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Therapy with Children: An Existentialist Perspective / Edition 1

Therapy with Children: An Existentialist Perspective / Edition 1

by Chris Scalzo
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This book explores the existential themes and challenges present in all therapeutic relationships when working with children. Existential ideas and concepts are a rapidly growing influence on the practice of psychotherapy and yet their application to work with children remains largely unexplored. This book begins to redress this imbalance in a practical and engaging way by presenting an existential perspective on some key themes in practicing psychotherapy with children, including: play, anxiety, guilt, choice, family relationships, language and process. Each chapter is punctuated with engaging vignettes of case material, blending theoretical insight with the realities of practice. Through these narratives readers are challenged to question their own assumptions and beliefs whether they are new to existential psychotherapy or already immersed in its rich philosophical traditions. Children are born into the world without choice and are drawn towards making connections with others, developing self-awareness and personal identity.

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ISBN-13: 9781855757301
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/28/2010
Series: United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy Series
Pages: 182
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Chris Scalzo

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

About the Author ix

Preface xi

Chapter 1 Questioning and assumptions 1

Chapter 2 A theory of existential practice with children 9

Chapter 3 The process of child therapy 17

Chapter 4 Play 35

Chapter 5 Family and method 47

Chapter 6 Family and context 57

Chapter 7 Existential psychotherapy and psychoanalysis 77

Chapter 8 Existential phenomenology 97

Chapter 9 Knowing and not knowing: existential perspectives on truth 109

Chapter 10 Language 125

Chapter 11 Authenticity and anxiety 143

Conclusion 153

References 157

Index 161

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