‘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 3: Putting Theory into Practice
Putting Theory into Practice
As I said in the first chapter, the use of phenomenology to research into human meaning is one of the three principles that all existentialists share. In this chapter, I will describe further how the practice of phenomenology is the basis of existential counselling. It is phenomenology that makes the resilient and ethical link between theory and practice and by practising phenomenologically, we respect our clients’ existential concerns. I will start by outlining the philosophy behind phenomenology and then move on to talking about how it is related to the skills of existential counselling and make some suggestions for some interventions that are consistent with phenomenological practice.
Living and Working Phenomenologically
Effective living is about monitoring our discoveries about ...