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Existential therapy : 100 key points and techniques

Author: Susan Iacovou; Karen Weixel-Dixon
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2015.
Series: 100 key points.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Iacovou; Karen Weixel-Dixon
ISBN: 9780415644419 0415644410 9780415644426 0415644429
OCLC Number: 894183714
Description: xviii, 249 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: Part 1. Existentialism --
Inception to Present Day: 1. What is existentialism? --
2. Historical background, philosophical foundations --
3. The basis of a existential approach to therapy --
4. Existential therapy here and now --
Part 2. Theoretical Assumptions: 5. Existence and essence and the concept of self --
6. Being-in-the-world --
7. Being-in-the-world-with-others --
8. The universals of human existence --
9. The ontic and the ontological --
10. Existence precedes essence --
creating a self out of nothing --
11. The contribution of phenomenology --
12. The Phenomenological Method --
13. Intentionality --
14. Noema and noesis --
15. Relatedness and the formation of the self --
16. Inter-subjectivity --
17. Freedom, choice and responsibility --
18. Throwness, limitations and finitude --
19. The centrality of anxiety, loss and suffering --
20. Death and nothingness --
21. Existential guilt --
22. Authenticity and inauthenticity, bad faith and good faith --
23. Meaning and absurdity in a meaningless cosmos --
24. Temporality and orientation towards the future --
25. Embodiment and the world --
26. An existential perspective on sexuality --
27. Consciousness and the unconscious --
28. Absolute truth, the not-knowing and the un-knowing --
29. A theory of emotions --
30. The four worlds: physical, personal, social, spiritual --
31. Worlding, worldview, values and sedimented beliefs --
32. The I, you and we focus --
33. Anti-psychiatry and the social construction of madness --
34. Language and existentialism --
Part 3. Existential phenomenological therapy in practice: 3.1. The foundational elements of an existential therapeutic relationship: 35. The therapy environment --
36. The initial encounter --
37. The role of the therapist --
38. The role of the client --
39. Contracting and boundary setting --
40. Assessment from an existential perspective --
41. The aim of existential psychotherapy --
42. The centrality of the therapeutic encounter --
3.2. Key therapeutic tasks: 43. Exploring the four worlds --
44. Mapping the client's worldview --
45. Tuning in to emotions --
46. Presence, immediacy and moving to an I-Thou --
47. Making the implicit, explicit --
48. Choosing and changing --
49. Creating/finding a project, meaning and values --
50. Confronting freedom and limitations --
51. Developing an appreciation for the authentic self-in-relation --
52. Dealing with breakdowns and crises --
53. Being and non-being and the courage to be --
54. Ending therapy --
3.3. Working existentially with what the client brings: 55. Exploring isolation and loneliness --
56. Working with unhappiness and dis-ease --
57. The lessons of guilt and shame --
58. Understanding and managing dilemmas and conflict --
59. Working with paradox, polarities and existential tensions --
60. Coping with death, loss and suffering, and the potential for growth --
61. Supporting the client living with serious or terminal illness --
62. Using dreams and imagination to elucidate the client's way of being-in-the-world --
63. Dealing with voices and hallucinations in existential therapy --
64. Working with anxiety: existential, neurotic and normal --
65. Working with addictions --
66. Working with depression --
67. An existential understanding of trauma, and how to engage with it --
68. An existential perspective on self-harm --
69. Using philosophy to inform work with suicide and suicidal ideation --
3.4. Key competencies of the existential therapist: 70. Developing a personal existential therapy --
71. Adopting an existential attitude --
72. Descriptive interpretation rather than explanation --
73. Being-with an being-for the client --
74. Taking the role of the other --
75. Challenging with curiosity and directness --
76. Assuming a dialogical attitude --
77. Normalising verses diagnosing: an existential perspective --
78. Working existentially in a time-limited way --
79. Using myth, metaphor and philosophy --
80. Exploring sexuality, gender and identity in existential terms --
81. Leaping ahead versus leaping in --
82. Wisdom and the passionate life --
83. Working existentially with groups --
84. Existential relationship therapy --
Part 4. Ethics and existential therapy: 85. Choosing who to work with --
86. Confidentiality, note-taking and relations with outside agencies --
87. Assessing and managing risk --
88. The issue of power in existential therapy --
89. Self-disclosure in an existential framework --
90. Existential supervision skills --
91. Life after existential therapy --
Part 5. Bringing it all together: 92. Critical perspectives on existential psychotherapy --
93. A critique of the dominant scientific paradign in psychotherapy --
94. Research and the effectiveness of existential therapy --
95. Shared origins, multiple directions --
96. The British School of existential therapy --
97. The European School of existential therapy --
98. The North American School of existential therapy --
99. Existentialism and other therapeutic orientations --
100. The case of existentialism as an over-arching framework.
Series Title: 100 key points.
Responsibility: Susan Iacovou and Karen Weixel-Dixon.

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