‘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 5: Issues in the Counselling Process
Issues in the Counselling Process
In this chapter, I will be looking at some of the issues that come up in the way that existential counselling is done, in the counselling process. I start with an overview of the counselling process then move on to considering the existential meaning of practical issues like assessment, context, boundaries, contracting, management of the session and how we learn skills.
Existential Counselling as an Evolving Relationship
We all like to tell and to listen to stories. It is how we relate to ourselves and to each other. Sometimes we tell stories to entertain, sometimes to get insight but always to share and understand each other.
Basically, existential counselling is two people in a room forming a relationship ...