Updated: Sep 15
Existential therapy is a philosophical and deeply introspective approach to counselling that places a strong emphasis on support and collaboration between the client and the therapist. At its core, existential therapy is rooted in the idea that the present moment, or "the here and now," holds primary importance in the therapeutic relationship.
In existential therapy, the counsellor assumes the role of a supportive companion, walking alongside you as you embark on a profound exploration of your existence. Together, you delve into various facets of being-in-the-world, which encompasses everything from your relationships and the way you make meaning of your experiences to your experiences of suffering, your sense of relatedness to others, your capacity for flexibility, and your understanding of freedom.
This therapeutic approach seeks to generate a profound exploration of essential questions that often confront us in life, including:
"Who am I?"
"What is my purpose in life?"
"Am I truly free to make choices?"
"How do I confront and cope with the inevitability of my own mortality?"
"Does my existence hold intrinsic meaning?"
"In what way shall I choose to live my life?"
By delving into these fundamental questions, existential therapy provides a framework for individuals to engage in deep self-reflection and self-exploration. The therapeutic process is a collaborative effort between you and the counselor, with the goal of fostering open and honest exploration of your lived experiences.
Through this introspective journey, you gain a greater understanding of yourself, your values, and your place in the world. Existential therapy empowers individuals to confront the complexities of existence and, in doing so, discover a more authentic and meaningful way of living.