Publications

The Existential Crisis of Motherhood

edited by Claire Arnold-Baker

The Existential Crisis of Motherhood offers a new perspective on the motherhood experience. Drawing on existential philosophy and recent existential-phenomenological research into motherhood, the book demonstrates how motherhood can be understood as an existential crisis. It argues that an awareness of the existential issues women face will enable mothers to gain a deeper understanding of the multifaceted aspects of their experience. The book is divided into four sections: Existential Crisis, Maternal Mental Health Crisis, Social Crisis and Working with Existential Crisis. Each chapter is based on either experiential research or the author’s extensive therapeutic experience of working with mothers and reflects different aspects of the motherhood journey, all through the lens of a philosophical existential approach.

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Existential Therapy: Distinctive Features

by Emmy van Deurzen and Claire Arnold-Baker

Existential Therapy: Distinctive Features offers an introduction to what is distinctive about this increasingly popular method.  Written by two practicing existential psychotherapists, with many years’ experience, it provides an accessible, bitesize overview of this increasingly used psychological therapy.  Using the popular Distinctive Features format, this book describes 15 theoretical features and 15 practical techniques of existential therapy.

Existential Perspectives on Human Issues: A Handbook for Therapeutic Practice

Edited by Emmy van Deurzen and Claire Arnold-Baker

Existential Perspectives on Human Issues offers students, teachers and practitioneres a definitive handbook for the practice of existential psychotherapy.  For the first time, leading figures from the existential field have been brought together to discuss a wide range of issues fundamental to human existence and consequently therapeutic work with clients.

Each chapter gives a brief overview of the literature on the topic, as well as providing the historical background to the subject.  With lively case studies illustrating the issues throughout, this unique text will be an invaluable resource for those interested in existential psychotherapy and counselling.

My publications and chapters include the following:

Arnold-Baker, C. (2020) Introduction: The Existential Crisis of Motherhood, in Arnold-Baker, C. (ed.) The Existential Crisis of Motherhood, Basingstoke: Palgrave

Arnold-Baker, C. (2020)  Confronting Existence: The existential dimensions of becoming a mother, in Arnold-Baker, C. (ed.) The Existential Crisis of Motherhood, Basingstoke: Palgrave

Arnold-Baker, C. & Garland, V. (2020) Existential Group Work with Mothers, in Arnold-Baker, C. (ed.) The Existential Crisis of Motherhood, Basingstoke: Palgrave

Arnold-Baker, C. (2020) Conclusion: The Courage to Be, in Arnold-Baker, C. (ed.) The Existential Crisis of Motherhood, Basingstoke: Palgrave

Arnold-Baker, C. (2019) ‘The Process of Becoming: Maternal Identity in the Transition to Motherhood’, Existential Analysis, 30.2, July 2019. pg 260-274.

Arnold-Baker, C. (2019) ‘The public-private paradox: An existential exploration of mothers in society’, in Self & Society: International Journal for Humanistic Psychology, 47 (1), pg 7-13.

Arnold-Baker, C. & Lamont, N. (2019) Guest Editorial, in Self & Society: International Journal for Humanistic Psychology, 47 (1), pg 5-6.

Arnold-Baker, C. & Lamont, N. (2019) ‘Challenges and New Developments in Existential-Phenomenological Therapy’, In van Deurzen, E., Craig, E., Längle, A., Schneider, K. J., Tantam, D. and du Plock, S. (eds) The Wiley World Handbook of Existential Therapy, London: Wiley

Arnold-Baker, C. & Lamont, N. (2019) ‘Philosophical and Political Challenges to Existential-Phenomenological Therapy’, In van Deurzen, E., Craig, E., Längle, A., Schneider, K. J., Tantam, D. and du Plock, S. (eds) The Wiley World Handbook of Existential Therapy, London: Wiley

Deurzen, E., van & Arnold-Baker, C. (2019) ‘Existential-Phenomenological Therapy Illustration: Rahim’s Dilemma’, In van Deurzen, E., Craig, E., Längle, A., Schneider, K. J., Tantam, D. and du Plock, S. (eds) The Wiley World Handbook of Existential Therapy, London: Wiley

Arnold-Baker, C. (2018) ‘Existential Therapy’ interview, in Sherine, A. Talk Yourself Better: A confused person’s guide to therapy, counselling and self-help, London: Robinson

Arnold-Baker, C. & Deurzen, E. van, (2008) ‘Existential Psychotherapy: Philosophy and Practice’, In Jordon, K. The Quick Theory Reference Guide: A resource for expert and novice mental health professionals, New York: Nova Science Publishers

Arnold-Baker, C., & Donaghy, M. (2005) ‘Procreation’, In Van Deurzen, E. & Arnold-Baker, C. (eds) Existential Perspectives on Human Issues: A Handbook for Therapeutic Practice, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Arnold-Baker, C., (2005) ‘Depression’, In Van Deurzen, E. & Arnold-Baker, C. (eds) Existential Perspectives on Human Issues: A Handbook for Therapeutic Practice, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Van Deurzen, E. & Arnold-Baker, C., (2005) ‘The Self’, In Van Deurzen, E. & Arnold-Baker, C. (eds) Existential Perspectives on Human Issues: A Handbook for Therapeutic Practice, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Arnold-Baker, C. (2002)  What is so Bad about Bad Faith?  Practical Philosophy, Autumn 2002, 46-51.