Though existential therapists can’t promise to reveal to you ‘the meaning of life’, the existential approach is about more than treating symptoms. It looks at the larger issues at work behind your distress, and encourages a deeper understanding of your feelings and their context.
It asks about the meaning of life," says Louise Sundararajan, PhD. "That term sounds kind of trite, but it's not." Existential-humanistic psychology doesn't promise the answer to that question, she says, but it can help clients and other psychologists frame their questions about the larger issues at work behind depression, anxiety and other causes of mental angst and dissatisfaction with life. Many people want a more holistic experience that does more than address their symptoms, she says. They want a therapy that helps them know more about their lives and feelings."