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Psychotherapy and the Quest for Happiness

Psychotherapy and the Quest for Happiness

December 2008 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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 counselors. 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 practicing counselors and psychotherapists, especially those interested in the existential approach.

Pandora's Box
Values and Beliefs in Psychotherapy

The Good Life
Philosophy as a Guide to Therapy

Positive Psychology
Science of Well Being

Predictable Difficulties
Everyday Challenges

Life Crisis: Triumph over Trauma
Speech is Silver, Silence Golden
Feelings remain Unspoken

The Meaning of Being: Beyond the Quest for Happiness

As this was a short course, only one book was recommended.

Dr Linda Leon
Madingley College, Cambridge University
June 7, 2013

An accessible introduction to the existentialist perspective from a leading authority on the subject.

Mr John Perry
School of Medicine, Southampton University
June 28, 2012

A must have for those working with clients from an existential perspective, but also for Counsellors generally. It explores some fundamental questions about the aims of Counselling, and potentially Counsellors desires for their clients, be they trainees or qualified.

Mr Mike Bancroft
Counselling, Alton College
February 15, 2012

Very well written and useful text for our course

Dr Tatiana Bachkirova
Mangement and Organisational Studies, Oxford Brookes University
November 13, 2010

Van Deurzen show a passion for the subject of life and while steeped in an existentialist tradition - draws widely from a number of fields to bring to light the focus of the book - Happiness and its place in our existence and how we might approach this as therapists. A great read.

Mr Kieran Vivian-Byrne
School of Care Sciences, Glamorgan University
September 14, 2010

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