The unspoken yearning that brings people to therapy is often that of a desperate desire for happiness. Should therapists ignore this desire, interpret it or challenge it? And what does our preoccupation with happiness tell us about contemporary culture and the role of the therapist?
In this book, Emmy van Deurzen addresses the taboo subject of the moral role of psychotherapists and counselors. Asking when and why we decided that the aim of life is to be happy, she poses searching questions about the meaning of life. Psychotherapy and the Quest for Happiness seeks to define what a good life consists of and how therapists might help their clients to live well rather than just in search of happiness.
This text makes stimulating reading for all trainee and practicing counselors and psychotherapists, especially those interested in the existential approach.
- Introduction Happiness and Psychotherapy
- Chapter 1: Opening Pandora's Box: Values and Beliefs in Psychotherapy
- Chapter 2: The Good Life: Philosophy as a Guide to Therapy
- Chapter 3: Positive Psychology: A Science of Well Being
- Chapter 4: Predictable Difficulties: Everyday Challenges
- Chapter 5: Life Crisis: Triumph over Trauma
- Chapter 6: Speech is Silver and Silence Golden: Feelings Remain Unspoken
- Chapter 7: The Meaning of Being: Beyond the Quest for Happiness