This is the definitive practical introduction to a skills-based approach in existential therapy. Accessible for those without a philosophical background, it describes the concrete and tangible skills, tasks and interactions of existential practice. It covers the theoretical background and history of existential therapy, along with taking a phenomenological approach to practice and individual clients. This second edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect recent thinking, and expanded to include: * A new chapter on the applications of existential therapy in wider contexts, such as supervision and coaching. * A new chapter covering professional issues and challenges, such as working in the NHS, engaging with research and the use of the Internet in existential therapy. * A companion website which includes video content, featuring the authors explaining each chapter’s underpinning theory, and demonstrating the principles in practice. A much needed resource for trainees as well as experienced practitioners keen to expand their knowledge, the authors make the existential approach accessible to all those who wish to find out what it has to offer.
Chapter 6: What Really Matters to the Client
What Really Matters to the Client
‘We can’t have full knowledge all at once. We must start by believing; then afterwards we may be led on to master the evidence for ourselves.’
Some First Principles
The majority of clients have little interest in how psychotherapy works. They just want help in living a better life. They have reached a point in their lives where they do not want things to continue as they are, but do not know how to change them. They simply want to get on with their lives and not get into their usual traps and dead ends. Some clients hope for a painless solution – instant symptom relief. This puts the existential therapist in something of ...