Existential Therapy

“I would like to be remembered for doing the best I could with the tools I was born with”
J.K. Rowling, 2007

You might feel that you have not achieved the things you wanted to in life or simply want to achieve more. Whether this is to do with work, relationships or general life experiences, engaging in existential therapy can help you look honestly at what you want from life and what might be getting in the way of achieving what you want.

Existential Therapy

Existential therapy is a philosophically based therapy. It is therefore a holistic therapy rather than a diagnostic therapy. An important premise of this therapeutic approach is that everyone is an individual and therefore has their own way of seeing and doing things. No one way is better than another and what is right for one person may be totally wrong for another. Existential therapy therefore helps you find your own authentic way of living. A way that works for you and the people around you.

Our psychologists will help you broaden your understanding of yourself, helping you to gain a clearer picture of your various struggles, successes, ambitions and failures as you experience and express them. By doing this, we believe that you will also gain a clearer understanding of how you relate to yourself and others. Through deepening your understanding of yourself, you can begin to recognise the choices that you are currently making and consider the effect of these choices on you and other people around you. Existentialist believe that we each create our own destiny and that through understanding what we really want and being prepared to overcome our psychological blocks to get there, we can start to fulfil our potentials and live our life to the full.

Existential therapy by its nature tends to be a longer term therapy and you should allow yourself a minimum of twelve sessions should you choose to engage in it. For many people, it can be extremely rewarding, challenging and enlightening. If you are at a stage in your life when you want to understand more about the choices you have made and the choices you could make, this would be an appropriate therapy for you.

Our lead psychologist, Colin Matthews, trained in existential therapy as part of his Master’s at the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling (SPC) at Regent’s University in London from 2000 to 2003. The SPC was founded by Emmy Van Deurzen.

Please contact Erko Psychology to book an appointment or discuss your specific requirements.