Existential Therapy

Existential therapy is a philosophical approach to therapy. Existentialism is a philosophy that was born out of an attempt to understand human existence and what it means to be human.

One of the most important ideas in Existentialism is  that who we are, as humans, is not fixed; we are born and then become who we are as we go about living our lives. We are not bound or controlled by things that happened in our past. We are constantly changing, and we have the freedom and choice to make decisions to live life how we would want to.

This does not mean that we can change everything, however. So much of life is outside of our control. For example, we cannot control other people’s decisions, unexpected health issues, or complications at work. But we can control how we meet these problems and how we deal with them. This is the choice and freedom that we always have. Sometimes it is difficult to be able to see what we can control and what we cannot.

Existential therapy is a chance to look at how we’ve become the person we are, what kind of person we would like to be, and how we can make the choices to make that change possible. It is a chance to look at what our choices are, the things we can change and the things we cannot, and how we can be true to ourselves. It is a chance to work with another person towards finding out how to live a worthwhile life.


Matthew Pitman

Existential Counselling

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