Existential psychotherapy emphasizes the development of a sense of self-direction through choice, awareness, and acceptance of individual responsibility. People are directly responsible for their lives and the environment they exist in.
Anxiety or Angst is a core concept in existential counselling and therapy, for it is seen as the basic ingredient of vitality.
This therapeutic approach assumes that the crisis of meaning may lead to difficulties which may look like pathology.
People can find themselves in a vacuum of meaning; anxieties and doubts about meaning. The experience of meaninglessness becomes a major problem in many people's lives and it may lead to a number of concrete difficulties, which may look like personality problems or other forms of pathology. It is important to remember that at the end of all our preoccupations we are born to die.
This phenomenological approach emphasises the fundamentally relational aspect of being human, ethics, morality and issues of human freedom.
Focus on a serious, deep and far-reaching enquiry into what it means to a particular person to be a human being.
Existential psychotherapy helps to explore the human condition and tries to capture and question and individual's experience of it; explores inner conflict that a client may experience when confronted with some ultimate concerns in life. It involves a painful process of facing up to those things that are ordinarily avoided and evaded.
The concerns, such as the inevitability of death, freedom and its responsibilities, existential isolation, and meaninglessness, form the basis of Existential psychotherapy. Some themes could emerge in the process of therapy such as Meaning of life, Existential anxiety, Values, Self-deception, Time, and Four dimensions of existence such as a personal dimension, a spiritual dimension, activity in a social world of other people, and in a physical world.
The existential counsellor and therapist come to the sessions with complete openness to the individual situation and with an attitude of wonder that will allow the specific circumstances and experiences to unfold in their own right. Assisting other human beings in understanding their own life in a genuine and meaningful manner is a serious matter. Each and every discovery is personal and unpredictable.
The therapists take a here-and-now approach, emphasising their client's ability to make decisions in the present; encourage the client to see that a dialectical process manages all the tensions of human existence, conflicts, paradoxes and life flows; to learn to be anxious (Existential anxiety) in the right way to live a reflective, meaningful human life; anxiety has to become responsive, responsible.
Aim: to facilitate a process of reflection and description the meaning that arises from the client's experience; to increase the client’s self-awareness and understanding personal world views to facilitate understanding the meaning of certain problem areas for a client through a philosophical approach, and to encourage the client to take control of their lives and make positive changes.
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