Existential Psychotherapies: An Introduction
The Carlat Psychiatry Report, Volume 11, Number 2, February 2013
Benjamin R Tong, PhD
Professor of clinical psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies
Dr. Tong has disclosed that he has no relevant relationships or financial interests in any commercial company pertaining to this educational activity.
Psychotherapy provided near the end of a patient’s life focuses on existential themes. While the term “existential” conjures up questions like “why am I here?” and issues about meaninglessness, death, and our limited lifespan, existential therapy is about much more: an awareness of oneself, one’s freedom to make choices, and one’s capacity to remove obstacles to “authentic existence.”