Existential Therapies

Mick Cooper

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What does it mean to practice in an existential way?
What are the different existential approaches?
And what are their strengths and limitations?

Existential Therapies addresses these key questions and more by providing students and practitioners with an invaluable introduction to the diverse and multifaceted world of existential therapeutic practices.

Focusing on practical, face-to-face work with clients, the book
• introduces readers to six key existential therapies
• discusses key figures and their contributions, including Yalom, van Deurzen, Spinelli, Frankl and Laing
• compares and contrasts the various approaches, highlighting areas of commonality and difference
• outlines key debates within the field
• provides detailed suggestions for further reading.

Brought to life through therapist - client dialogues and case studies, Existential Therapies offers students and practitioners of all orientations much that they can incorporate into their own therapeutic work. Mick Cooper is Senior Lecturer in Counselling at Strathclyde University, and a UKCP registered Existential Psychotherapist.

Wat zegt de pers?

‘This publication marks a milestone providing an excellent, clear and critical overview of the contrasting forms of the approach as it is currently practised.’ - Emmy van Deurzen, New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, UK

‘This is a book of superb thoroughness and scholarship -an unprecedented guide to existential therapy’s chief positions and controversies.’ - Kirk J. Schneider, President of the Existential-Humanistic Institute, USA

‘This book should be required reading on any course where the existential tradition plays a part, and that includes person-centred courses and all sympathetic to the idea that psychotherapy is, in essence, a human encounter where warmth, understanding and a deep respect for the individual are key values.’ - Tony Merry