Existential Psychotherapy

Existential Psychotherapy is a philosophical approach to psychotherapy. In Existential Psychotherapy we focus on concerns and dilemmas present in the individuals life (Existence). The aim is to offer the means for clients to examine, confront, clarify and reassess their understanding of life, the problems encountered throughout their life, and the limits imposed upon the possibilities inherent in the world they live in. Existential Psychotherapy seeks to enable a client to live more deliberately, more authentically and more purposefully, whilst accepting their own limitations and the contradictions of human existence. Existential Psychotherapy encourages a deeper and more thoughtful way of living with an emphasises on the relational nature of human existence. According to Existential Psychotherapy the relational dimensions of  human existence represent the different ways in which we relate to our lived world. These dimensions include our relationship to ourselves, other people, our environment and God or the spiritual dimension of existence.

Existential Psychotherapy helps clients face and overcome the anxiety that emerges from a person’s attempts to cope with the givens of existence by working towards maturity in their personal, interpersonal and spiritual relationships.

The Goals of Existential Psychotherapy are to enable the client to..

  • Become more truthful with themselves
  • Widen their perspective on themselves and the world around them
  • Find clarity on how to proceed in the future while taking lessons from the past
  • Attributing meaning to their lived experience in the present
  • Be in a fulfilling relationship with God and live a purpose orientated existence with a sense of personal vision and faith
  • Be in a loving, caring and understanding relationship with their fellow man, themselves and their physical environment/ nature

Discover Your Potential

All human beings have the inherent potential to direct their lives and
lead a fulfilling existence in harmony with others, God and nature.

Live life with the Freedom of Choice

All human beings have the capacity to make choices regarding their own lives and achieve personal goals and thereby needs to take responsibility for their choices

Live Authentically

All human beings can develop the capacity to life authentically, true to themselves and be in control of their own lives.

Deal with the Givens of Existence

The givens of existence may impact an individual’s sense of personal wellbeing to such an extent that it leads to states of anxiety and depression.

Live Life with Meaning and Purpose

Discover meaning and purpose in your life and relationships.

The Focus of  Existential Psychotherapy

In Existential Psychotherapy we focus on four dimensions of existence:

Environmental/ Biological– relation to biological/ physical reality through environmental awareness
Interpersonal– relationship with others, friends, family, partner through other awareness
Personal– relationship with oneself through self wareness
Spiritual – relationship with God through spiritual awareness

Existential Psychotherapy has as main aim to develop an attitude of self reflection and to put principles in place in the client’s life to ensure that they can continue a life of personal and spiritual growth.

The Frequency of Existential Psychotherapy Sessions

Sessions can be scheduled as it suits the client although weekly sessions are recommended to keep the therapeutic momentum snd ensure the proper working through of existential issues.

The Duration of Existential Psychotherapy

The duration of Existential Psychotherapy can vary from four to twelve sessions, with a focus on specific issues in short term therapy, to a more long term commitment with monthly follow up sessions. A longer term process is indicated when personal growth as well as philosophical and worldview issues are addressed.

The Cost of Existential Psychotherapy

Existential Psychotherapy sessions are billed per session at medical aid rates. Please visit the Fees page for more info.

Dr JC Coetzee