‘A concise introduction to existential counselling is a superb addition to the literature on existential counselling and psychotherapy. Martin Adams provides an excellent overview of the field for those who are new to it at the same time as distilling key features in a way which will be valuable for experienced practitioners’ – Meg Barker, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the Open University
A Concise Introduction to Existential Counselling is just that: a brief and accessible pocket guide to the underlying theory & practice of the existential approach.
Addressing everything a new trainee needs to know and do in a way that is entirely accessible and jargon-free, this book: – Provides a short history of the existential tradition; – Puts key concepts into contexts, showing how theory translates into practice; – Discusses issues in the therapeutic process; – Shows how to work effectively with whatever the client brings to the session; – Addresses the significance of existential thought in the wider world
This book will be the perfect companion to new trainees looking to embark on their path to thinking and practicing existentially.
Martin Adams is a practitioner and supervisor in private practice and a Lecturer at the New School of Psychotherapy and Regents College, both in London.
Chapter 1: An Overview of Existential Counselling
An Overview of Existential Counselling
In this chapter, I will introduce the reader to existential counselling and to some of the ideas that underpin it. I will begin with an account of some existential counselling. Like all written accounts, it is of course edited and anonymised – no account can ever be complete, as meanings are too variable and life is too complex for this. All we can do is aim for some narrative and existential truths. This account will be referred to from time to time throughout the book to illustrate the points under discussion.
Following this, I introduce the ideas by considering the history of the existential perspective and the aims and objectives of existential counselling. From there, I ...