And what does our preoccupation with happiness tell us about contemporary culture and the role of the therapist? In this book, Emmy van Deurzen addresses the taboo subject of the moral role of psychotherapists and counsellors.
Author: Emmy van Deurzen
"A passionate and thought-provoking book, particularly in our present economic climate" - Therapy Today, May 2009 "A vibrant, passionate, and hugely readable text which goes to the heart of the therapeutic project: how to help clients lead fuller and more meaningful lives" - Mick Cooper, Professor of Counselling at University of Strathclyde The unspoken yearning that brings people to therapy is often that of a desperate desire for happiness. Should therapists ignore this desire, interpret it or challenge it? And what does our preoccupation with happiness tell us about contemporary culture and the role of the therapist? In this book, Emmy van Deurzen addresses the taboo subject of the moral role of psychotherapists and counsellors. Asking when and why we decided that the aim of life is to be happy, she poses searching questions about the meaning of life. Psychotherap y and the Quest for Happiness seeks to define what a good life consists of and how therapists might help their clients to live well rather than just in search of happiness. This text makes stimulating reading for all trainee and practising counsellors and psychotherapists, especially those interested in the existential approach. Emmy van Deurzen is Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Conflict and Reconciliation, and honorary Professor at the School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield
Throughout, the book provides practical and commonsense approaches to tackling sensitive issues in the therapeutic relationship with an emphasis on transparency and authenticity for both the client and therapist.
Author: Emmy van Deurzen
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Paradox and Passion in Psychotherapy , secondedition, is a fully updated edition of a classic guide toexistential psychotherapy by one of its leading practitioner. Examines the personal and subjective dimensions ofpsychotherapy in a fresh and bold manner Offers practical and common-sense approaches to tacklingsensitive issues when working with clients with an emphasis ontransparency and authenticity Weaves together concepts of existential psychotherapy with casestudies and the author’s experiential observations in aseamless narrative Covers a wide range of intimate existential issues, includingloneliness, survival, self-understanding, love, and passion
... Psychotherapy and the Quest for Happiness. London: Sage. Deurzen, E. van (
2010) Everyday Mysteries: Handbook of Existential Psychotherapy (2nd ed.).
London: Routledge. Deurzen, E. van (2012) Existential Counselling and ...
Author: Colin Feltham
Category: Social Science
At over 700 pages and with more than 100 contributions, this Fourth Edition brings together the essentials of counselling and psychotherapy theory, research, skills and practice. Including new content on assessment, theory, applications and settings, and with new chapter overviews and summaries, this continues to be the most comprehensive and accessible guide to the field for trainees or experienced practitioners.
Author: John Sommers-FlanaganPublish On: 2012-02-10
Other, more recent major figures in existential psychotherapy and some of their
key publications include: James Bugental ... Existential Counseling and
Psychotherapy in Practice (1988); Psychotherapy and the Quest for Happiness (
Author: John Sommers-Flanagan
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
"Student-friendly and comprehensive, Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories in Context and Practice, Second Edition provides an in-depth understanding of the origins, development, and key figures of each major theory and strongly emphasizes the application of these theories in real-world practice. Pedagogical features include opening chapter outlines, "Putting It In Practice" boxes, practitioner reflections, ethical highlights, case examples, as well as chapter summaries, chapter glossaries, and recommended readings and resources. The Second Edition includes a new section on treatment planning in each chapter and increased coverage of multicultural issues. A Study Guide for students is also available (978-0-470-90437-4)"--
Emmy van Deurzen is a psychologist, philosopher, psychotherapist and coach,
who established existential therapy in the ... in Practice (2nd edition Sage, 2002)
as well as her recent book: Psychotherapy and the Quest for Happiness (Sage, ...
