Existential therapy centres around the idea that while we are social beings who benefit from connections with one another, our sense of self-worth and validation has to come from within ourselves. We are, in essence, isolated beings with the power to create the kind of life we want for ourselves. Depending on your circumstances, this can be seen either as empowering or overwhelming. Existential therapy is designed to help you come to terms with your existential isolation and help you find ways to making choices that will lead to the transformations that you are looking for.
This treatment modality can be of great benefit to those who are feeling “lost”, who are looking for meaning in their lives, or whose experiences have resulted in feelings of shame or anxiety. It is a humanistic therapy that encourages people to find value within themselves instead of seeking approval from other people. It is also helpful to people who are struggling with the inevitability of death.
If you are wondering whether existential therapy is right for you, ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you struggling to decide what you want to do in your life?
- Do you have a hard time making decisions and setting goals for yourself?
- Are you wrestling with the beliefs you were raised with and whether you want to hold onto them?
- Are you or a loved one approaching the end of life, and feeling anxious about the transition from life to death?
- Are you struggling with grief after losing a loved one?
Be helping you gain insights into the four dimensions of human existence – the physical, the social, the psychological and the spiritual –As a a registered psychotherapist and counsellor for mental health in Toronto
, Alexandra Gusinsky can guide you towards a better understanding and acceptance of yourself, and a greater ability to direct the course of your life.