Existential Therapy
Tiifany Smith

Abstract

Existential Therapy is a form of therapy that digs in deep on trying to explore the inner conflict within a person who is trying to figure out their reason for existence. Questions like who am I, what is my reason on living and just knowing who you are as a person. In the beginning of mock interview Mrs. Smith was a little unsure on who she was or stick with one thing that she was destine to do. After my mock interview, it still was not clear but it gave Mrs. Smith a better understanding and outlook of life.
Existential Therapy
The term Existential is basis on existence, someone struggling with the understanding of self-identity. They are trying to figure out who they are or what is the meaning of life. In Existential therapy, they form a special type of therapy, which helps someone to explore that inner conflict within themselves that is trying to figure out the reason of existence.
In my childhood days growing up I always questioned myself, wondering who I was what I stood for and where I wanted to be. I never understood the true meaning of life or why people were put her on this earth. As I got older, I still questioned it but now my reasons started to become clearer and as I grow, I understand more on what my purpose is. I would always wonder why am I thinking these weird things and was somewhat afraid to speak out on it because I did not want people to look at me different or try to label me for my thoughts. Before attending counseling theory, I did not know that there were therapeutic techniques to help individuals like myself get a better understanding on who they are and what they stand for. I grew interest for this topic only to see if it really would help me and maybe I would be able to pass my knowledge onto others who are struggling.
Choosing my client was not as hard as I thought it would be. Although many people try to portray this perfect image of self-awareness and self-awareness of others by asking, the right questions and allowing them to answer these questions in their own words proved that they really didn't. I wanted to interview someone who came off to be shy, not to out spoken and didn't seem too confident in her work. My client wasn't too sure about herself and just by speaking to her on a daily basis I assumed she didn't believe in herself or others.
In existential therapy there are many therapeutic approaches/ techniques. With my client I choose to use as many as possible just so I would get a better idea on who she is so I first asked my person to tell me who she is in her own words not from what others say. Aside from me seeing her at work I didn't know anything about her background history. She was able to express where she came from and was able to give me a better understanding of her family and their views. I also asked her to tell me about her own personal view and outlook on the world we live in. By doing so I was able to get her into a comfortable space and being able to feel free to saying anything that comes to mind.
We spoke about personal growth, Mrs. Smith is a 38-year-old woman who is a part of the LBGT community and in her eyes, she believes many people think of her as an outsider. By feeling like an outsider Mrs. Smith is content with where she is in her adult life, she's been working in the same field for over 10 years because she is afraid of change and never thought about grown because she thought that's all she was meant to do which was be a dental assistant. Mrs. Smith was also afraid because she thought her age would be a problem on trying to grow and thought that by this time it was too late and almost impossible. People always seem to put things to the back and find excuse because they are too old