Existential

Based on the principles of the existential movement popularized by philosophers such as Heidegger, Dostoevsky, Kafka, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Sartre, existential therapy proposes that mental conflicts arise from an individual’s concern with the “givens” of human existence. These include the inevitability of death, freedom, existential isolation, and meaninglessness. Existential therapy does not focus on the past and instead works to empower the individual to take responsibility for their decisions and create the present and future they want. Existential therapy is most beneficial for clients who view their problems as challenges of living, rather than mental illness symptoms.

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Sometimes life presents us with problems that have no easy solution, impossible scenarios, profoundly disturbing questions, and unresolvable tensions. The problems seem to be endless and there is no escape in sight. In situations like these, sometimes the key to making it through is knowing we\'re not alone. ​​ I have hope that healing and abundant life can still be found on a difficult journey.

We live in each moment, grappling with who we are, experiencing joy, resolving pain. I use our time in session to bring you into this moment, to experience yourself as you are now. I have trained extensively in the art of therapy in the here and now.

The existential approach to therapy acknowledges the realities of existence while at the same time helping people feel more present, autonomous, and secure in their situation. Goals include better managing anxiety and establishing/maintaining meaning in one's life. These are accomplished through reflecting on difficult subjects, clarifying values, and enacting choice.

Before attending Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2003, I did a masters degree in Psychology at Saybrook Graduate Institute, one of the premier humanistic psychology schools in the US. I currently support my interest in this field through an ongoing consultation group with Bob Edelstein, an existential/humansitic therapist in Portland, OR.

I believe everything we do - our thoughts, feelings and behaviors - are in attempt to be our best self. We are born with an inherent drive towards purpose and meaning, for realizing and expressing one's unique capabilities and creativity.

I help clients try to make sense of why they exist and their purpose in life. Some issues to discuss are death, freedom, responsibility, isolation and meaning. Inner conflict within a person versus the \'givens\' around him/her is a major theme in this orientation.

How do you take responsibility for your existence and live fully your unique human potential? This question is at the heart of the personal issues that we face. That is, at a deep level many of our issues result from our not taking our lives with a decisive seriousness. Our lives are real, and we alone are responsible for their fulfillment or lack of fulfillment. This is the existential view.

My work with clients includes looking at values, choices, and the meaning in their lives, from a non-judgmental perspective.

Existence can be expansive and uncertain. Examining the indefinite questions of life and death, spending time focusing (intellectually and physically) on matters we suppress or distract ourselves from can offer a unique relief. If you would like to explore issues in such a way, I am happy to do so with you.

I have completed training in Existential Therapy.

My Ph.D. is in existential philosophy, so I am well grounded in the existentialist concepts of anxiety, absurdity, meaning, boredom, and freedom, and how existentialist approaches to these experiences can be empowering and life affirming. I've also studied the work of Irvin Yalom, as well as Victor Frankl's theory of logotherapy.

The most powerful component of engaging in counseling is often feeling that someone else is present, understanding and connecting with you about the difficulties you face. Often, anxiety stems from unanswerable questions about meaning, isolation, love, death, and responsibility, for instance. By incorporating existential theory and practice into my work, we can tackle these human fears together.

Existential therapy approaches inform my practice as well.

I believe clients have the power to find meaning through the set of experiences they've encountered.

Existential therapy explores meaning and purpose in life. It looks at deeper questions that people often wrestle: \'What is my purpose in life?\', \'What is the true meaning of life?\' \'What do I believe?\' \'Why am I making the choices I am making?\' \'What is the bigger picture.\'

Existential is an experiential relational therapy that represents an over arching theme in my practice.

A response to the social, political, and religious fragmentation that occurred in Europe in the last century, existential philosophy forms the basis for an existential-oriented therapy. The seemingly meaningless and random nature of existence and the emotional turbulence that accompanies it are collective human issues which, when embraced fully, can yield unexpected joy and vitality.

