‘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 2: Some Key Ideas in Existential Counselling
Some Key Ideas in Existential Counselling
In this chapter, I will be looking further into the ideas that inform existential thinking and practice. Some of these may seem abstract, like paradox, dilemma and uncertainty, while others like emotion, happiness and self-disclosure are more familiar, but they will all be related to everyday life and to existential counselling practice.
The Four Simultaneous Dimensions of Human Existence
Existential counselling does not have a theory of personality which divides people into types – this would subscribe to a theory of essences. Instead, the way a person is in the world at any one time can be plotted on a general map of human existence (Binswanger 1963; Yalom 1980; Baumeister 1992; Deurzen 2010), which distinguishes ...