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 Längle, 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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Book Chapters

Articles in Refereed Journals

Other Articles

Articles without full references

  • Psychotherapy 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
  • Analyst Resistance – is all resistance in psychotherapy really that of the analyst?
  • Focusing as a way of being – focusing, as described by Eugene Gendlin, is not a technique but a way of being with others