Existential questions

What happens when we have doubts that go beyond the daily flow of our lives or even the choices that are under our control?

At some point in our lives, we can find ourselves with doubts about issues that go beyond our most mundane lives. Among those recognized as the most common are the existential questions regarding freedom and associated responsibility, death, isolation, and the lack of meaning in life.

Existentialism in our therapeutic work puts the focus on the human condition as a whole, using a positive approach that applauds human capabilities and aspirations while acknowledging human limitations.

In such therapeutic work it is also of great relevance to look at our individual experience as part of a field that includes the environment that surrounds us in a broader sense.

It is an exploration of the landscapes of suffering and how to inhabit and cultivate them so that they exist fully and both the therapist and the person in therapy can be present in them in such a way that they can be transformed as beautifully put by Dr. Gianni Francesetti.

Both the therapist and the person in therapy work hand in hand to understand the implications of past choices and the beliefs and circumstances that led to their occurrence, with an emphasis on using the past as a tool to promote newfound freedom and assertiveness. By realizing that they are not destined for a specific purpose, the person in therapy is able to free themselves from the chains of obligation that may have prevented them from existing fully at all times.

This approach involves learning to grow and embrace our own lives and exist in them with wonder and curiosity. Developing the ability to view life with curiosity and compassion can help us see life’s experience as a journey rather than a test, and it can also help eradicate the fear associated with death.

Because existential psychotherapy focuses on the underlying factors of perceived behavioral and mental health problems, an existential approach may not directly address the main problem that a person in treatment is experiencing. Because of this, existential therapy, which is quite adaptable, is often used in conjunction with other treatment approaches. Combining approaches can help maximize the effectiveness of both and promote greater recovery.

If you feel that these questions might be connected to your personal journey as an expat, you will find a dedicated calendar to schedule an informative video call about the treatment of migratory grief, following the link to first contact.

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