Existential Therapy (ET) starts from a basis heavy in philosophy before a place of true-to-life, empirical/experiential practice. When simultaneously looking at its philosophy from which it’s based and then the application thereof, its systemic implementation is offered in the encouragement of a strong, emotional relationship between the therapist and the client.
This relationship is fostered in order to enhance an aspect of the psychodynamic portion of the therapy that focuses on the “self” – responsibility of seeing the self and in its existence thereof in an authenticity, devoid of self-duplicity of a grand scale, stripping away even the most noble of presuppositions of philosophies.
The goal is within this work, the striving for self is to come to terms of the truth of who the self is, separated from all the preconceived notions and ideas that have been built around it and still noting the desire or the wish of the “who” the self would like to be.
In doing this however, the juxtaposition is recognized that outside influence cannot be extracted from the self that already exists and must be taken into account accordingly.
What is experienced and felt, and thought is invariably shaped by what has already been known so the authenticity of self will in fact have already fallen to a semblance of bias based on this.
These subconscious thoughts with their automatic implementation of ideas have been implanted from the client’s experience within their formative years and repeated to and are taken into account when practicing this modality.
The idea of what we do and are aware of came from a place of a previous – to -current cognizance and we guide the client to see how that understanding of it already exists, and our response is near-mechanical/automated albeit not in an automaton form but in our supposition and formed understanding molded by repeated history.
The Bond Between Client and Therapist
Therapists take these concepts in the scope of Existential Therapy and turn the looking to the self, just the self and the self in the world – albeit they are inseparable.
In this, authenticity becomes the focal point of ET, living one’s authentic self, who they are truly to be in the world. This is paramount to the purpose of this modality.
This is where the bond between client and therapist, the emotionality, trust, and guidance is in play in order to help the client understand that things they have done do not make up who they are.
This is not an authenticity of self is not solely based on the actions they’ve taken. That is not the who of who they are.
At Alo House, we want our clients to understand that these are simply things that have been done – they are actions. They are not the self. We remove the idea of the action being the sole truth of one’s nature. This is the heart of this modality.
The truth, authenticity is the place where the client is hoped to be guided within this intense relationship with the therapist.
We believe when our clients can see themselves more clearly as to who they are, then they can learn to respond with greater viability, in an emotionally regulated state, with healthy behavioral responses, and a furthered mental clarity.
These triumphs will provide them with living an authentic life, giving them a an empowerment of self, and a self-esteem of health from which to grow.
We are proud to offer our clients the opportunity to bond with, and work intensely alongside us in the pursuit of self.
In self-truth there is a harmony in being, internally and externally which is boundless and we look forward to guiding our clients there.
Existential Psychotherapy is just one of many treatment modalities we use at Alo House.