Approach is experiential and counseling rather than a theoretical model.
Stresses core human conditions.
Interest is on the now and what one is becoming.
Contains a future orientation and stresses self-awareness before action.
Capacity for Self-awareness
Freedom and Responsibility
Striving for Identity and Relationships to Others
Search for Meaning
Anxiety as a Condition of Living
Awareness of Death & Non-being
Phases of Existential Counseling
Clients appropriate for Existential Counseling
Application to Brief Therapy
Issues addressed are: freedom & responsibility, isolation & relationships, meaning & meaninglessness, living & dying
Corey, G. (2013)..Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy (9th ed.,). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.