This pocket guide to modality approaches in counseling & psychotherapy is a one-stop-shop for trainees on introductory counseling courses. It describes 12 models of therapy, as well as introducing the origins of counseling and providing guidance and tips on practical issues like time-keeping, supervision, endings and boundaries. Each short approach-specific chapter has a consistent structure which allows easy comparison and cross-referencing between the modalities.

The chapters cover: Origins & background; Big names & big ideas; How the approach works & who it's for; Critical considerations; Identifying features; Reflection & summary; Learning ideas & suggested reading

This book is essential reading when choosing a professional counseling training in which to specialize, or if you just want an overview of other counseling modalities outside of your own.

Existential Counselling
Existential counselling
Origins and Background

The approach derives from existential philosophy and phenomenology.

It could be suggested that the person having the biggest initial influence on the development of this approach was Martin Heidegger (1889–1976), considered by many as the founder of Existentialism. His philosophy impacted on Swiss psychiatrists M. Boss (1903–1990) and L. Binswanger (1881–1966), who utilised it in their psychotherapy which could be called the start of the Existential counselling approach.

Many significant figures abound in this philosophy, including S.A. Kierkegaard (1813–1855), a Danish philosopher who highlighted the importance of personal choice and commitment when living our lives. His psychological work explored emotions and feelings about our life choices. Another was German philosopher and philologist F.W. Nietzsche (1844–1900), who believed people should challenge the constraints ...

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