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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: 6 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bryan Wittine on July 25, 2011
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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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Don't be mislead by the brevity of this little book. It has a depth of insight that brings traditional Existential-Humanistic theory into the contemporary dialogue. Combining theory and vignettes, this book makes a good introduction to the approach as well as a potent refresher of main themes.
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By alice87 on December 23, 2012
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It is a short version of whatever big version is. It is a good review book, if you need to get main points of theories, which we get grilled on, because in my program we have no classes on separate theories. I will get another book from this series. Nicely written, easy to read. I love the price on this series.
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I bought this book because I'm getting a masters in clinical psych and I love it. Anyone studying to become a counselor or even just interested in this field should read this as well as other therapies. Very helpful and interesting.
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It is a great handy book for any Existential or humanistic therapist. It has brief history and implementation of the theory in psychotherapy. great read for graduate students in psychology
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