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Existential Therapy Model And Opinion
Self Awareness and Discovery
I have found as a counselor that the Existential Therapy Model is one of the best models. I do like it because it is a more personal way of conducting therapy. I feel that this is more effective because you cause a client in counseling to undergo self awareness,discovery, and model their own behavior. Thus, this can cause a person to bring some real purpose and meaning into their own life. This in turn makes a person in counseling to heighten their own sense of making a free choice with responsibility. This is appealing to me because it really causes a person to take a good look at their own values, beliefs, and put their own learning into action.
Man's Search for Meaning Viktor E.Frankl Book
Viktor Frankl Anxiety Is A Way of Life
Viktor Frankl I believe created the most effective models. When you look at the terror that he endured in the Nazi Concentration Camps it gives the true meaning that anxiety is a way of living. Frankl's belief in "the essence of being human lies in searching for meaning and purpose. We discover this meaning through our actions and deeds". I do like the way Frankl breaks it down even further by emphasizing that "experientially everything can be taken from a person except the freedom to choose one's own attitude and their way." I was very much in agreement with some of the other theorists in Existential Therapy. I especially agree with Vandeutzen-Smith when he viewed clients as "being sick of life or awkward at living and needing help in deciding the best route to take, so they can discover their way." This I believe is entirely true and I know from my own past experiences that sometimes I myself have gotten out of focus. But, through guidance from my own therapist at that time in my life I was able to put my own life back in perspective. Through this process I even found my own meaningful existence again and it forced me to restructure areas of my life. I think almost everyone can relate to the above. A lot of people might even console with a friend, family member, pastor, or their own private therapist, but all were engaged in a form of Existential Therapy. The therapist-counselor is by far the only one qualified and probably aware of the actual experience, but Existential Therapy was in existence.
Summary Existential Therapy
I would say that right now I am under going Existential Therapy as I have purpose,meaning, and my own self awareness is very prevalent on a daily or hourly basis etc. There is no doubt if put under stress tomorrow I would feel anxiety, but I do understand that following this model is very healthy and a way of life. Finally, we all know that as "mortal beings" one day we will all die. This is real life. So, we all have to make the most out of each and every day and take life simply one day at a time. Plus, we must never forget to enjoy the journey and adventures of life at all times. What do you think? I look forward to feedback whether it is positive or negative.