Existential Psychotherapy

What is Existential Psychotherapy?

Existential psychotherapy is a philosophical and psychotherapeutic approach that focuses on exploring your subjective experience, personal values, and the inherent challenges of being human.

This therapeutic approach stems from existential philosophy, which emphasises your freedom and responsibility in creating your own life. I acknowledge the complexities and existential dilemmas we face, such as questions about meaning, purpose, mortality, freedom, isolation, and the search for authenticity.

How Does Existential Psychotherapy Work?

In our therapy sessions, we will collaboratively explore your concerns and help you gain a deeper understanding of your own existence. I create a safe and supportive space where you can openly discuss your thoughts, feelings, and uncertainties.

Central to existential psychotherapy is the belief that you have the capacity for self-awareness and the ability to make choices. Through self-reflection, you can gain insights into your values, beliefs, and patterns of behavior. Existential therapy aims to help you embrace your freedom and take responsibility for your life, empowering you to make conscious decisions that align with your true or authentic self.

Existential psychotherapy encourages you to face life’s challenges, to confront anxieties, and to search for personal meaning. I will help you develop resilience, build a sense of purpose, and find fulfillment through exploring your unique path in life.

What Issues Can Existential Psychotherapy Address?

Existential psychotherapy can be beneficial for a wide range of concerns, including:

  1. Life Transitions: Navigating major life changes, such as career transitions, relationship shifts, or retirement.
  2. Identity Exploration: Exploring your personal values, beliefs, and identity formation.
  3. Meaning and Purpose: Seeking clarity and finding personal meaning in life.
  4. Anxiety and Depression: Addressing existential anxieties and working through depressive symptoms.
  5. Relationship Challenges: Exploring relational dynamics, intimacy, and connection.
  6. Grief and Loss: Coping with the existential realities of mortality, grief, and bereavement.

Existential psychotherapy is a therapeutic approach that recognises the unique nature of each individual and helps them navigate the fundamental questions of existence. It explores themes such as freedom, choice, responsibility, and the quest for personal meaning, empowering clients to live in alignment with their authentic selves.