Video Tutorials

These FREE video tutorials are designed to demystify key counselling skills, particularly those discussed in Chapter 3 on phenomenological methods, that can form the basis for an existential practice. Each video explains a specific skill and incorporates relevant clips and discussions from two case studies, illustrating how these skills can be used in the counselling room. 

Active listening, Chapter 3, p. 75  

This tutorial describes and demonstrates what active listening is, why it’s important and how to tailor active listening to each individual client.

Minimal encouragers, Chapter 3, p. 76       

This tutorial explains what minimal encouragers are, covering spoken and body language, how they can be an important part of the counselling conversation, and how to use them in your therapeutic work.

Reflecting, paraphrasing, summarising, Chapter 3, p. 76 

This tutorial looks at reflecting, paraphrasing and summarising: what they mean in a counselling context, reasons why they’re helpful and examples of how you might use them.

Asking open-ended questions, Chapter 3, p. 78     

This tutorial explores what open-ended questions are, why they’re helpful and explores the kind of questions you might ask to help people explore what they’re experiencing. This is demonstrated further through case studies illustrating closed questions vs. open-ended questions.

Using symbols and metaphors, Chapter 3, p. 79   

This tutorial considers how you might use symbols and metaphors to help clients talk about and reflect on their experiences. It also offers some examples of symbols and metaphors that might be useful.

Bringing things into the here and now, Chapter 3, p. 82  

This tutorial explains why bringing things into the here and now is valuable, offers advice on how you can make it as helpful as possible for clients, as well as some examples of how you can encourage your client to focus on what they are experiencing ‘here and now’ in the therapy room.

Dealing with ruptures, Chapter 3, p. 83     

This tutorial looks at ruptures in the therapeutic relationship and how you might deal with them effectively, illustrated by examples.

Helping people re-decide, Chapter 4, p. 107           

This tutorial looks at helping clients make decisions in their lives and choosing to do things differently, the kind of questions you might ask to encourage this and some hints and tips about how to help clients make the best decisions for their future.

Using feedback measures, Chapter 7, p. 191

This tutorial explains the two main types of feedback measures: process and outcome measures. It considers the debates around these measures, how they can be helpful in therapeutic work and how you can make best use of them with your clients.


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