Existential therapy developed out of the philosophies of Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Kafka, Dostoevsky and Sartre. It is based of the belief that all people experience emotional and psychological difficulties (or intrapsychic conflict) due to their own interaction with certain conditions inherent with human existence. Rather than delve into the past, the existential approach looks at the here and now, exploring the human condition as a whole and what it means for the individual. An existential therapist will likely focus on free will, self-determination, and the search for meaning, emphasizing your capacity to make rational choices and develop your ultimate potential.
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I have training in Applied Existential Psychotherapy and always incorporate values and meaning-making into our therapeutic work.
One of the greatest driving forces in our life is a sense of meaning or purpose. I often work to help people discover a revitalized perception of these concepts through examining what in their life is lacking in these areas and helping to identify and become aware of the aspects of their life where meaning is trying to be seen.
“Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation.” - Victor Frankl. In life, we deal with freedom, death, isolation, and meaninglessness. Learn how to accept and work with death, isolation and meaningless through your ability to be free.