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Existential Psychotherapy

What is Existential Psychotherapy?: Seen as a humanistic approach to therapy, existential psychotherapy is rooted in the search for meaning. It posits the existence of ‘givens’ and suggests that all humans experience internal conflict and symptoms of anxiety in their interactions with them and places value on the human condition as a whole.

The primary ‘givens’ are freedom and associated responsibilities, death, isolation and meaninglessness. Confronting these ‘givens’ might result in existential anxiety, and it is this anxiety that is at the root of common mood issues such as depression and anxiety.

How does Existential Therapy work?: These ‘givens’ are external to the individual, and existential psychotherapy has high regard for the capacity of humans for innate goodness and growth. In existential psychotherapy, your therapist will work with you to find a balance where you can be aware of the ‘givens’ without being overwhelmed by them.

Although there is some investigation of the past, existential therapy focuses more on the present and the future, placing an emphasis on the choices that lie ahead of you, and promoting the ability to approach life with wonder, curiosity and a sense of liberation.

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What does Existential Therapy focus on: While existential psychotherapy can be used to address the symptoms of a specific issue that you are experiencing, it is more commonly understood to address the underlying causes of spiritual unhappiness.

Viktor Emil Frankl, the Jewish-Austrian psychiatrist who founded logotherapy, a school of psychotherapy said about existential psychotherapy, “Man’s Search for meaning is the primary motivation in his life and not a ‘secondary rationalization’ of instinctual drives. This meaning is unique and specific in that it must and can be fulfilled by him alone; only then does it achieve a significance that will satisfy his own will to meaning… Man, however, is able to live and even die for the sake of his ideals and values!”

We want you to feel able to discuss any questions or worries with your therapist. This is important in order for you to progress in your therapy.

***If you feel you need some help with getting therapy contact us using the form at the bottom of this page and someone will guide you through the process.***

These are some of the additional therapy issues we deal with that are closely related to existential psychotherapy.

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What to expect from Existential Psychotherapy: One of the main roles in existential therapy is to encourage and guide you to not only address the emotional issues you face through full engagement, but for you to also take responsibility for the decisions and choices that have contributed to the development of those issues over time.

Below is a selection of our current fully trained Existential Psychotherapists who are available to work with clients who are experiencing therapy issues that we deal with related to existential psychotherapy using a wide range range of techniques.

Choosing the right therapist is an important decision for you and it is important that you work with the right practitioner and that both feel comfortable working together.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Seek Existential Psychotherapy?

Many people, new to this type of help, believe that they need to be suffering from “mental illness” or serious “psychological problems”, or be in crisis in order for therapy and counselling to be appropriate for them. This is a common misconception; anyone can benefit from therapy when it comes to helping you deal with your personal feelings and problems, make positive changes in your life, and understand yourself better.

So what is therapy and counselling? If you’re new to this world then the first steps can sometimes be the most difficult. Therapy can be a very effective treatment for a whole range of personal problems covering areas from physical and emotional problems, different types of behavioural disorders, through to human sexuality issues and a host of wellbeing and complementary therapy techniques.

Any problem you have that is causing you concern, anxiety or distress is a valid and appropriate reason to reach out and find a therapist and talk to them about it. Far from something to be ashamed of, acknowledging your vulnerability and asking for help is a sign of maturity and strength.

If you feel that you have a desire and are committed to making changes in your life in order to overcome your current problems and achieve more long-term satisfaction, psychological wellbeing and personal fulfilment, then you are ready to seek therapy. We are here to help you work through a wide range of therapy issues that might be troubling you.

Will Information About Me Be Safe & Secure?

It is quite normal to be hesitant when it comes to sharing private and intimate information about yourself with a stranger. You may fear that you will receive judgment from your therapist, or that your therapist will share your details with others.

HQ Therapy Rooms takes your privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Our therapists are required to keep everything said in therapy sessions between you, just like your doctor is required to keep your records private.

For therapy to be effective, there must be unconditional trust built between you and your therapist, and this relies on a shared understanding of confidentiality. It applies to the outside world as well: it is standard practice for therapists not to acknowledge their clients if they run into them outside of the therapy rooms in order to help protect their client’s confidentiality. Read our full privacy policy for more information.

Can I Contact You For Advice About Getting Therapy?

Talking about your thoughts and feelings with a supportive therapist can often make you feel better and help you face your problems. It feels good to be listened to and to know that someone cares about you and wants to help. It is important that you find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and can build a trusting relationship to help you make positive changes in your life.

But how do you know what type of therapy is right for you? Taking the first steps in finding the right therapist can be the biggest hurdle for newcomers, so we have made it easy. Simply get in touch with us using the form below or give us a call at 0203 997 9229 and one of our fully qualified referral therapists can work with you to make sure you connect with the right practitioner and receive the correct therapy and counselling services you require.

However, if you feel you are ready to start therapy straight away then click HERE to book an initial therapy assessment with a fully qualified therapist, or if you are struggling financially click HERE to book an initial therapy assessment with one of our Low-Cost therapists.

Our practitioners deal with a wide range of therapy issues using different types of therapy modalities tailored to the types of clients we work with. We also cater for people who are beset with financial difficulties, offering them services ranging from low-cost therapy and reduced-rate therapy to working with seasoned, qualified and accredited talking therapists.