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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Ryan Brown (He/him/his)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC

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Jenny Larson (she/her/hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MA, LPC-Intern

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

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Todd Mercural-Chapman (He/His)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MPA, NCC

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Molly Bowman, MS, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

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

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Peter Addy (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

PhD, LPC, LMHC

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Michael Ianello (he/him/his)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

I have a background in existential philosophy and psychology. Discovering deeper meaning by confronting the difficult questions that arise from the unique nature of the human condition. What does it mean to be alive? How do my choices define me? How can I live a life committed to action and purpose? How can I embrace my failures and celebrate my success?

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Steve Harper (He)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

LPC-I, MCOUN, MED

Human behaviors are unique and also follow predictable evolutionary patterns. Life changes, as well as our sense of identity can change, and with it increased uncertainty. Humans share common needs for acceptance, connection, and intimacy from others, as well as for our individual freedom, security, growth, and fulfillment.

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Erin Berk, LPC (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA,ATR,LPC

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.

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Emalee Assenberg, MS, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Sarah Dykes

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

I believe we all seek meaning in understanding our truth.

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Katherine Chiba, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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.

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Kimberly Woodworth

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

CACREP accredited education and main philosophy with therapeutic approach.

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Lucas Wenker MS LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Looking for the answers to the questions that really matter. Why am I here? What is this all about? What should I do? Who am I? I am endlessly fascinated and impassioned by the exploration of the human experience. I have studied mindfulness meditation approaches as well and incorporate this orientation in my work with clients.

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Marcy Irene Jenks (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MS, RN, NCC, LPC-Intern

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, which leads to an understanding of each persons unique purpose of life.

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Nani Waddoups (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

My therapeutic philosophy is rooted in the existential belief that we want meaning and purpose for our lives, and that we have the strengths to make our lives how we want them to be. My job is to creatively engage in the process of clarifying that vision and supporting the efforts to navigate the way there.

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GRETA REITINGER (She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

LPC-Intern

My orientation as a therapist includes an existential framework. No specific technique is associated with existential psychotherapy; rather, it offers a philosophical grounding by attending to the ultimate concerns of our existence: death, isolation, meaning and freedom. Renowned author and therapist Dr. Irvin Yalom places these concerns (especially death) at the very root of all human anxieties.

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Ray Nelson (He/Him)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

NCC

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Grace Cantor, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

What is the point of existence? Why are we all here?

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Wes Harris (he, his, him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CADC I

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Erin Carney Moline

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Matthew Beeble

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Jeffrey Kiilsgaard (he/him/his)

Clinical Social Work Associate

MSW, CSWA, QMHP

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Kerry Cohen, PsyD, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

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?

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Michael D. Jolliffe (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MS

Personal interest in existential topics, particularly as informed by Tibetan Buddhism.

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Aja Stoner

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

Existential therapy and techniques are designed to help you to find your true self and live a life in accordance with your values. It is designed to help you achieve congruence between your environment and your inner-self. Do you even wonder, what's my purpose, what does this all mean? If so, existential therapy is for you! Existentialism is all about self-empowerment, authenticity and purpose.

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Rhys Pasimio

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Neil Panchmatia MS, LPC-I, NCC (he/him)

Professional Counselor

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.

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Emily Berry LPC (she/they)

Licensed Professional Counselor

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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Jacob Curtis (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA CADCI NCC LPC

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

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Reuben Simon

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

MA

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.

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Tamara Webb

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Michael Nagel

Professional Counselor

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.

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Polly Harrison (she/her)

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

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.

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Christopher Marquardt (he/his/they/them)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

Who are you? Where are you going? How to make the most of what you've been dealt? How to cope with the unfortunate situations that are present? How to celebrate the positives?

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Azhar Sultanova

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC C5924

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.

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Brandon Bressi, MA (He/Him)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

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Chris Scheiff (he/him/his)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

LPC Intern, NCC, CRC

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.

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Destry Stoner LPC, CADCIII

Licensed Professional Counselor

I utilize this therapy method to help people identify their ideal self, the barriers that get in the way of being their ideal self and develop a shared understanding of what needs to happen/change to get there. This often includes value identification, belief evaluations and meaning from historical suffering.

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Jennifer Wohl, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Graham Borgman

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.

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Colleen Burke-Sivers, LPC (She/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

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.'

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Casey Peddicord LPC, CFRC

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CFRC

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.

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