- Subject index
Organized around the latest CACREP standards, <b>Counseling Theory: Guiding Reflective Practice</b>, by Richard D. Parsons and Naijian Zhang, presents theory as an essential component to both counselor identity formation and professional practice. Drawing on the contributions of current practitioners, the text uses both classical and cutting-edge theoretical models of change as lenses for processing client information and developing case conceptualizations and intervention plans. Each chapter provides a snapshot of a particular theory/approach and the major thinkers associated with each theory as well as case illustrations and guided practice exercises to help readers internalize the content presented and apply it to their own development as counselors.
Chapter 6: Existential Counseling and Psychotherapy
Existential Counseling and Psychotherapy
Man can find meaning in any existence, however meager.
Existential psychotherapy and counseling is concerned with helping clients find meaning in their own existence, whatever that existence may be. Based fundamentally on the philosophy that man's ultimate responsibility is to make meaning of his existence, existential counseling has, at its roots, the belief that the act of finding meaning in existence is the ultimate expression of man's freedom. A practitioner working with an existential approach will help clients examine their own unique reality and experience and, from that experience, develop a meaning that is unique to the individual. In this way, existential counseling fits with many of the more humanistic counseling approaches. Its focus ...