What is an Existential approach?
“All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.” – James Thurber
Existential therapy is a unique form of psychotherapy that looks to explore difficulties from a philosophical perspective, rather than taking a technique-based approach. Focusing on the human condition as a whole, existential therapy focuses and explores assumptions, values and ideals of a person, assisting, facilitating, and encouraging wellbeing through a greater degree of meaning and understanding of what it means to be human.
Emotional and psychological difficulties are viewed as inner conflict caused by an individual’s confrontation with the givens of existence. Rather than delve into the past, the existential approach may look at the implications of our past but focuses on the here and now, exploring what it means to be human and the ultimate concerns this brings for an individual.