The Existential approach to therapy is rooted in existential philosophy (think Neitzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, etc.)
The following are assumptions of existential philosophy . . .
Individual Emphasis: the goal in life is to really exist as opposed to so-called living, to fully manifest your talents and virtues, thus “becoming the person you really are.”
Passionate Commitment: urges us to live our lives to the fullest, according to our own individual understanding.
Human freedom to make choices and the responsibility to do so consciously: responsible for what we do, responsible for who we are, responsible for the way we face and deal with the world, responsible, ultimately, for the way the world is.
Authenticity: Encourages us to be authentic, to “take hold of ourselves” and in the engagement with self to make the most appropriate choices in living in the world.
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.