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This comprehensive, topically arranged text provides a contemporary account of counseling theories as practiced by internationally acclaimed experts in the field. Each chapter covers the way mindfulness, strengths-based positive psychology, and the common factors model is integrated into the theory. A special emphasis on evidence-based practice helps readers prepare for their work in the field. Key Features  • The text focuses on how each theory presents a useful and effective basis for contemporary practice, providing students with the most up-to-date scholarship on current theories and how these theories guide the practice of today’s counselors and psychotherapists.  • Chapters are written by internationally acclaimed experts offering a truly global and complete perspective of the field.  • Discussion of the pros and cons of each theoretical approach allows students to ...

Existential Therapy: Confronting Life’s Ultimate Concerns
Existential Therapy: Confronting Life’s Ultimate Concerns
Stephen A. Diamond Loyola Marymount University and Ryokan College
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In this chapter I describe the basic theory and practice of contemporary existential therapy, focusing on the methods that existential clinicians use most commonly in confronting life’s existential crises and ultimate concerns with patients. Core existential themes include suffering and anxiety, courage and creativity, evil and the daimonic (Diamond, 1996; May, 1969a), freedom and responsibility, fate and destiny, despair and nihilism, and myth and meaning. Certain concepts, techniques, and attitudes are crucial to addressing central existential issues and cultivating the primarily relational character of contemporary existential therapy, including phenomenology, presence, kairos, encounter, self-disclosure, improvisation, discernment/mindfulness, dealing with dreams, and timely termination of ...

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