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Meaning, Creativity, Attitude - Foreword by Dr. William Breitbart


Meaning, Creativity, Attitude: Creating Your Soul in Every Moment

Foreword by Dr. William Breitbart in

Meaning-Centered Therapy Manual: Logotherapy & Existential Analysis Brief Therapy Protocol for Group & Individual Sessions, 8 Session Format

(Meaning-Centered Therapy Manual: Logotherapy & Existential Analysis Brief Therapy Protocol for Group &Individual Sessions, Dezelic & Ghanoum, 2015, p.103-104)

Meaning-Centered Therapy Manual - Dr Marie Dezelic

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“Meaning, Creativity, Attitude: Creating Your Soul in Every Moment”

Drs. Dezelic and Ghanoum are long time collaborators who have dedicated much of their work, as Logotherapists and mental health practitioners, to the advancement of the practice of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis, and what many of us now refer to as “Meaning-Centered” psychotherapy and counseling approaches, applied to a wide range of patient problems and populations. This latest manual collaboration represents the ever–evolving creative processes of Marie and Gabriel, as they both integrate and innovate the newest concepts of existential and meaning-centered approaches that are now enriching the field of Logotherapy. It will be clear and obvious to clinicians who utilize this manual in their practice that creativity is at the heart of this intense and authentic project. The concepts and illustrations are bursts of imaginative new perspectives on a field that is now more than 60 years old. Creativity is at the heart and soul of this project and the meaning-centered approach to counseling that it presents.

“Creative” sources of meaning are especially important resources for patients in despair; my understanding of Creative sources of meaning has evolved over time and is reflected in not only the content of this manual, but in the process of creating this manualized approach in Logotherapy and Existential Analysis. For much of the last 10 years spent in the development of “Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy” for Advanced Cancer Patients in the Psychotherapy Laboratory I lead at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, I had thought of Creative sources of meaning as including the aspects, values, efforts, creative processes, etc., that go into the process of discovering your life. Viktor Frankl would often refer to “work” as one of the central creative sources of meaning. But with attending to advanced cancer patients, for whom work was no longer an available expression or source of meaning, I realized that work itself could not possibly be the sole element of this source of meaning. Continue Reading...

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