Author: Emmy van Deurzen
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
Category: Social Science
Existential philosophies are concerned with reflecting on life and the human condition, helping us to think critically and creatively about the challenges of our lives and how best to meet them. This agenda-setting text illustrates how these ideas can be brought to bear on the practice of coaching. Existential Perspectives on Coaching shows how philosophical concepts can be used to illuminate clients' concerns, conflicts and life choices, and illustrates different ways of helping clients to take stock, reconsider their options and find a new path. Bringing together contributions from leading figures in the existential coaching field, the chapters are divided into three parts: • Part I outlines the essential values which underpin the existential approach and provides a clear framework for coaching existentially. • Part II explores the wide variety of settings in which existentially informed coaching can be used, from leadership and career development to life coaching. • Part III demonstrates how existential ideas can be used alongside other coaching approaches, such as NLP, CBT and Attachment Theory. With a clear, practice-focused approach, this text provides a robust foundation for existential coaching and is essential reading for all coaches, trainees, and those interested in the existential approach.
Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 7(3): 135–143. Deurzen, E. van (
1992). Dialogue in therapy. Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis, 3: 15–
23. Deurzen, E. van (2009). Psychotherapy and the quest for happiness. London:
Author: Martin Milton
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Therapy and Beyond: Counselling Psychology Contributions to Therapeutic and Social Issues presents an overview of the origins, current practices, and potential future of the discipline of counselling psychology. Presents an up-to-date review of the knowledge base behind the discipline of counselling psychology that addresses the notion of human wellbeing and critiques the concept of ‘psychopathology’ Includes an assessment of the contributions that counselling psychology makes to understanding people as individuals, in their working lives, and in wider social domains Offers an overview of counselling psychology's contributions beyond the consulting room, including practices in the domain of spirituality, the arts and creative media, and the environmental movement Critiques contemporary challenges facing research as well as the role that research methods have in responding to questions about humanity and individual experience
"While much has been written on the topic, this book is a brilliant contribution to the study of emotions.
Author: Paul R. Rasmussen
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
"While much has been written on the topic, this book is a brilliant contribution to the study of emotions. Some highlights include the section on the physiological foundations, which has an excellent section on neurotransmitters, biochemical imbalances, and the diathesis-stress interaction; Sections III and IV, which are helpful in describing clinical implications; and `Shortcuts to joy and happiness,' a helpful antidote to an often stress-filled world."---Daniel Eckstein, PhD, Professor, Medical Psychology, Saba University School of Medicine, Saba, Dutch-Antilles, West Indies --
Even his quest for happiness, in itself the most effective of all motivations, cannot
be taken at its face value, because the happiness the patient has in mind secretly
entails the fulfillment of all his contradictory neurotic wishes. During the ...
Author: Transnational Network for the Study of Physical, Psychological, and Spiritual Wellbeing. International ConferencePublish On: 2004
... of the direct and immediate relevance of the wisdom traditions to cutting edge
approaches to psychotherapy in the West. ... Most specifically, I am convinced we
can learn a great deal about the quest for happiness and wellbeing from the ...
Author: Transnational Network for the Study of Physical, Psychological, and Spiritual Wellbeing. International Conference
In this sweeping story, Hatching Charlie deals with the human condition: The nature of love and loving, life and relationships, single parenthood, divorce, mental illness, and suicide with humor and wisdom.
This book will take you on the life trajectory of individual and couples psychotherapist Charles McCormack who moves from a life of acting out and delinquency to become a faculty member of the Washington School of Psychiatry and Clinician of the Year in the State of Maryland. With candor, humor, spice, and great self-reflection McCormack tells how he "hatched" himself in the arduous pursuit of happiness and personal meaning. He shares his struggles with a history of broken attachments and racial violence in the Jim Crowe South, as well as his excruciating banishment to an ancient boarding school in France where he encountered ongoing sadism while being abruptly shorn of all family and friends at age 11. McCormack connects the dots from the terrible aloneness of his childhood to how these shaped him, for better and for worse, as a husband, father, grandfather, and therapist. Throughout the years of his life conveyed in this book, McCormack contends with mental illness and life and death issues, while wrestling to understand the nature of love and loving, and the obstacles to happiness, eventually realizing that most of us are as happy as we can stand. Counter-intuitively, in so doing, McCormack offers hope to us all when we flounder and can't, for the moment, see a clear and promising path forward. Hatching Charlie is an inspiring true to life memoir about how one person confronts his fear and isolation, and through the alchemy of self-understanding, forges a more gratifying adult pathway to a spring-fed life. For anyone desiring to be touched by one's individual journey in grappling with the great questions of life, McCormack's story will certainly illuminate elements of your own.
