Over the past few years I have been teaching the psychoanalytic theory module at the New School of Existential Psychotherapy. I love working with the students on this complex and demanding material and seeing them grow and develop
I also learn a lot from the students and practitioners at the Academy
One of the advantages of contemporary coaching is our ability once versed strongly in a foundation, to enhance our practice through borrowing from the best, most useful aspects of other models
Here are some thought on practice from New School founder Emmy Van Deurzen which I think are of value for coaches
…. a method for clarifying and coming to terms with problems in living. It enables people to increase their understanding of life and how they live it. It focuses on the descriptive clarification of personal difficulties, without resorting to medical or psychological labeling in order to recover a sense of personal authority and freedom. Existential therapists are direct and aim to be genuinely present in the relationship, in a dialogue about the questions and predicaments that the client is experiencing and struggling with. The aim of existential therapy is to enable people to feel deeply and think for themselves in order to live more freely, responsibly, passionately and compassionately. Existential therapists often work with conflict, paradox and limit situations and value both courage and vulnerability. They will carefully consider how a person is situated in space and time and facilitate their search for truth, greater meaning and purpose.