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Existential psychotherapy—the genetic-phenomenological approach

beyond a dichotomy between relating and skills

Daniel Sousa

pp. 115-130

There is a lack of clarity about the technical interventions of existential psychotherapy. The approach has been described dichotomously as being more descriptive or more hermeneutic, as being anti-technique or relying on interventions exclusively experiential in nature. This chapter presents a genetic-phenomenological approach of existential psychotherapy and argues that it uses both postures and therapeutic techniques that are interconnected and influence each other in the therapeutic process. The existential therapist's interventions are based in part on common factors but also on specific techniques. The chapter presents a theoretical framework of existential psychotherapy and a definition of the postures and intervention techniques of the genetic-phenomenological approach of existential psychotherapy. The aim is to contribute to the clarification of what type of interventions the existential therapist may use during the therapeutic process.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-31086-2_9

Full citation:

Sousa, D. (2016)., Existential psychotherapy—the genetic-phenomenological approach: beyond a dichotomy between relating and skills, in S. E. Schulenberg (ed.), Clarifying and furthering existential psychotherapy, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 115-130.

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