In doing so, the book: Allows for an integration of existential supervision within a consistent cross-theoretical framework Helps readers to take better account of the personal, ethical, political and cultural dimensions of their work ...
Author: Emmy van Deurzen
Publisher: Red Globe Press
Supervision is an essential part of counselling and psychotherapy practice. It is increasingly recognised as a tool for ensuring high professional standards. In an era of regulation and tightening control, there is a growing professional need to take stock and reflect on what it means to work with human problems. It is vital that therapists address the moral and philosophical dimensions of their profession and ask themselves what it is to be human. This rich and far-reaching book explores supervision from this timely philosophical perspective. Designed both for trainees and more seasoned professionals, whatever their theoretical orientation, it makes a clear case for seeing existential perspectives on supervision as complementary to, rather than as a substitute for, other forms of supervision. In doing so, the book: Allows for an integration of existential supervision within a consistent cross-theoretical framework Helps readers to take better account of the personal, ethical, political and cultural dimensions of their work Promises to rekindle practitioners' passion for their therapeutic work whilst broadening their vision
While many people areon a quest tobe happy, the fundamental problem is
thatthey neglecttoenjoy the moment. ... Psychotherapy, first formalizedby
Sigmund Freud, was designed aroundthe premiseof focusing inon one's faults
Author: Nicole Fisher
Publisher: Empowerment Nation
How do you define happiness? Is happiness a place, or a destination? If it is, how do you get there? This book will help you understand that happiness is not a place at all, but rather a state of mind or a conscious decision you must make for yourself. No one can give you happiness, and no one can take it away. Take a moment to determine how important happiness is to you. If it is not that important, then you have nothing to worry about. Just be satisfied with the way you probably are: unhappy. If happiness IS important to you, then there is room for improvement! Happiness is the glue that holds our lives together. Happiness, or the pursuit of it, is what gives us hope. Happiness and joy give our lives meaning, and keeps us going when things get rocky. If you are not happy, then it’s time to figure out what it will take to get you there! Inside "Be Happy!", you will learn how you define happiness, the science of happiness, the risk of being a people pleaser, and how you can develop a happiness mindset. It will also explain why you may feel like you do not deserve happiness and will help you take steps to change your thought processes. Learn how to find your passion and purpose, how to turn a bad situation around, and how to embrace change. Filled with wonderful analogies, this book will help you take steps to start improving your life, right now. Towards the end, you’ll learn a simple self-hypnosis technique and how to share the love with the "pink bubble" and start changing your life today, one conscious decision after another. Get started with your new, happy life you deserve by picking up "Be Happy! How to Stop Negative Thinking, Start Focusing on the Positive, and Create Your Happiness Mindset" today!
Meditations on Happiness and Success Manfred Kets de Vries. About the ...
Association), Kets de Vries scrutinizes the interface between international
management, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and dynamic psychiatry. ... He is a
founding member of the International Society The Quest tor Authenticigz About
Author: Manfred Kets de Vries
For most of us, the pursuit of happiness is the ultimate goal of existence: it gives us hope and a reason for living, motivating us to go on in spite of life's setbacks. In his coaching work with senior executives, Manfred Kets de Vries, concluded that self-knowledge and happiness are inextricably linked and that in the absence of self-knowledge, true happiness will always elude us. He believes that we need to reflect on what is important to us and set our priorities accordingly to be able to live life to the fullest. The Happiness Equation is a stimulating read with inspiring thoughts and ideas on how to become happier and live a more fulfilling life.
They should have learned from the psychotherapists that the loss of illusions and
the discovery of identity, though ... of the writings of humanistic psychologists,
there is implied a quest for happiness, often identified with positive mental health.
Author: Joseph Royce
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
THE FORMATIVE TENDENCY I have often pointed out that in my work with individuals in therapy, and in my experience in encounter groups, I have been led to the con viction that human nature is essentially constructive. When, in a ther apeutic climate (which can be objectively defined) a person becomes sharply aware of more of his or her internal experiencing and of the stimuli and demands from the external world, thus acquiring a full range of options, the person tends to move in the direction of becoming a socially constructive organism. But many are critical of this point of view. Why should such a positive direction be observed only in humans? Isn't this just pure op- · . ? timi sm. So quite hesitantly, because I have to draw on the work and thinking of others rather than on my own experience, I should like to try to set this directional tendency in a much broader context. I shall draw on my general reading in the field of science, but I should like to mention a special indebtedness to the work of Lancelot Whyte in The Universe of Experience (Harper and Row, 1974), the last book he wrote before his death. Though the book has flaws, in my judgment this historian has some thought-provoking themes to advance. I have learned from many others as well.
