When Death Enters the Therapeutic Space
Although it is a natural and inescapable part of life, death is a subject that is often neglected in psychotherapeutic literature and training. When Death Enters the Therapeutic Space, Laura Barnett and her contributors offer us insights into working with mortality in the therapeutic encounter.
Taking an existential perspective, the book brings together a variety of client groups, all of whom have experienced a confrontation with mortality. It encourages the reader to engage with and reflect upon the subject of death. Although this may initially evoke anxiety and distress, Barnett and her contributors introduce the reader to the “vitality of death” (Koestenbaum): an energy and focus that can come from confronting our greatest fears and anxieties, including the anxiety aroused by our own mortality.
Topics covered include:
philosophical roots and principal approaches to existential therapy
health-related issues, including cancer, HIV, and intensive care
surviving violent trauma
creating a safe space for the client
short prognosis and palliative care
When Death Enters the Therapeutic Space, it gives therapists a better understanding of what it’s like to go through such traumas and prepares them to help the client. It will be useful for trainee counselors and experienced therapists alike.
Table of contents :
Front Matter….Pages I-XXX
Instruments for a Revolution….Pages 1-50
Discovering Space….Pages 51-104
Exploring Unseen Depths of the Sun….Pages 105-159
Solving the Sun’s Heating Crisis….Pages 161-196
Winds Across the Void….Pages 197-251
Our Violent Sun….Pages 253-336
Space Weather….Pages 337-405
Back Matter….Pages 523-556
When Death Enters the Therapeutic Space: Existential Perspectives in Psychotherapy and Counselling PDF
Author(s): Laura Barnett
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2008