Existential / Phenomenological Therapy
Overview of Existential / Phenomenological Therapy
Existential / Phenomenological therapy seeks a deeper understanding of human existence which is defined by four dimensions – physical, social, personal and spiritual. It assumes that internal conflict occurs in each of these dimensions as we struggle to face the four 'givens' or undeniable truths about life. These are death, freedom, isolation and meaninglessness. Existential / Phenomenological therapy focuses on confronting and eventually accepting these givens as part of life. This therapy adopts an optimistic view of human potential whilst acknowledging human limitations.
Who uses it?
Existential / Phenomenological therapy is used by psychotherapists and counsellors.
Clinical Partners trained in this approach include: Alan Bore, Caroline Scott, Tracy Goodman and Virginia Graham.
Why would someone use it?
Existential / Phenomenological therapy does not recognise mental illness but rather conceptualises all ways of being as our expression of how we each wish to live. This therapy focuses on developing greater awareness of a person and his / her choices in the present and ultimately, in the future.
Existential / Phenomenological therapy is used to explore a range of issues, including depression, substance abuse, anxiety disorders, panic disorders, PTSD, eating disorders, body-image issues, relationship issues and low self-esteem.
Strengths of the approach:
Existential / Phenomenological therapy can be used as a short- or long-term treatment, the length of which may be discussed with the therapist.
Existential / Phenomenological therapy does not focus specifically on issues from the past. If these need to be explored further, other therapies that include the role of past experiences may be more suitable for you - see Integrative, Psychodynamic, Psychoanalytic, Systemic, Transactional, Trauma Training
To arrange to see a counselling specialising in Existential / Phenomenological therapy please call our Clinical Team on 0203 326 9160.