Existential Therapy is an approach to therapy which addresses universal concerns about our true nature and the nature of the world in which we live. Existential therapists address questions such as: Who am I? What is the meaning of life? What is my purpose? According to Existential Therapy, these are concerns that everybody must face and they have great impact on human lives. In this type of therapy, the role of the therapist is not to provide answers, but instead assists patients search for answers of their own. This type of therapy does not follow any set order or formula for addressing these questions, and frequently therapist will integrate Existential Therapy into other types of therapy that they may be providing.
The four most common themes addressed in Existential Therapy include freedom, isolation, meaninglessness, and death. In the view of Existential Therapy, we are born into a world where it is up to ourselves to navigate these themes, and we must come to our own conclusions. Often, we look toward our peers, a religion, or leaders to help us determine the answers to these grand questions. And often we find answers that feel fulfilling, but other times we may feel lost or dismayed. In Existential Therapy, patients can expect to find a therapist who is willing to be a helpful co-pilot as one navigates and searches for their own fulfilling resolution.