This book is based on a study of therapists working with suicidal
clients and uncovers the everyday realities they face, providing an
ontological understanding of their experiences. They were shocked
when a client committed suicide in their care. They experienced the
responsibility of working with suicidal clients to be a burden,
suffered guilt and feared punishment in the aftermath of a suicide.
They also found themselves in a professional and personal crisis
which they struggled to come to terms with. The book highlights how
mainstream mental health prevention and intervention strategies
follow on from the misrepresentation and misinterpretation of our
traditional way of knowing what it means to be human. It shows
that, when therapists discover that phenomena are not necessarily
what they appear to be, they feel unsettled and confused about
their responsibilities and what it means to live and die as a human
being. The author employs key Heideggarian concepts in the field of
mental health and psychology and shows how a
hermeneutic-phenomenological approach to understanding people
enables a therapeutic attitude.
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