What is existential therapy?


'By clarifying your position, it is amazing what may come into view.'
Aaron Esterson, existential family analyst and author.

I find existential therapy to be a simple and effective means of helping people get on with their lives in a meaningful way. Unlike most approaches to therapy, the frame of reference is philosophical rather than medical or psychological. Its aim, simply stated, is to help people live their lives more meaningfully, purposefully and deliberately. Within this approach, problems and issues which cause distress are seen as the consequence of difficulties encountered in day to day living, and the values which they express, rather than as signs of sickness or mental illness. It is most helpful therefore, for those clients who wish to examine their relationships with their world and the people in it.


The aim is to help you arrive at your own insights through a process of personal exploration, and ultimately to make informed choices based on enhanced understanding, rather than to 'change' or ‘cure’ behaviours which may in essence be fundamental to your current way of being. Existential therapy will help clarify your understanding of yourself and your life circumstances. It can also help you to make sense of a specific life crisis, and to become better at handling the difficulties of living, especially difficult relationship

In existential therapy the emphasis is therefore always on you and how you experience your world. The objective is for you to become more in tune with your limitations and possibilities, and in so-doing become more honest with yourself and your life situation. I will encourage you to tell your story and to come to a more satisfactory interpretation of your predicament, until you can find a way through it. You will need to be prepared to express emotions, sensations, thoughts, memories, dreams, fantasies, expectations, fears and hopes, in order to achieve a clearer understanding of your unique way of being, and to ultimately re-organise your life in tune with your learning. The process of existential therapy is hard work though rewarding. It involves a constructive, engaged discussion of past and current events, usually those that are particularly painful or difficult to understand, from which new commitments for the future will then emerge.


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