Death in Psychotherapy with Emmy van Deurzen

How important is it to pay attention to death in therapy? Should we ignore it,...

Last updated 25 July 2024

How important is it to pay attention to death in therapy? Should we ignore it, face it, or only deal with it when the client is being confronted with death in the world in some way?

Existential therapists take the view that death is the inevitable shadow side to life and that many human problems are ultimately related to death anxiety. Emmy spoke about ways in which death may figure in the therapy room in a revitalising manner.

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Death in Psychotherapy with Emmy van Deurzen


Professor Emmy van Deurzen

Emmy van Deurzen is a professor of Psychology and Psychotherapy with 18 books to her name, several of which have been translated into a dozen languages. She is the Co-Founder and Principal of the Existential Academy, where she also runs post graduate courses through the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling in partnership with Middlesex University and her private practice.

Born and raised in the Netherlands, she lived, studied, and worked in France before settling in the UK in 1977. Emmy has been instrumental in founding or cofounding numerous organizations, including the Society for Existential Analysis, the Federation for Existential Therapy in Europe and the World Confederation of Existential Therapy. She has helped people in facing their life problems and suffering for nearly half a century.

Amongst her books are the bestsellers Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling in Practice (3d edition 2012), Psychotherapy and the Quest for Happiness (Sage, 2009), Everyday Mysteries (2nd edition Routledge, 2010) and Paradox and Passion (2nd edition, Wiley, 2015). Her book Rising from Existential Crisis was published with PCCS books in 2021. She is currently writing a book on Existential Freedom for Penguin.