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Key note lecture by Emmy van Deurzen to a conference of family counsellors working in thepublic sector, Vasteras, Sweden, 7 May 2010

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  • 1.Existential Work with CouplesVsters- National Association of Family and Couple Therapy Conference May 2010
    Emmy van Deurzen

2. Emmy van Deurzen

  • Honorary Professor University of Sheffield

3. Visiting Professor Middlesex University 4. Professor Schiller International University 5. Director Dilemma Consultancy Ltd. 6. Director Existential Academy Ltd. 7. Director New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling-London
8. Author of Books on Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling
9. Existential and Human Issues
10. Existential Supervision
Edited by Emmy van Deurzen and Sarah Young
11. Dictionary: Emmy van Deurzen& Raymond Kenward.
12. RECENT BOOK: 2009
13. 2010: Second Edition Everyday MysteriesSkills in Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy with Martin Adams
14. Forthcoming
Emotional Well Being and Health, with Digby Tantam, London: Sage, 2010
15. Existential Perspectives on Relationship Therapy
2011, with Susan Iacovou, Palgrave, Macmillan
How to apply existential theory to couple work
Couple of chapters previously
16. Dark ages of therapy:blind leading the blind.
17. Existential Approach
The existential approach to counselling and psychotherapy is a philosophical method for understanding human difficulties.
It focuses on the way in whichthe individual struggles with the human condition and in particular with our inevitable limitations: only if we deal with the negatives are the positives an option: paradox and conflictare central to the approach.
19. Aim of existential therapy.

  • Enable people to tell the truth about their lives and themselves.

20. Help them live passionately and to the full. 21. Facilitate their greater understanding of the human condition. 22. Recognize strengths and weaknesses and make the most of both.