Two new texts on Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy, Greg Madison (Ed.) Jessica Kingsley Publications, London/New York.
These comprehensive introductions to Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy lay out the background and fundamentals of the approach covering theory and practice. The books are essential reading for all practicing therapists and counselors, as well as trainee therapists, particularly those who want to explore the potential of experiential dimensions in their therapy and coaching practice. In addition, Emerging Practice in Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy brings together some of the world's most influential contemporary psychotherapists in the field to look at the future of Focusing-oriented approaches. Topics covered include trauma, neuroscience, mindfulness, short-term therapy, couples and group approaches... Both texts are now available from Amazon and other booksellers internationally.
Existential Therapy: Legacy, Vibrancy and Dialogue. Available at Amazon
by Barnett, L. and Madison, G. (eds.) (2011, Routledge). This is a major anniversary book on Existential Therapy with internationally renowned contributors including: Eugene Gendlin, Betty Canon, Ernesto Spinelli, Emmy van Deurzen, Alfried Lšngle, Maurice Freidman, Donna Orange and many other prominent existential therapists from Europe and North America...
"This volume, whose list of contributors reads like a 'Who's Who' in existential therapy, will leave the reader with no doubts about the influence and vitality of the existential tradition in a plurality of contemporary psychotherapeutic approaches. The book is a marvelous feast for anyone with a taste for the existential."
--Robert D. Stolorow, Ph.D., author, World, Affectivity, Trauma: Heidegger and Post-Cartesian Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2011)
The End of Belonging: Untold Stories of Leaving Home and the Psychology of Globalization
by Greg A Madison, PhD .(2009)
Do we really know what we're doing when we leave our home to live in a foreign culture? Why do some of us keep leaving, travelling from place to place, never settling, never really feeling at home? In today's globalised world it is increasingly expected that many of us will go where the job takes us, but at what cost? This book tells the stories of 'existential migrants', people who left home in order to discover themselves. It also warns us that there may be an unexpected psychological effect from thinking we can just live everywhere.
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Introduction and table of contents
||Existential Migration: Voluntary migrants' experiences of not being-at-home in the world
by Greg A Madison, PhD .(2010)
Unlike economic migration, simple wanderlust, exile, or variations of forced migration, 'existential migration' is a chosen attempt to express or address fundamental issues of existence by leaving one's homeland and becoming a foreigner. As well as the new concept of existential migration, the book proposes a novel definition of home as a specific experience of self-world interaction. This is in contrast to the usual assumptive definitions of home as place. The book also questions accepted definitions of home, the foreign, belonging, and homelessness, revealing existential perspectives on our contemporary world.
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HIV and Human Being by Greg A Madison, PhD.(2010)
Few studies of psychological adaptation to an HIV+ diagnosis have inquired into its existential dimension. Existentialism contributes valuable insights into human experience without pathologising that experience. In this research study, the life experiences of six HIV+ gay men were explored using semi-structured in-depth interviews incorporating Focusing, a form of intensive self-reflection. The transcripts of these sessions were analysed phenomenologically and the results compared to previous studies as well as to the philosophy of Martin Heidegger. The question is posed as to whether the existential insights of HIV+ gay men can teach us all something about the structure of human living.
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- (2004) Madison, G. ‘Hospital
Philosophy: The Frame in Hospital Therapy’
in The Therapeutic Frame in Clinical Contexts, M. Luca,
Ed. London: Brunner-Routledge
- (2004) ‘Focusing-Oriented
Supervision’ in Freedom to Practice K. Tudor and
M. Worrall, Eds. London: PCCS Books
- (2005) ‘Bereavement
and Loss’ in Existential Perspectives on Human Issues,
A Handbook for Therapeutic Practice, E. van Deurzen and C. Arnold-Baker,
Eds. London: Palgrave-MacMillan
- (2009) Madison, G.' Evocative Supervision'. In Existential Perspectives on Supervision. Emmy van Deurzen & Sarah Young (Eds).
- (2011) Madison, G & Gendlin, ET. 'Palpable Existentialism: An Interview with Eugene Gendlin.' In Existential Therapy. Barnett & Madison (Eds.)
