A Concise Introduction to Existential Counselling by Martin Adams

By Martin Adams

'A concise creation to existential counselling is an excellent addition to the literature on existential counselling and psychotherapy. Martin Adams presents an outstanding evaluate of the sector when you are new to it even as distilling key beneficial properties in a fashion as a way to be important for knowledgeable practitioners' - Meg Barker, Senior Lecturer in Psychology on the Open University

A Concise creation to Existential Counselling is simply that: a quick and obtainable pocket consultant to the underlying idea & perform of the existential approach.

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

- offers a brief historical past of the existential tradition

- places key ideas into contexts, displaying how conception interprets into practice

- Discusses concerns within the healing process

- indicates tips to paintings successfully with regardless of the purchaser brings to the session

- Addresses the importance of existential inspiration within the wider world

This publication stands out as the excellent significant other to new trainees seeking to embark on their route to pondering and practising existentially.

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

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It is the subject of Jean-Paul Sartre’s novel, Nausea (2000). It is absurdity, and a reminder of our groundlessness. It is the price we pay for consciousness, for being able to reflect on past choices and future possibilities and for being aware of our own death. Sometimes, when this gets too much, we try to impose control and order, but by doing this we make ourselves feel less alive. This is a perpetual dilemma for us. Although we cannot feel Anxiety directly, we are constantly reminded of it in our everyday experience of anxiety, fearfulness and agitation.

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.

It is just a map, but it is useful for our practice to remind us not just how broad existence is and also which aspects of their life clients are currently engaging with and, perhaps more importantly, which they are not engaging with. Each world contains a dilemma and a paradox that we meet in different ways throughout our lives and which evoke anxiety simply because they are unsolvable. In the physical world – the Umwelt – we relate to our environment and the world around us. This includes our material surroundings, our capacity for health and illness and our relationship to our own mortality.

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