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Existential-Humanistic Therapy (Theories of Psychotherapy) 1st Edition

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"An admirable contribution... Schneider and Krug do a superb job of explaining basic existential theory for the reader unfamiliar with modern-day existential thought." --PsycCRITIQUES®

I wish I could have read this book 50 years ago when I began practicing existential humanistic psychotherapy, building on valuable prior training in psychodynamic theory and practice. And I wish Rollo May, Jim Bugental, and others had lived to see their work so well explicated and extended to help people deepen their meaningful engagement in life. Schneider and Krug have gifted us with a book that enriches this profound movement to make psychotherapy good for the soul. --Thomas Greening, PhD, International Editor, Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Los Angeles, CA

This is a very good book, presented as an introduction to existential humanistic therapy. It is so good that, once read, it will create a hunger to discover more about this very important approach to psychotherapy. --Daryl S. Paulson, PhD, AHP Perspective, August/September 2011

I wish I could have read this book 50 years ago when I began practicing existential humanistic psychotherapy, building on valuable prior training in psychodynamic theory and practice. And I wish Rollo May, Jim Bugental, and others had lived to see their work so well explicated and extended to help people deepen their meaningful engagement in life. Schneider and Krug have gifted us with a book that enriches this profound movement to make psychotherapy good for the soul. --Thomas Greening, PhD, International Editor, Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Los Angeles, CA

This is a very good book, presented as an introduction to existential humanistic therapy. It is so good that, once read, it will create a hunger to discover more about this very important approach to psychotherapy. --Daryl S. Paulson, PhD, AHP Perspective, August/September 2011

About the Author

Kirk J. Schneider, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and leading spokesperson for contemporary humanistic psychology. He is current editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, vice-president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute, and an adjunct faculty member at Saybrook Graduate School and the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He is also a fellow of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Schneider has published over 100 articles and chapters and has authored or edited seven books (one more is in preparation), The Paradoxical Self: Toward an Understanding of Our Contradictory Nature; Horror and the Holy: Wisdom-Teachings of the Monster Tale; The Psychology of Existence: An Integrative, Clinical Perspective (with Rollo May; currently being translated into Chinese); The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology: Leading Edges in Theory, Research and Practice (with J. Bugental and F. Pierson); Rediscovery of Awe: Splendor, Mystery, and the Fluid Center of Life; Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy: Guideposts to the Core of Practice (Chapter 5 currently being translated into Russian); and Awakening to Awe (in press). Dr. Schneider is the 2004 recipient of the Rollo May award for outstanding and independent pursuit of new frontiers in humanistic psychology from Division 32 (Humanistic Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. Most recently, Dr. Schneider coauthored with Ed Mendelowitz the chapter on Existential Psychotherapy for Corsini and Wedding s Current Psychotherapies (8th ed.).

Major recent interviews on Rediscovery of Awe can be heard on San Francisco Bay Area s KQED Radio program Forum with Michael Krasny and San Francisco Pacifica Radio s Spirit in Action program with Reverend Matthew Fox .


Orah T. Krug, PhD, is a licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in Oakland, California. Dr. Krug is also a founder and clinical training director of the Existential-Humanistic Institute of San Francisco. As training director for EHI she taught at Saybrook Graduate School in San Francisco, developed training curriculum, and produced two videos entitled, Conversations with Jim and Joe A Demonstration of the Consultation Process, with James Bugental and Orah Krug. She recently received her PhD from Saybrook Graduate School where she was awarded the Rollo May Scholarship for an essay comparing the theoretical approaches of her two mentors, James Bugental and Irvin Yalom.

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Product Details

  • Series: Theories of Psychotherapy
  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA); 1 edition (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143380462X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433804625
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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KIRK J. SCHNEIDER, Ph.D., is a leading spokesperson for contemporary existential-humanistic psychology. Dr. Schneider is the recent past editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology (2005-2012), vice-president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute (EHI), and adjunct faculty at Saybrook University, Teachers College, Columbia University, and the California Institute of Integral Studies. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Dr. Schneider has published over 100 articles and chapters and has authored or edited nine books (seven either have been or soon will be translated into Chinese). These books include The Paradoxical Self, Horror and the Holy, The Psychology of Existence (with Rollo May), The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology (with James Bugental and Fraser Pierson--now being updated for a second edition), Rediscovery of Awe, Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy, Existential-Humanistic Therapy (with Orah Krug--accompanying APA video also available), Humanity's Dark Side: Evil, Destructive Experience, and Psychotherapy (with Art Bohart, Barbara Held, and Ed Mendelowitz), and Awakening to Awe. A tenth book, The Polarized Mind, is now in process. Dr. Schneider is the recipient of the Rollo May Award from Division 32 of the APA for "Outstanding and independent pursuit of new frontiers in humanistic psychology," the "Cultural Innovator" award from the Living Institute, Toronto, Canada, a psychotherapy training center which bases its diploma on Dr. Schneider's Existential-Integrative model of therapy, and an Honorary Diploma from the East European Association of Existential Therapy. Dr. Schneider is also a founding member of the Existential-Humanistic Institute in San Francisco, which in August, 2012 launched one of the first certificate programs in the "foundations" of Existential-Humanistic practice ever to be offered in the U.S.A. In April, 2010, Dr. Schneider delivered the opening keynote address at the First International (East-West) Existential Psychology Conference in Nanjing, China, and has been repeatedly invited to speak at various similar venues in China--as well as Japan--over the last three years.

