I came to this book with little knowledge of existential psychotherapy or existential philosophy. I found the book concise and easy to read, despite the fact that it deals with some fairly complex ideas. There is also a chapter on the work of R. By the end of the book I was under the maybe correct impression that those approaches under the existential umbrella have more to distinguish them than to unite them, even concerning central themes.
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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. It continues to set down the major historic and contemporary and debates, and to provide and invaluable map of the territory. As well as providing historical context and an overview of the existential approach and how it can be applied to therapy, this second edition expertly weaves in newer developments in the field including the existential-phenomenological approach, and time-limited existential therapy.
Existential therapies are also brought to life with a case study that runs the whole way through the book. Overall, a superb introduction and an important contribution to the field. Mick Cooper respectfully examines the differences and similarities of the various major approaches to existential therapy.
This should be required reading for all student and scholars in existential psychology. The second edition brings a good adjustment to the actual situation with a remaining dominance of the British and English language perspective.
Lively and practical book with reflected literature access — a perfect introduction, a perfect refresher!
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.
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With welcome clarity and sanity, Mick Cooper efficiently lays out the concepts, techniques and directions adopted by several key figures in the broad field of existentially informed psychotherapy. In that sense, this publication provides a missing link. One merit of the book is its systematic structure. As extensive, and in part as heterogeneous as existential philosophy and therapy also maybe, Mick Cooper had nevertheless been able to build convincing clusters with, on the one hand, an enormous understanding of details and, on the other, a far-sightedness that, like a map, provides orientation in the diversity of existential therapy. The author, Mick Cooper loves his subject, it fascinates and enthrals him, and we get to experience some of that, even though the book is "academic". Overall I rate the book highly. If I were to teach this course, I would use this book.