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Existential Therapy

“The greatest hazard of all, losing one’s self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss - an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc. - is sure to be noticed.” - Søren Kierkegaard

Existential Therapy

“The greatest hazard of all, losing one’s self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss - an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc. - is sure to be noticed.” - Søren Kierkegaard

We all want to find our place in the world. We want to fit, to belong, to have our existence be part of a greater whole. Without this framework, we can feel adrift and hopeless, filled with angst. Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard called this lack of relation to a whole despair, or the "sickness unto death." For Kierkegaard, this despair is universal, and its answer is found in the spiritual dimension through a right relationship to God.

French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre solved this existential angst by proposing that humans realize their freedom and create meaning out of meaninglessness. His contemporary Albert Camus suggested acceptance of the angst as fundamental to the human condition, and posited that we should revel in the absurdity of this truth. Dr. Victor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor, suggested that meaninglessness was simply meaning waiting to be discovered.

Existential therapy can involve any of these themes or a blend of them. At its core it aims to reframe a person's entire philosophy in order to deal with mental health problems. By helping a person find their place in the schema of existence, a therapist can help ease the tension of this angst. At Four Stones Collaborative, we will stand with you as you find your place in this big world. It's possible to find meaning and hope for the future!

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Existential therapy can be useful when treating:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Marriage and couples issues
  • Anger management
  • Issues of grief

A big part of finding ourselves is relationship. Four Stones Collaborative is built on relationship - collaboration is part of our name! We can help you find internal purpose and escape despair.

If you or someone you know could benefit from Existential Therapy