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 10: SUMMING UP: Putting it all Together
‘What I really need is to get clear about what I must do, not what I must know; the crucial thing is to find a truth which is truth for me, to find the idea for which I am willing to live and die.’
Although people wishing to work existentially do not necessarily need to know the philosophy in great detail, they do need some discipline and method in how to think philosophically.
There has long been a debate about how to define existential philosophy, and it is in the nature of existential thinking that it will always remain controversial. It will always give us food for thought. ...