Existential Psychotherapy

Existential Psychotherapy

We’ve heard of an existential crisis - a moment that leads you to question your purpose in life, what you’re doing, and even who you are.

Woman attending existential therapy at KMA Therapy in Toronto

It can feel exhausting and tiresome to live in a world where we don’t feel motivated and can’t figure out what our purpose is.

Existential psychotherapy puts you in control of finding the answers to life’s big questions in a supportive environment.

What is existential psychotherapy? 

Existential psychotherapy focuses on helping you come to terms with the existential issues in your life. It emphasizes the unique experience that every person has.

Topics and issues covered in Existential Therapy include:

  • Grief
  • Anxiety
  • Isolation
  • Freedom
  • Depression
  • Death Anxiety
  • Challenges with Identity

Your therapist will work to help you find meaning in your life through self-exploration and reflection. They will guide you through reflections that allow you to come to your own decisions about your unique thoughts and feelings.

Existential therapy can be challenging, as it requires you to confront the darker aspects of existence, but it can also be very rewarding. 

It can be a great way to help you live a more authentic and fulfilling life.

To learn more about whether Existential Therapy could work for you, read What is Existential Therapy? The Pros and Cons.

What happens during existential psychotherapy?

Existential psychotherapy provides a framework for understanding and managing the challenges of life. It focuses on the therapeutic relationship.

Man attending existential therapy at KMA Therapy in Toronto

The existential psychotherapy relationship focuses on:

  • Human limitation
  • Self-awareness
  • Responsibility
  • Relationships
  •  Freedom
  • Meaning
  • Choice

These factors are incredibly personal and will vary depending on your unique life experiences. 

Flexibility is one of the most important components of existential therapy.

How does existential psychotherapy work at KMA Therapy?

Here at KMA, your existential psychotherapy journey will begin with a 50-minute introductory appointment with one of our caring intake therapists.

Our intake sessions (and subsequent sessions) are typically covered by your insurance plan under Psychological Services.

During this appointment, we’ll ask you questions to explore:

  • The life circumstances or events that led you to seek out therapy
  • Your ideal treatment plan and therapist
  • What brings you motivation and joy
  • Your life goals and therapy goals

After this appointment, you’ll be matched with the existential psychotherapist who is best suited to your needs. We’ll also outline your treatment plan so you have a clear idea of the duration and frequency of your therapy sessions.

Book your introductory appointment today to start feeling better, or contact our team for more information.

Learn more about the treatments we offer by visiting our Therapies page.

To learn more about what happens during an introductory session, read What Should I Expect in a Therapy Introductory Appointment?

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