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A landmark publication, The Handbook of Counseling defines the field of counselling - how it has developed, the current state of the discipline and profession, and where this dynamic field is going. Edited and with chapters contributed by the leaders in counselling education and research, including several past-presidents of the American Counselling Association, this Handbook is comprehensive in its scope.

Existential Counseling
Existential counseling
E. H. “Mike”RobinsonIII
Karyn DayleJones

Existential counseling is best described as a philosophical approach to counseling. The existential approach helps people who are isolated, alienated, and not finding meaning in life to deal with their anxiety by enabling them to find meaning and purpose in life and to maintain their identity. Existential counseling does not provide a specific model of counseling; rather, it focuses on understanding a variety of humans' experiences and asks deep questions about the nature of existence. Existential counseling focuses on the importance of anxiety, freedom, meaning, death, isolation, and responsibility.

Existential counseling is considered a phenomenological approach to counseling and was developed as a reaction to the two other major models, psychoanalysis and behaviorism (Corey, 1996); thus, it is considered a ...

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