My Philosophical Approach To Counseling

Definition of Existential Therapy
One survey taken by Corey suggests a definition of Existential Therapy
include two key elements:

Existential Therapy is essentially an approach to counseling and therapy
rather than a firm theoretical model, it stresses core human conditions.
Normally, personality development is based on the uniqueness of each
individual. Sense of self develops from infancy. Self determination and a
tendency toward growth are control ideas. Focus is on the present and on what
one is becoming; that is the approach has a future orientation. It stresses
self-awareness before action. (1996, p.465)

In layman terms, Existential therapy can be described as ...

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therapy is a non directive method of group or individual
psychotherapy, originated by Carl Rogers, in which the role of the therapist is
to listen to and reflect or restate without judgment or interpretation the words
of the client.

Objectives of Existential Therapy

The objectives of Existential Therapy are quite unique. Existential
counselors are focused on helping the client achieve and expand their self-
awareness. Many Therapist assume once self awareness is achieved, the client
can examine new ways of dealing with problems and except the responsibility of

Objectives of Client-centered Therapy

The objective of client-centered therapy is to assist the client to
experience self exploration, so that they can identify problems that are
hindering their growth process. Essentially, the main goal of client-centered
therapy is to have the client achieve a sense of increased awareness and
understanding of his attitudes, feelings, and behaviors.

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this reason, I believe existential thought coupled with client-centered
therapy are appropriate in treating clients who confront some type of obstacle
or major event in their life (confronting death, sudden isolation, changing from
childhood to adolescence). David Cain(1993), a person-centered therapist,
believes client-centered therapy is not a wise decision for treating clients in
some cases, he sites that due to the lack of evolution of Client-centered
therapy and the client-centered community's unwillingness to change with the
advancements of counseling and psychotherapy has limited the therapeutic

On the otherhand, therapist Philip Kendall and Michael A. ...

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