A Concise Introduction to Existential Counselling by Martin Adams

By Martin Adams

'A concise advent to existential counselling is an excellent addition to the literature on existential counselling and psychotherapy. Martin Adams presents a great evaluation of the sphere if you happen to are new to it whilst distilling key positive factors in a fashion with a purpose to be priceless for skilled practitioners' - Meg Barker, Senior Lecturer in Psychology on the Open University

A Concise advent to Existential Counselling is simply that: a short and obtainable pocket consultant to the underlying conception & perform of the existential approach.

Addressing every little thing a brand new trainee must be aware of and do in a fashion that's fullyyt obtainable and jargon-free, this book:

- offers a quick background of the existential tradition

- places key techniques into contexts, exhibiting how conception interprets into practice

- Discusses matters within the healing process

- exhibits the best way to paintings successfully with regardless of the shopper brings to the session

- Addresses the importance of existential notion within the wider world

This publication may be the ideal significant other to new trainees trying to embark on their route to pondering and training existentially.

Martin Adams is a practitioner and manager in inner most perform and a Lecturer on the New tuition of Psychotherapy and Regents collage, either in London.

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Inauthenticity, therefore, is about denial of authorship and personal responsibility. A characteristic of inauthentic living is when we feel caused by events, by others, and that life is a technical problem to be solved. Taking responsibility is hard to sustain for any length of time, and for this reason existentialists prefer to talk about the single idea of authenticity/ inauthenticity because there is always an amount of each in everything we do. e. to live more authentically. The dynamic nature of existence The existential approach challenges the idea of a fixed self because the ‘self’ is not something we have – it is the constantly changing product of our choices and actions.

In counselling, there will always be a certain amount of anxiety because we never know what will happen next. This may be felt as excitement if we are comfortable with it, and fear when we are not. In this sense, both the counsellor and the client should always be feeling apprehensive and, if not, there will be a monologue or a duologue pretending to be a dialogue. They will be finding out things they already know. Martin Heidegger (1962: 211) calls this ‘idle talk’. At the root of all symptoms is a loss of dialogue.

An example of this is that one person’s view of their relationship with someone will be different from the other person’s view of the same relationship. It means that we have to observe ourselves observing in order to catch the influence of our assumptions. indd 51 07/12/2012 4:04:03 PM A Concise Introduction to Existential Counselling Husserl reminds us furthermore that we imagine that our perceptions are facts, when they are actually only interpretations based on hidden assumptions. He said that these assumptions close down our understanding and that we should try to reduce their effect and see things as if for the first time.

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