Monday, October 20, 2014

Experiential Therapy

Experiential Therapy

Theory Foundation

■ Modern person has means to live but often has no meaning to live for- this is the malady of our times, meaninglessness or existential vacuum

■ Purpose of therapy is to challenge people to find meaning and purpose through suffering,
work and love

■ It takes courage to BE 

  • Our choices determine the kind of person we are
  • We are in constant struggle with:

  1. Our want to grow toward maturity and independence
  2. Realizing expansion and growth is often a painful process
  3. Struggling between security and dependence and delights and pain of growth

■ Phenomenological approach

  • People’s perceptions or subjective realities are considered to be valid data for investigation
  • Phenomenological discrepancies
  • Two people perceiving the same situation differently

■ Non-Deterministic approach
o Existentialist argue that it is an oversimplification to view people as controlled by fixed physical laws
o Encouragement of theories that consider individual initiative, creativity, and self fulfillment
o Focus on active, positive aspects of human growth

I-Though dialogue vs. I-It Dialogue
o I-though

  • human confirms the other person as being of unique valued
  • Direct mutual relationship

o I-it

  • Person uses others but does not value them for themselves
  • Utilitarian

o Self disclosing of therapist emotional response to client’s demonstration of valuing of client’s feelings and perspective. offers online prep for NASW. Unlimited access to practice exams, case studies, simulations, video, audio, and flash cards 24/7.