A key element of existential psychotherapy involves showing individuals how their choices affect their lives and giving them the tools they need, to feel able to make good decisions. Thus enabling a sense of agency and fulfillment in creating their desired path in life.
This type of therapy is based on the belief that the following life experiences are inevitable and inherent to human existence:
- Responsibility – we are responsible for the lives we live
- Guilt – when we do not take actions that are in tune with our authentic self we are left with feelings of “existential guilt”
- Uncertainty – life by its nature is inherently uncertain
- Freedom & Choice – We have the freedom as individuals (in adulthood) to choose how we respond to life
- Anxiety – anxiety is inherent when we accept our response”ability” in adult life however it can be harnessed for our growth
- The meaninglessness of life – i.e. it has no meaning except the meaning we give it
- Death – awareness of our mortality
- Aloneness – As unique individuals, to a certain extent we each travel on our own path through life. At the same time this “aloneness” is something we have in common with everyone else. Therefore, it is a shared experience in which we are also “not alone”.
Existential psychotherapy helps people explore these givens of existence and embrace their own personal freedom to make choices in adult life.
Maggie Morrow is an award winning psychotherapist, an accomplished life coach and counsellor, and Director of KlearMinds. In 2007 she was awarded the BACP National Award for advancing the quality of therapy service provision to the highest standards in the UK.
Maggie’s experience spans over 20 years helping people overcome problems so they can enjoy more fulfilling and satisfying lives.
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At KlearMinds our existential psychotherapists are also trained in a range of other psychotherapies and we integrate these into the work to offer you a broader experience and toolkit, than may be provided through an existential approach alone.
Who Is Existential Psychotherapy For?
Existential psychotherapy can help people with specific mental issues such as depression and anxiety. It is also useful for people who are seeking meaning and personal satisfaction in life.
It can be particularly helpful for:
- Difficulty in making decisions/choices
- Addressing significant change
- Building self-awareness / self-confidence
- Managing health issues
- Finding a more personal satisfaction and meaning in life
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