Saturday, March 2, 2013

Existential Approach

There are many ways to think about how change happens in therapy.  No theoretical framework captures the phenomenon fully, but they all provide a lens.  The existentialist approach to therapy, healing and transformation is this . . .

1. Meaning in life is found in the living of each moment.

2. Passionate commitment to a way of life, to one’s purpose and one’s relationships, is the highest form of expression of one’s humanity.

3. All human beings have freedom of choice and responsibility for our choices.

4. Openness to experience allows for the greatest possible expansion of personal expression.

5. In the ever-present face of death itself, we find the deepest commitment to life itself.

Journal of Heart-Centered Therapies, 2003, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 3-46
The Existential Approach in Heart-Centered Therapies
David Hartman, MSW and Diane Zimberoff, M.A.

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