Existential-humanistic therapy melds European existential philosophy - which values self-inquiry, struggle, and responsibility - with the American tradition of spontaneity, optimism, and practicality. In this updated edition of their popular book, Kirk Schneider and Orah Krug demonstrate how this unique approach can help clients free themselves from self-imposed limitations and develop a deeper understanding of their authentic life goals by cultivating skills such as experiential reflection. Schneider and Krug explore existential-humanistic therapy's theoretical and historical underpinnings, its empirical foundations, the therapeutic process and mechanisms of change, as well as future developments. Detailed case examples vividly illustrate the work of existential-humanistic therapy, highlighting key takeaways that are equally accessible and valuable to graduate students and veteran practitioners. New to this revised edition is an increased focus on a more integrative perspective, which makes existential-humanistic therapy applicable to a wider array of settings and diagstic populations. This flexibility also makes it more adaptable to other therapeutic approaches and expands its influence on clinical psychology as a whole.
Kirk J. Schneider is a licensed psychologist and leading spokesperson for contemporary existential-humanistic psychology. Dr. Schneider is past president (2015-2016) of APA Division 32 (Society for Humanistic Psychology); past editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology (2005-2012); president-elect of the Existential-Humanistic Institute; and adjunct faculty at Saybrook University and Teachers College, Columbia University, USA. Orah T. Krug is a licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in Oakland, USA. She is the clinical training director of the Existential-Humanistic Institute of San Francisco and teaches at Saybrook Graduate School.