The Temporal Dimension in Counselling and Psychotherapy: A Journey in Time

1st Edition

Sue Wright

March 17, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 280 Pages
ISBN 9780367819651 - CAT# K459201

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The Temporal Dimension in Counselling and Psychotherapy looks at time as an intangible phenomenon that is culturally created, historically framed but only individually understood. Examining our relationship to time as well as what it means in terms of our mortality. it integrates historical, cultural and psychotherapeutic perspectives to shine a light on our experience of time from our current identity to past trauma, both in the consulting room and beyond.


Divided into three parts, the book explores those time-related issues that emerge in psychotherapy  it initially focuses on our existence as individuals in time, with chapters discussing how we develop a sense of self as a being-in-time, how our relationship to time is coloured by the world we live in today, and our attachment relationships and past traumas. In part two, the focus narrows to the consulting room itself; the practical aspects of the time-frame and how these can be managed. The third part of the book concerns the impact of trauma and other crises on our existence in time, as well as our experience of it.


Exploring time-related issues as people navigate different stages in the life-cycle, as well as for people affected by illness, trauma and bereavement, this insightful and thought-provoking book will provide insights for counsellors and therapists about what time means both to themselves and their clients.


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