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Existential-Humanistic

Irvin Yalom on Existential Psychotherapy and Death Anxiety
Irvin Yalom reflects on instrumental moments in his career as a psychotherapist and writer. This excerpt from his biography, Psychotherapy and the Human Condition, begins with him recalling his first case presentation in medical school.
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James Bugental on Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy
The late existential-humanistic psychotherapist James Bugental reflects on his life and work. His insistence on therapist and client presence predated the current interest in mindfulness and psychotherapy.
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In Search of Self: My Therapy with Rogers, Satir, Bugental, Polster, Yalom, & Maslow
by Deb Hammond
A psychotherapy student assembles her dream team for guidance toward self-actualization.
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Looking Out the Patient's Window Redux: Self-disclosure and Genuineness
by Irvin Yalom
Yalom is confronted to live up to his ideals of therapist self-disclosure and authenticity. Excerpted from the recently updated version of The Gift of Therapy. Signed copy of book available.


Thomas Moore on the Soul of Psychotherapy
Drawing upon his background in religion, psychology and the arts, Care of the Soul author, Thomas Moore, shares about the wisdom of creating a "psychotherapy of one's own."
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Anita Barrows on Love, Poetry and Autism
Psychologist, poet, translator and autism specialist, Anita Barrows, PhD, shares about the pain that first led her to psychotherapy, the importance of bringing love into our work, her identity as a poet, and entering the world of autistic children.
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Gary Greenberg on the DSM and Its Woes
Psychotherapist and muckraking author, Gary Greenberg, shares the critical insights—and skepticism—that formed the basis of his two best-selling books, Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease and The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry.
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Psychotherapy Isn't What You Think: Bringing the Psychotherapeutic Engagement into the Living Moment
by James Bugental
In this exclusive excerpt from his book, renowned existential-humanistic psychologist Jim Bugental reflects on his philosophy of psychotherapy.
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The Gift of Therapy
by Irvin Yalom
Existential psychotherapist Irv Yalom offers insights into the therapist's role as an obstacle remover and fellow traveler. Excerpted from his book The Gift of Therapy. Signed copy of book available.


Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death
by Irvin Yalom
In this exclusive excerpt from his latest book, Irvin Yalom delves into the ultimate existential concern, and how therapists can help clients in facing death anxiety. Signed copy of book available.
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The Schopenhauer Cure
by Irvin Yalom
An excerpted introduction to psychiatrist Irv Yalom's new novel about the challenging reunion between a therapist and his long-ago patient, who is now a philosophical counselor. Signed copy of book available.


Food for the Soul
by Myrtle Heery
Dr. Heery travels to Russia at the summoning of her soul, and rediscovers the living moment.


Words Against the Void: Poems by an Existential Psychologist
by Tom Greening
Humorous yet profound musings on psychotherapy and the human condition, excerpted from his recent book, Words Against the Void.


Awakening to Awe: A Book Review
by Bob Edelstein
A review of existential psychologist and author Kirk Schneider’s latest work, which explores the nature and power of awe through interviews of people personally transformed by an emotion which has been much neglected by psychology.


Letting the Patient Matter: Some Thoughts on Irvin Yalom's View of the Therapeutic Relationship
by Barbara Jamison
Jamison reviews highlights of Yalom's new book, The Gift of Therapy. focusing on his willingness to engage fully and reveal himself in the therapeutic relationship. Signed copy of book available.


The Spinoza Problem: An Excerpt
by Irvin Yalom
By imagining the unexpected intersection of Jewish philosopher Spinoza’s life with that of powerful Nazi ideologue Alfred Rosenberg, bestselling novelist Irvin Yalom explores the mindsets of two men separated by 300 years. Psychotherapy.net is pleased to publish this exclusive excerpt, as well as offer signed copies of this book. Signed copy of book available.


Trusting the Client as the Agent of Change
by Tracy A. Knight
Reflections on the client's capacity for change, including a case study of a successful single-session therapeutic intervention.


Working in the Here-and-Now of the Therapeutic Relationship
by Nancy Gunzberg
Working in the here-and-now of the therapeutic relationship requires therapists to be fully engaged, and take risks in revealing themselves. But utilizing the transference and counter-transference makes for rewarding and powerful therapy.
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Jeffrey Kottler on Being a Therapist
Prolific writer, professor and psychologist Jeffrey Kottler imparts his wisdom and a healthy dose of humor, curiosity and unflinching honesty about the therapist's actual experience in the room with cilents.
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Existential Poems
by Tom Greening
Lyrical reflections on psychotherapy.


After the Diagnosis: Helping Patients Cope With their Emotions
by Gary McClain
Psychotherapist Gary McClain discusses the importance of understanding clients' reactions to new diagnoses, the three main responses they have, and advocating for them with healthcare providers.
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Psychotherapy and the Care of Souls
by Thomas Moore
Famed Care of the Soul author, Thomas Moore, offers insights into what makes a good therapist. Hint: You can't learn it from a manual.


Creatures of a Day
by Irvin Yalom
Read a story, "The Crooked Cure," excerpted from Irvin Yalom's new book, Creatures of a Day, about a peculiar client with writer's block. Signed copy of book available.


Diana Fosha on Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
AEDP founder Diana Fosha discusses the journey that led her to create a new model of psychotherapy, the strong community support that ties the AEDP community together and how men have traditionally gotten a bum rap in couples therapy.
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Maria Gonzalez-Blue on Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapy
An expressive arts therapist discusses the person-centered foundations of her work, and recounts transformative experiences with individual clients as well as in groups and international settings.
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A Few Simple Questions
by Saul Spiro
A satiric take on the Mental Status Exam.