Monday, October 13, 2014

Experiential Therapy

Experiential Therapy

Aim of Existential Therapy

■ Rejects deterministic outlook on mankind

■ People are free and responsible for their choices and actions

■ People are the authors of their lives

■ Existential therapy encourages clients to:

  • o Reflect on life
  • o Recognize range of alternatives
  • o Decide among them


  • o Help clients recognize ways they passively accepted circumstances and surrendered control
  • o Help clients to start to consciously shape their own lives by exploring options for creating a meaningful existence.

Tasks of the Therapist
■ Invite clients to recognize how they have allowed others to decide for them

■ Encourage clients to take steps toward autonomy

■ The Question
o “Although you have lived in a certain pattern, now that you recognize the price of some of your ways, are you willing to consider creating a new pattern?”

■ Relationship between therapist and client

  • o Therapy is a journey taken by BOTH therapist and client

● The person to person relationship is key
● The relationship demands that therapists be in contact with their own phenomenological world

  • o The core of the therapeutic relationship

● Respect and faith in the client’s potential to cope.
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