begins with a discussion of existential counseling and the ideas underpinning it, the history of the existential perspective and the aims and objectives of this counseling, how to see the world existentially, and the ways the approach has been misunderstood. Subsequent chapters explain key ideas, such as paradox, dilemma, uncertainty, emotion, happiness, and self-disclosure; how the practice of phenomenology is the basis of the approach; how to work with clients; issues that arise in the process, such as assessment, context, boundaries, contracting, management of the sessions, and how people learn skills; working with clients with anxiety, depression, addictions, loss, and trauma; and being and becoming an existential counselor. He does not discuss working with psychiatric conditions.

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