existential psychotherapy


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ex·is·ten·tial psy·cho·ther·a·py

a type of therapy, based on existential philosophy, emphasizing confrontation, primarily spontaneous interaction, and feeling experiences rather than rational thinking, with less attention given to patient's resistance; the therapist is involved on the same level and to the same degree as the patient.
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Instead of developing philosophical counseling, Emmy van Deurzen, as a philosopher and psychotherapist, prefers a philosophical practice of therapy in the form of existential psychotherapy.
The purpose of this article is to discuss the applicability of existential psychotherapy (May & Yalom, 2005) to career counseling with Black men.
Existential thought and therapeutic practice: An introduction to existential psychotherapy. London, England: Sage.
After 6 sessions grounded in the principles of Existential Psychotherapy, the intractable status of the physical symptomatology remitted, and the patients responded to medical management.
Unlike many other approaches in the discipline, existential psychotherapy relies not on clinically derived and oriented suppositions allied to medicine and natural sciences by instead on a number of seminal ideas and conclusions drawn from a philosophical system known as "existential phenomenology." Spinelli (psychotherapy and counseling, Regent's College, UK) thoroughly explains these theoretical underpinnings from the seminal ideas themselves to the world view of this relatively recent school of thought.
My book Existential Psychotherapy (1980) gives me pride because it gives some form to a new way of conceptualizing therapy.
Qualitative research provides an opening to explore approaches that have been ignored in randomized controlled trials, such as humanistic and existential psychotherapy, Slife says.
A radical enquiry, perhaps, but one that pertains to the very nature of existence and therefore, I contend, to existential psychotherapy.
Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling: Contributions to a Pluralistic Practice
In his magisterial Existential Psychotherapy (New York: Basic Books, 1980), Yalom classifies these concerns in four broad categories: Death, Freedom, Isolation, and Meaninglessness.
Everyday mysteries: A handbook of existential psychotherapy (2nd ed.).
"The process of existential psychotherapy." Psychiatric Quarterly, 34, 1960, 495-504.