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Existential Therapies

Existential Therapies

Second Edition

November 2016 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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


Focusing on practical, face-to-face work with clients, the book introduces students to six existential therapies, highlighting areas of commonality and difference, and discusses key figures and their contributions, including Yalom, van Deurzen, Spinelli, Frankl and Laing. It outlines the critical perspectives and key debates, and presents implications for practice, reflection and further reading.


Fully updated to reflect current issues, this book now includes:


·         Sections presenting research evidence for each approach

·         An extended case study running through the book, demonstrating how different therapies might approach the same case

·         Chapter overviews, questions for reflection, and additional case studies of actual existential practice.

Introduction: The Rich Tapestry of Existential Therapies
Existential Philosophy: The Meaning of Being
Daseinsanalysis: Foundations for an Existential Therapy
Meaning-Centred Therapies: Discovering Meaning and Purpose in Life
Existential-Humanistic Therapy: Overcoming a Resistance to Life
R. D. Laing: Meeting without Masks
Existential-Phenomenological Therapy: The Exploration of Existence
Dimensions of Existential Therapeutic Practice
Discussion: Challenges and Possibilities for the Existential Therapies

This is a great book for students and practitioners, informative and accessible

Mrs Imelda Hatton-Yeo
School of Public health & Clinical Sci, University of Central Lancashire
January 12, 2017

An excellent resource for teaching existential therapies. I highly recommend it!

Dr Gianina-Ioana Postavaru
Psychology, Bishop Grosseteste University
October 27, 2016

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