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.

Speech is Silver and Silence Golden: Feelings Remain Unspoken

Speech is silver and silence golden: Feelings remain unspoken

Dig within. There lies the well-spring of good: ever dig, and it will ever flow

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations: 59

There is so much to do if we are to live a good and full life. It would be that much easier if all we had to do was to pursue a single minded quest for happiness. We would not need to worry about the complexities of therapy if problems and crises could be resolved purely by aiming for positives. Since we know that therapy has to do a lot more than simply making people feel happy, we need to consider what it is realistic to expect of therapists at all. ...

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