‘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 4: Working with What the Client Brings
Working with What the Client Brings
Having got to grips with some of the theory and the method of practice, we are now in the position to look at how to work existentially with some of the wider issues that clients bring to counselling. These include choice and responsibility, paradox and dilemma, working with the emotions, existential themes and values and beliefs and, lastly, working with dreams.
Working with Choice and Responsibility
In everyday life, we are overwhelmed with choices – choices of where to go, what to buy, what to do, etc., and we can easily get confused about what we want. But existentially these are not choices at all but options.
Existentially, choosing is nothing to do with selecting between ...