Existential therapy is a unique type of psychotherapy which explore emotional and psychological difficulties using philosophical approach which considers givens of existence, the human condition as well as exploring human capacities. Existential therapy analyses the present, exploring the human condition and what this means to the individual. Existential psychotherapy explores the inner conflict and anxiety individual may experience when confronted with life’s ultimate concerns, such as the inevitability of death, freedom and its responsibilities, isolation and meaninglessness. Existentialists believe that life has no essential meaning and that you have to form your own sense of the world. Therapists can help you confront your anxieties and negative thoughts, enabling you to form decisions about how to live life and deal with life difficulties in your own way.
Based on the principles of the existential movement popularized by philosophers such as Heidegger, Dostoevsky, Kafka, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Sartre, existential therapy proposes that mental conflicts arise from an individual’s concern with the “givens” of human existence. These include the inevitability of death, freedom, existential isolation, and meaninglessness. Existential therapy does not focus on the past and instead works to empower the individual to take responsibility for their decisions and create the present and future they want. Existential therapy is most beneficial for clients who view their problems as challenges of living, rather than mental illness symptoms.
Who would benefit from Existential therapy?
Existential therapy can be effective for any individuals though it is largely based on adults and individual sessions. This therapy can be useful for individuals who have experienced trauma or loss and are having difficulties coming to terms with a lost sense of self, bereavement or are suffering from feelings of disconnection with their life and the relationships within it. A qualified therapist can help their client navigate some of the largest, most difficult questions in life and help with coping mechanisms.