- (2012) Madison, G.' Let your body be your coach'. In Existential Perspectives on Coaching. Emmy van Deurzen & Monica Hanaway
- (2014) Madison, G. Exhilarating pessimism. Focusing-Oriented existential therapy. In Madison, G (Ed.) Theory and Practice of Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy. Beyond the Talking Cure. London: Jessica Kingsley Publ. (pp.113-127).
Articles in Refereed Journals
- (1987) Swartz, Paul and Madison, Greg.
Contributions to Psychohistory: Betwixt and Between. J. of Perceptual
and Motor Skills, Vol. 65: 3-18
- (1987) Kuiken, Don and Madison, Greg. The Effects
of Death Contemplation on Meaning and Purpose in
Life, Omega. J of Death and Dying, Vol 18:
- (1999) Madison, Greg HIV
and Human Being, Folio. J. of Focusing and Experiential Therapy,
Vol 18: 78-9
(This summary is based upon an MA thesis, offering a Heideggerian
analysis of what might be learned from the experience of HIV+ gay
men. The full text is now available as a textbook, listed above)
- (2000) Existential, not Pathological., J of Existential
Analysis, Vol. 11.2: 124-138
- (2001) Focusing,
Intersubjectivity, and ‘therapeutic intersubjectivity. Rev.
of Existential Psychology and Psychiatry. Vol.XXVI, No1: 3-16
- (2001) Framing
Death - Existential and Communicative Therapy. J. of Exist.
Anal. Vol. 12: 85-101
- (2002) Illness…
and its Human Values. J of Existential Analysis, Vol.
- (2003) One
of Us – Community Care Policy. J of Existential Analysis.
- (2005) Habermas,
Psychoanalysis and Emancipation. J. of Existential Analysis 16.2:
- (2006) Existential
Migration. Existential Analysis 17.2: 238-60
- (2007) Unsettling Thought. Existential Analysis 18.2: 220-29
- (2010) Focusing on Existence: Five facets of an experiential-existential model. Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapies
Vol 9 (3): 189-204.
- (2012) Addendum to the SEA Conference... Existential Analysis 23.1: 3-6
- (2014) Madison, G. What is the living body in existential therapy? International Journal of Psychotherapy (in press).
- (2014) Madison, G. The palpable in existential counselling psychology. Counselling Psychology Review. Vol.29, No.2: 25-33.
- (2001) Madison, Greg. ‘Strain Spotting’ in The Health Service
Journal. Issue Sept.6: 7-8
- (2001) ‘What is Being in Hospital?’ in Hermeneutic
Circular, Issue January: 8-9
- (2001) ‘Becoming and Being a Doctor’ in Hermeneutic
Circular, Issue May:7
- (2001) ‘General Hospital Therapy’ in Univ. Assoc.
of Couns. and Psychoth. Newsletter. Issue 6, Spring: 13-6
- (2002) ‘Bereavement and Bereavement Counselling’ in Inside
the Human Body, Part 161:9-12
- (2003) 'Focusing
as Therapy for the Therapist’ in The Focusing Connection,
- (2003) ‘Post-Human
Future, Post-Dasein Therapy’ in Hermeneutic Circular,
- (2003) ‘Focusing and Therapeutic Intersubjectivity’
in Staying in Focus, The Focusing Institute Newsletter,
Vol.III,No.1 (Jan): 5-6
- (2008) 'The Struggle for Authenticity in the Second Act'. Goodtherapy.org
- (2013) 'The relational "revolutionary pause": Focusing Therapy...' in Staying in Focus, The Focusing Institute Newsletter (Jun).
- (2014) Madison, G. Palpable existentialism: A focusing-oriented therapy. Psychotherapy in Australia, Vol. 20 (2), Feb. (pp.26-32)
- (2014) Madison, G. Spirituality in Psychotherapy. BFA Newsletter, Issue 4. April: pg.4-5
support consultancy -
a brief description of the innovative model of therapeutic
support for patients, family, and staff developed
by the author at a major London teaching hospital,
based upon existential principles
is all resistance in psychotherapy really that of
as a way of being -
focusing, as described by Eugene Gendlin, is not a
technique but a way of being with others