Psychotherapy and the Quest For Happiness
By (author) Emmy Van Deurzen
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Psychotherapy and the Quest For Happiness by Emmy Van Deurzen
Book Description'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. "Psychotherapy 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780761944119
(234mm x 156mm x 13mm)
Imprint: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publish Date: 3-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Emmy Van Deurzen
Skills in Existential Counselling & Psychotherapy, Paperback (May 2016)
This book is the definitive practical introduction to a skills-based approach in existential therapy. The second edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect recent thinking, and includes a companion website with author videos explaining each chapter's underpinning theory, and demonstrating the principles in practice.
Paradox and Passion in Psychotherapy, Paperback (June 2015)
This is a fully updated edition of a classic guide to existential psychotherapy by a leading practitioner in the field. It examines the personal and subjective dimensions of psychotherapy, drawing on case studies and the author s own experiential observations.
Existential Perspectives on Relationship Therapy, Paperback (November 2013)
This text shines the light of existential thought on relationships, showing how an awareness of these theories can enrich practice. Taking in common issues clients bring to therapy, this text written by an internationally renowned team is a vital read for both those working existentially and those accessing existential thought for the first time.
Existential Counselling & Psychotherapy in Practice, Paperback (October 2012)» View all books by Emmy Van Deurzen
Offering a concrete framework and practical methods for working from an existential perspective, the bestselling Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy in Practice is now in its third edition.
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Author Biography - Emmy Van Deurzen
Emmy van Deurzen is an international authority on existential therapy, who lectures worldwide and whose work has been translated into many languages. She is the founder and principal of the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling in London and a visiting professor with Middlesex University. She also directs Dilemma Consultancy and the Existential Academy, in London and Sheffield. She was previously the founder and first Dean of the School of Psychotherapy at Regent's College and she was also the first chair of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. It was her initiative in forming the Society for Existential Analysis and its journal Existential Analysis, in 1988, the same year this book was first published, which established the field of existential psychotherapy and counselling in the United Kingdom.
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