existential psychotherapy

Also found in: Encyclopedia.

ex·is·ten·tial psy·cho·ther·a·py

a type of therapy, based on existential philosophy, emphasizing confrontation, primarily spontaneous interaction, and feeling experiences rather than rational thinking, with less attention given to patient's resistance; the therapist is involved on the same level and to the same degree as the patient.
References in periodicals archive ?
This paper addresses the usefulness of Existential Psychotherapy in hypnotic interventions for mediating somatic and psychosomatic symptomatology.
Qualitative research provides an opening to explore approaches that have been ignored in randomized controlled trials, such as humanistic and existential psychotherapy, Slife says.
Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling: Contributions to a Pluralistic Practice
In his magisterial Existential Psychotherapy (New York: Basic Books, 1980), Yalom classifies these concerns in four broad categories: Death, Freedom, Isolation, and Meaninglessness.
Frankl's concept of time: Existential psychotherapy with couples and families.
Others illustrate psychoanalysis, analytical psychotherapy, existential psychotherapy, Gestalt therapy, and integrative psychotherapy.
Dictionary of existential psychotherapy and counselling.
Existential psychotherapy with Vietnam veteran couples: A twenty-five year report.
These existential themes have become the genesis of existential psychotherapy.
Betty Cannon's Applied Existential Psychotherapy merits only an inserted text box, and there is a frustratingly undeveloped reference to the growth of cross-cultural work in this approach, including in China.
This feels like a nice, rounded conclusion that is not a conclusion (after all, how could a conclusion be fully reached given the material), but that brings together everything previously mentioned, in that existential psychotherapy can 'effect a profound appreciation of our situation in the world, and how we exist in if (p 242).