Existential therapy is an approach that seeks to help people come to terms with the inevitable pain of living a life. As humans, we are thrown into our lives through no fault of our own. With our lives comes freedom to choose how we live and what we pursue, as well as the profound responsibility to choose well. This responsibility can lead to dread about getting it wrong, as part of us knows we only travel this road once. Existential therapy emphasizes the goal of living meaningful and purposeful lives in the face of our ultimate temporality. Awareness of both our possibilities and our limitations, our freedom and our choice, helps us to make better decisions about how we spend our days.
Existential therapy recognizes that we are ultimately alone on our journey, but fellow travelers can be of solace as we seek to find purpose and give meaning to our finite existence. In my practice, I seek to be that fellow traveler to my clients and infuse discussions about “symptoms” and “conditions” with questions about meaning, purpose, intention, and values. I am a member of The New England Center for Existential Therapy (NECET). I have completed the core trainings at The Institute for Existential-Psychoanalytic Therapy. I continue my education through advanced seminars with Institute and NECET founder, Robert Fox, LICSW. Information about the institute can be found here http://www.daseintherapy.com/index.html