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Author: Steven H. Propp
Psychology means “the study of the soul”; it is the social science concerned with investigating who we are, why we have certain feelings, and why we do the things we do. Are we no more than a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules? Is biology (our genetic inheritance) “destiny,” or does social upbringing play a crucial role? What are the roles played by “Nature” and by “Nurture”? Are we purely physical beings, or is there an aspect that can be called “spiritual”? This thought-provoking novel takes you on a journey of intellectual and emotional exploration, considering along the way questions that we’ve all asked ourselves, such as: Is it true that we only use 10% of our brains? Does playing classical music for infants increase their intelligence? Do crime rates go up during a full moon? Can hypnosis, or post-hypnotic suggestions, make us do something we wouldn’t normally do? Does subliminal advertising influence us to buy products? Are our memories stored indelibly, almost like a tape recorder? What causes memory lapses as we age? Can “repressed” traumatic memories be recovered through hypnosis? Do some people have “multiple personalities”? How can I tell if someone has a “neurosis,” or a “psychosis”? Do men have an “inner feminine” side, and women an “inner masculine”? Are there innate psychological differences between males and females? The four main characters in this book will guide you through a diverse and sometimes bewildering world of differing approaches to answering such questions, such as Freudian, Jungian, and Adlerian; Humanistic, Existential, and Transpersonal; as well as Cognitive, Emotive, and Behaviorist. Along the way you will learn about the developmental stages proposed by psychologists such as Erikson, Kohlberg, Piaget, and Fowler, and even explore some of the questions currently being asked by both neuroscientists, and philosophers of the mind. Start reading, to begin your study of our innermost selves...
Unlike most other approaches to counselling and psychotherapy it did not
develop out of a theory but as a result of one man's quest to help his clients to
find happiness more effectively. This man is Arnold Lazarus. He recognised that ...
Author: Windy Dryden
Publisher: Psychology Press
Modelled on Three Psychologies: Perspectives from Freud, Skinner and Rogers, this book provides an introduction to an overview of the main therapeutic approaches used in psychotherapy and counselling today.
The international bestseller. An enthralling exploration of the science of happiness. We all know what it feels like to be happy, but what mechanisms inside our brains trigger such a positive emotion? What does it really mean to be happy, and why can’t we feel that way all of the time? Psychologists and neuroscientists have been studying negative emotions for decades, but until recently few have focused on the subject of happiness. Now, in The Science of Happiness, leading science journalist Stefan Klein ranges widely across the latest frontiers of neuroscience and psychology to explain how happiness is generated in our brains, what biological purpose it serves, and the conditions required to foster the ‘pursuit of happiness’. A remarkable synthesis of a growing body of research that has not been brought together before, The Science of Happiness is, ultimately, a book that helps us understand our own quest for happiness — and is certain to help make you happier.
This can lead to considerable confusion , since a therapist presents a double
message to the patient if he pretends to be omnipotent or have the answer to the quest for the good life and happiness ( Chessick 1969a ) . From various fields of ...
Both must be kept in mind—although often the role of the astrologer, like that of
the psychotherapist, is to facilitate ... and fulfilling all the social and academic
expectations placed upon her, Julie described her childhood as “blissfully happy,
” on ...
Author: Liz Greene
Publisher: Weiser Books
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
The longing for redemption is a many-headed daimon that dwells within the most earthbound and prosaic of souls. Neptune is the astrological symbol that describes this energy. Liz Greene, an internationally known astrologer, has given us the most complete and accessible book about Neptune ever written! She explores Neptune themes in literature, myth, politics, religion, fashion, and art to show how this energy manifests.
Like the rest of the field of medicine , psychotherapy has had to develop many
subspecialties . In the field of ... The quest for health and happiness has
burgeoned dramatically since World War II , particularly in the American culture .