Psychotherapy Skills in Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy Book Report

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Skills in Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy by Martin Adams and Emmy Van Deurzen is the first book that can be considered as the first convenient and matter-of-fact introduction to an Existential approach that is skills-based. Those who are not acquainted with philosophy can easily access this boos as it provides several genuine and substantial skills, tasks and connections required in Existential practice. The book is an actual guide for enabling clients to grow to be more philosophical and thoughtful about life. It also guides them to become more capable of taking responsibility for their life.

The main features of this book are several in numbers. Firstly, it provides a hypothetical and speculative background of Existential Therapy along with its history. Secondly, the authors have focused on the nucleus of Existential Therapy by examining the phenomenological practice. In addition, it clearly describes the essential characteristics that must be present in a therapist as an individual being. The book also guides existential psychotherapist about how to survive. In addition to this, good living qualities are also being explored to help the reader live a life that is fruitful and pleasant. The authors have also explored the therapeutic processes and the nature of change. Last but not the least, they have also tried to clarify the mistaken beliefs and false impressions regarding the Existential approach. There are eight chapters in the book that are structured to discuss Existential therapy and counseling from the basics. The book ends with a summary of the major point-of-views that the authors have advocated along with a glossary and other reading recommendations (Deurzen & Adams, 2011).

The major feature of this boos is that the authors have connected Existential principles with practice in an excellent manner. It won't be incorrect to state that this book offers a really essential resource for people who have just started their training to help them in their career ahead and also for the practitioners who are experienced but seek to learn more about their field. Although the Existential philosophical ideas have been explained in a concise manner, the authors have avoided oversimplifying them. This book is written in such a manner that every interested individual can acquire knowledge related to Existential approach in a rather easy manner. In other words, those who are not familiar with Existential Therapy can access this book as an introductory text as it attracts attention due to a lot of summations, deep and insightful exercises and case studies for theoretical illustration. Thus, both the beginners who have existential therapeutic approach as an integral part of their training as well as experienced therapists who supervise their juniors may find this book as a very helpful channel to acquire the needed knowledge. It may also serve as a very useful guide for people who are keen to inculcate the Existential approach into their practice. It can be said without a doubt that every organization must have this book as a part of their library's shelf.

The reason why this book holds great value is that it covers a practical approach in a wonderful manner from the first page to the last one. The authors have not provided ideas that are impersonating, unclear or perplexing. Instead, they have been successful in delivering genuine propositions for practicing. It can be said that this book can be a well-nigh "just the thing" for students who have existential counseling and psychotherapy as a major part of their courses. However, both students and teachers may take benefit of this book by savoring the understandable, exact and marvelously realistic description contained within it. After a long wait, the Existential Therapy has been discussed…

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Deurzen, E.V., & Adams, M. (2011). Skills in Existential Counseling & Psychotherapy. London: SAGE Publications.

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