Laura Barnett Psychotherapy
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Here are the details of some of my publications.

Barnett, L.(2023) The Heart of Therapy: developing compassion, understanding and boundaries  London: Routledge
‘ This is a wise and beautiful book. Like some of the best writers in the existential humanistic tradition (Carl Rogers, R.D. Laing, Irvin Yalom, Ernesto Spinelli), Laura Barnett has a talent for making therapy and phislophical theory understandable to everyone without sacrificing complexity and depth. She adds to this tradition a very precise consideration of the body and transgenerational issues - and the importance of instilling hope. Holding theory lightly and combining a very distinct personal voice with compelling vignettes, she invites us to confront the mystery of being human.’ Betty Cannon, PhD, author of Sartre and Psychoanalysis and founder of Applied Existential Psychotherapy.

Barnett, L. (ed.) (2009) When Death Enters The Therapeutic
Space, Existential Perspectives in Psychotherapy and Counselling, London: Routledge.
An initial chapter developing the philosophical roots of existential therapy is followed by 11 clinical chapters with case vignettes throughout. Topics include: working with life-threatening illness, end of life issues, suicide, bereavement, survivors of torture, and the 7/7 London bombings. 

'This fine book should be read by all students and practitioners of existential approaches to therapy and also by therapists of all orientations...' Dr Nick Kirkland-Handley, JSEA 21.1 (2010)

'I would recommend this book to any practitioner at any level of experience and of any orientation...' Dr Simone Lee, JSEA 21.1 (2010)

Barnett, L. and Madison, G. (eds.) (2011) Existential Therapy: Legacy, Vibrancy and Dialogue, Routledge.

This  major anniversary book on Existential Therapy has been very warmly reviewed:
'a tour de force' Professor Les Greenberg, Ontario

'a must-have book for everyone interested in existential therapy' Professor Tom Greening, Saybrook University, USA

'the most prominent landmark in the field since ... the 1958 classic Existence' Professor Bo Jacobsen,  University of Copenhagen, Denmark

'the best overview of existential therapy to date' Dr Paul Smith Pickard, former Chair Society for Existential Analysis

'a who's who of existential therapy' Professor Robert Stolorow, USA

Both books are available from

On supervision:
Barnett, L. (2009) Buber, Rogers, Levinas and the Supervisory Relationship,  in van Deurzen, E. and Young, S. (2009) Existential Supervision, London: Palgrave.

On Intensive Care:
Surviving ICU in a time of COVID:
Therapy Today, June 2021, Rugby:

Podcast with Sarah Niblock: Surviving Intensive Care and the Need for Psychological Support

A neglected Client group, Therapy Today, May 2006, Rugby:

Working with Intensive Care
 Patients, Therapy Today, June 2006, Rugby: BACP




Affiliations and Organizations
BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) website
EAP (European Association for Psychotherapy) website

SEA(Society for Existential Analysis) website:
UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and Counselling) website


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