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Developments in Psychotherapy charts and explores the origins and historical development of the major fields in counseling and psychotherapy, including person-centered, transactional analysis, Gestalt, cognitive, and behavioral therapy. Leading British and American psychotherapists discuss in detail the development of each approach-how, why, and where it came about-and the context and influences under which it was formulated. The contributors survey the evolution of the approaches and explain the significant shifts and trends that have occurred in their theory and practice, advances that are often not recognized or fully understood. Finally, the present-day roles of the different therapies are considered so that readers can relate them to their historical contexts. Highlighting the historical development of important therapeutic approaches, Developments in Psychotherapy will be a useful resource for all student and practicing counselors and psychotherapists.

The Existential-Phenomenological Movement, 1834–1995
The existential-phenomenological movement, 1834–1995
Simondu Plock

An existential psychotherapist might append to Montaigne's adage ‘To philosophize is to learn how to die’, the observation ‘and to begin to learn how to live’. Such an extension should serve to indicate the highly pragmatic and educative function of the existential approach, and its concern with the fundamental questions about how men and women may come to live their lives fully and in tune with what it means to be human, rather than deny this and seek to become like an animal or a stone.

We might expect such a project, the movement through which it has been expressed, and the model of therapy engendered by it, to have had a complex gestation and development and this ...

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