• Summary
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‘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.

Being and Becoming an Existential Counsellor
Being and becoming an existential counsellor
Chapter Overview

In this chapter, I will be rounding the book up by looking at some of the issues to do with what it means to work as an existential counsellor. This will take in who the existential counsellor is as a person in their own right, and what they need to work effectively. It will also consider ethics and how we monitor our practice individually and as a profession and, last but not least, I offer some thoughts on developing a personal style.

The Person of the Counsellor

We tend to think that maturity comes with age but this is not necessarily the case with existential maturity, which is about acceptance of the givens of existence ...

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