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Pragmatic Existential Counseling and Psychotherapy : Intimacy, Intuition, and the Search for Meaning

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Pragmatic Existential Counseling and Psychotherapy integrates concepts of positive psychology and strengths based therapy into existential therapy. Turning existential therapy on its head, this exciting, all-new title approaches the theory from a positive, rather than the traditional deficit model. Authored by a leading figure in existential therapy, Jerrold Lee Shapiro, the aim is to make existential therapy positive and easily accessible to a wide audience through a pragmatic, stage wise model. Shapiro expands on the work of Viktor Frankl and focuses on delivery to individuals and groups, men and women, and evidence based therapy. The key to his work is to help the client focus on resistance and to use it as a means of achieving therapeutic breakthroughs.  Filled with vignettes and rich case examples, the book is comprehensive, accessible, concrete, pragmatic and very human in connection between author and reader.  “This is a masterful primer on existential therapy that has been forged from the pen of a highly seasoned theorist, researcher, and practitioner. InPragmatic Existential Counseling and Psychotherapy we gain the insight and personal experience of one who has lived and breathed the field for over 50 years—alongside some of the greatest practitioners of the craft, most notably Viktor Frankl.  This volume is superb for students interested in a broad and substantive overview of the field.”  —Kirk Schneider, Columbia University

Pragmatic Counseling and Psychotherapy integrates concepts of positive psychology and strengths based therapy into existential therapy. This turns existential therapy on its head as it approaches the theory from a positive, rather than the traditional deficit model. The author?s aim is to make existential therapy, positive and easily accessible to a wide audience through a pragmatic, stage wise model. He expands on the work of Viktor Frankel and focuses on delivery to individuals and groups, men and women, and evidence based therapy. The key to his work is to help the client focus on resistance and to push through it as a means of achieving a break through.

The book begins with a description of the author?s experience as an existential therapist and then moves to merging philosophy and psychotherapy. It then presents the essential concepts and theory of existential therapy. It then moves on to the concept of resistance followed by the developmental processes of psychotherapy. Finally the book moves into working with special populations such as groups, individuals and particularly baby boomers.

Number of Pages: 362
Genre: Social Science, Psychology
Sub-Genre: Psychotherapy / General, Human Services
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Sage Pubns
Author: Jerrold Lee Shapiro
Language: English
Street Date: November 11, 2015
TCIN: 21530577
UPC: 9781483368993
Item Number (DPCI): 247-49-3743
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