Existentialism is a philosophy that claims the most important aspects of our lives are personal responsibility and meaning. When translated into a therapeutic approach, existentialism is a powerful vehicle for accessing your inner wisdom and purpose. I utilize existentialism to help clients connect with their immediate experiences and explore their untapped potential.

I affirm the complexity and uniqueness of the clients I work with, and as such I make a concerted effort to understand their different facets, and to treat them with kindness and respect. Existential therapy involves personal identity development, congruence of worldview with practice, and the treatment of big life questions (e.g. personal meaning, beliefs, and purpose).

The human experience is common ground and through examining what meanings we have and having the sacred space to examine our authenticity, we can find our purpose. Exploring what it means to exist is healthy and normal.

The only two certainties for human beings are life and death. What we do between those two goalposts is up to us. How do we live with joy and excitement knowing that life is temporary? How do we live with joy and excitement when it seems our lives have dragged on for too long? Acknowledging and accepting the realities of human existence frees us up to engage fully and create lives worth living.

Living is not for the faint of heart. To seek meaning and actively engage with an exploration of individual and collective humanity is a shifting lifelong journey. Existential therapy wrestles with matters of life and death, and what it means to you to be a human being with all the attendant pain, sorrow, joy, and questioning.

Meaning is an individual creation, one we apply, often unconsciously, to every facet and experience of life. I work with clients to examine existential meaning-of-life and meaning-of-death questions within their individual contexts, and help identify where the meanings we hold may be holding us back.

Existential therapy involves getting to the heart of who you are, what you believe, and why you see the world the way you do.

Most of the neuroticism stems from existential anxieties. It is very important to have a time to look inside and understand what drives you. Existential therapy is one of the most powerful approaches in transformative therapies. I find this approach particularly helpful to clients in life transitions.

Authenticity and freedom are the primary virtues of existentialism. Completing the Re-Creation of the Self Professional Module, I ascribe to the philosophy which posits that we are innately whole - expansive, abundant and loving. I use this method to empower clients to emerge from perceptions of woundedness and merge with their organic self. https://meta-trainings.com/re-creation-of-the-self-rcs/

Whether meaning and purpose are things you think about a lot or not, they are core factors in what drives you from day to day. You may be seeking therapy because the things going on in your life have caused you to revisit the questions, 'Who am I?' and 'What do I want from life?' The existential approach believes that answering these questions are essential to health and well-being.

Master's studies emphasis on existential philosophy. I work with clients to help them identify their values and purpose and how these can influence their success and happiness.

I use tenets of Existential Humanistic therapy in my work, as I believe that we all gravitate naturally towards self-determination and holistic congruence. Self-examination and self-awareness are key steps for this - supported in therapy. I use core tenets of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT): such as self-acceptance, emotional regulation systems, and compassionate/content living.

Again, don\'t like the labels but this one seems appropriate.

Sometimes life\'s struggles will test your ability to find meaning of the suffering that your personal life\'s challenges hold. I will help guide you through your own life process of transforming your fears, needs and desires towards acceptance and greater peace...this process can be done through art therapy or talk therapy--or both.

I help clients find the meaning in their lives and live authentically, recognizing both their freedom and responsibility for doing so.

Who am I? How do I fit into the world? What is my purpose? These questions can create anxiety and dissonance, even when 'things are going well.' When things aren't going well, an insecure and uncertain sense of self can feel debilitating. Together, we'll search within your values and consider new possibilities to find answers to these big questions and secure a firm stake in your existence.

As an existential therapist I\'m interested in the deeper anxieties we all experience: what is your purpose here, and how do you find gratification and happiness in the time you\'re here?

Many of us are on an ongoing journey to understand our life's meaning and purpose. We are all longing to feel a sense of self-worth/uniqueness, as well as a sense of belonging/connectedness in the world as we grow and change. With the right support and self-awareness, I believe we all have the capacity to live and expansive, meaningful life.

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