Also, Dr. Schneider lectures frequently throughout the world and has appeared on a variety of television and radio broadcasts. These include PBS TV's Thinking Allowed with Jeffrey Mishlove, KQED's Forum radio program with Michael Krasne (see kqed.org's Forum archive), New Dimensions Radio with Michael Toms, Mentalhelp.net with Dr. David Van Nuys, and KPFA's Spirit in Action radio program with the Reverend Matthew Fox. His books have been favorably reviewed in the San Francisco Chronicle, Common Boundary Magazine, Vogue, Tikkun Magazine, the San Francisco Jung Institute Journal, Psychotherapy, The Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, and Contemporary Psychology.


More information about Dr. Schneider's work is available at his website, kirkjschneider.com, as well Wikipedia.com, the Psychology Today website blog, and apa.org/videos

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I disagree with the previous reviewer of this book. I spent two afternoons reading this contribution by Schneider and Krug and found it to be an excellent introduction to existential-humanistic psychotherapy. I think therapists who were originally trained in this approach and then went on to become therapists of another persuasion might welcome the book as a reminder of what they shouldn't have left behind. This book reminded me that clinical theory and technique in existential-humanistic psychotherapy are rivaled in their depth only by the most sophisticated insights of Jungian, intersubjective, and relational psychoanalysis. This book is an outline of the very best of the existential-humanistic approach and inspires me to re-read those wonderful seminal works of Bugental, May, and Yalom that I couldn't put down as a young clinician.
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I had to purchase this book for a class. I must say that I am very disappointed in this book (or moreso, that my professor thought this was a good book for a doctoral-level class). This book condenses existential-humanistic therapy down so much that it does an inadequate job of explaining the theory, conceptualization, and application of the techniques. This book attempts to give examples of the different types of existential-humanistic therapy, but they are not good enough to explain these types. I truly feel that researching existential-humanistic therapy on the internet would give the same amount of information in this book.

UPDATE (3/26/2012): It's been a year and a half after I read this book for the course mentioned in my original review, and I have also read the other review on this book. Since the class, I've learned more and more about the Humanistic-Existential tradition and theory and have re-read the book. After re-reading this book, yes, I agree with the other reviewer in that it is a good, concise review of Humanistic-Existential therapy. However, I still stand by my original review of this book. It is a good, concise review for those who already know H/E therapy (as the other reviewer and I do). I disagree that this book is a good introduction to H/E therapy. I remember when my class had to do mock therapy sessions on different types of H/E therapy (Gestalt, Emotion-Focused, etc.) using this book ONLY, and so many people struggled with their presentations. Once again, this is a good review for those who know/are trained in H/E therapy, but I still don't believe it's a good starter book.

P.S. Although Irvin Yalom contributed greatly to the H/E tradition, he is a psychoanalytic therapist, not an existential one like so commonly believed.
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This is an excellent book by Schenider & Krug, both of whom I've had the pleasure of training with. This book is not an easy read but that is because this is not a simple way of practicing. There is a lot of nuance and detail that is difficult to capture in a book but this book does an excellent job of doing just that. In fact, this book has been a constant go-to in my doctoral studies as it is concise & captures the essence of the practice.
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If you are conceptualizing cases or a student that is interested in learning the basics of humanistic-existential psychotherapy (and what it looks like in practice on a practical level) then this short book (180ish pages) is a great place to start. Kirk Schneider frequently cites other existential authors like Yalom, May and Elkins and does an excellent job of bringing it all together.
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Very one-dimensional take of integration of two major fields of therapy. Make sure you read the description thoroughly and decide if this matches up with your orientation. While I am both humanistic and existential in my practice, this book was worlds away from my views.
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