EVER HEARD OF "EXISTENTIAL CRISIS"?
An existential crisis is the experience of facing life’s big questions, such as, “What is my meaning or purpose in life? Where am I going with my life? What would make me feel alive?” These questions can be triggered by life transitions or by feeling a general "stuckness" in life. Sometimes, they can show up as anxiety or depression.
If an existential crisis is a difficult experience, it is also an opportunity for growth. If we ignore it, hoping that it will eventually go away, it can lead to us feeling an intensifying sense of deadness within us. But an existential crisis may also spur us to think more creatively about who we want to be, what we want to be remembered for at the end of our lives, and subsequently act towards it.
WHAT IS EXISTENTIAL THERAPY?
Existential therapy is unique in that it grounds itself in a philosophical worldview. Existential therapists focus less on diagnosing psychopathology and providing relief of symptoms: there is diagnostic label. Instead, distressing “symptoms” such as anxiety, depression or rage are recognised as potentially meaningful and comprehensible reactions to current circumstances and personal contextual history.
HOW CAN EXISTENTIAL THERAPY HELP YOU?
Arriving at your own insights
The therapist is like a facilitator - a guide who shines a torch on the blind spots in your life. Through exploration, you will learn to make choices that are true to yourself.
Developing the courage to make difficult decisions
Life is always changing (relationship loss, switching careers, entering the workforce, settling into university, coping with a death, mid/quarter-life crisis, etc.). Existential therapy will help you become aware of the challenges and options available for you.
Becoming the expert of your life
You will explore how to get more comfortable living with the anxieties and uncertainties in life. You will understand that uncomfortable feelings are part of the human condition. You can achieve personal autonomy, authenticity and the freedom to decide what is best for yourself and with others.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A SESSION?