1st Edition

Toxic Young Adulthood Therapy and Therapeutic Ethos

Edited By Del Loewenthal Copyright 2023
    148 Pages
    by Routledge

    148 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book is for those interested in providing psychotherapy and counselling for young adults, and those who wish to bring a therapeutic sensibility to working with this client group.

    Two main questions are addressed: What are the implications of providing a therapeutic ethos for young adults; and what, if any, additional training might be required for psychotherapists and counsellors working with this client group? In so doing this book explores what has too long been seen, at least for childhood, to be an urgent need for a therapeutic ethos. Such an ethos is to bring both therapeutic and educational sensibilities to bear on preventative and curative approaches to issues of young adults’ well-being.

    The chapters in this book, except one, were originally published in the European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling.

    Introduction – toxic young adulthood: therapy and therapeutic ethos

    Del Loewenthal

    1. The time it takes; How do we understand personal growth in an age of instant solutions?

    Rowan Williams

    2. Training for counselling young people – What is added by a child and adolescent specialism?

    Susan Kegerreis

    3. The narratives of parental alienation

    Sally Parsloe

    4. What differend do you make? An imaginary phenomenology of working with a young adult

    Tony McSherry

    5. Finishing school, fishing and flourishing: Appetite, engagement and compliance in Daoism, Existentialism and Psychoanalysis

    Onel Brooks

    6. The golden cage

    Bice Benvenuto

    7. How might a therapeutic ethos serve young adults? – A commentary

    Richard House

    8. Young adulthood, well-being and a therapeutic ethos: a case for therapeutic education

    Del Loewenthal


    Del Loewenthal is an emeritus professor of Psychotherapy and Counselling at the University of Roehampton, UK, and is the chair of the Southern Association for Psychotherapy and Counselling (SAFPAC), London, UK. He is an existential-analytic psychotherapist, and a chartered psychologist, with a particular interest in phenomenology. His books include Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling after Postmodernism (Routledge 2017). www.delloewenthal.com; www.safpac.co.uk