Monday, July 12, 2010
Existential Psychotherapy explained in Psychology Today.
As consumers are increasingly confronted with the very real limitations of what managed mental health care, ever-briefer therapy and ubiquitous psychopharmacology can provide, existential psychotherapy is enjoying some resurgence. As Rollo May warned, whenever you perceive a person merely as a particular diagnostic disorder, neurological deficit, biochemical imbalance, cognitive schema, set of behavioral patterns, genetic predisposition, collection of complexes, or "as a composite of drives and deterministic forces, you have defined for study everything except the one to whom these experiences happen, everything except the existing person him [or her] self". Existential psychotherapy strives to empower and place the person--and his or her existential choices--back at the center of the therapeutic process.
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