An Existential approach in a time of existential crisis
We are currently living through an existential crisis and I want to offer you a space to process this new reality. This pandemic sheds a bright light on some of the tenets of existential psychotherapy, particularly the idea that there is always freedom within life’s constraints.
All of us operate within constraints and limitations, such as needing to work 40 hours per week on the front lines of a pandemic to make ends meet, or having to figure out how to work from home while taking care of children.
However, within life’s constraints we always have freedom. Even now. We are free to choose how we feel and how we act within the parameters. I want to help you discover and explore what’s possible within these new stressful limitations that this pandemic placed upon us.
Perhaps a few sessions need to be spent processing how awful this feels and how scared you are. If that’s the case, then that’s what we’ll do, and in deciding to do so, you’ve begun exercising your freedom to act within the constraints.
I am with you and I’m here to help. Call me at 503-915-3620.
"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."
-Viktor E. Frankl
Embrace yourself completely.
Thanks for visiting my website, my name is William and I’m here to help you feel better. Since you're here, I suspect you might be trying to find some sort of relief, but what is it that you want relief from? Usually we want relief from emotions we deem negative, such as anxiety or depression. But what if those feelings are trying to tell us something? What if they are trying to tell us that we need to make changes or see things from a different perspective? In fact, you are most likely reading this because your “negative” feelings were persistent enough in informing you that something has to change.
I am here to help you explore what your feelings are asking of you.
I will not commit to helping you stomp on your feelings as if they were a threat, instead I will join you in exploring your entire palette of feelings as they are all yours. I am here to help you embrace all of you; the joy and the sorrow are all a part of you. Accepting and integrating the full range of emotions is the first step to healing; we have to listen to the entirety of our being to find our truest self.
While working with me, you will never be seen as a collection of symptoms, instead, you will be seen as a unique person experiencing life unlike anyone else. I am not suggesting you constantly live in a state of anxiety or sadness, I am simply suggesting that we acknowledge the utility of all of our feelings as they all guide us towards living life with authenticity and awe.
Sometimes inevitable changes bring about new feelings in our lives. These new feelings inform how we can respond as we take responsibility for our wellbeing and make courageous changes. In this way, the goal is not to simply work on changing feelings, instead, the goal is to change our very lives while informed by all of our feelings. When we acknowledge ourselves completely and from the deepest place of our psyche, we are better able to make meaningful life changing decisions. With a greater degree of self-awareness and kindness towards yourself, It’s time to embrace yourself completely.
I offer a free 20 minute phone consultation so you can decide if we are a good fit.
An Existential-Humanistic approach.
I primarily work from an Existential-Humanistic perspective (EH). We will explore the intersections of: how do you live now? How would you like to live? Is the life you want possible? An EH approach acknowledges the entire person, not just their symptoms. To me, the main issue in our lives is what to do with our lives. We are alive, so how do we live in a way that is authentic and free, while accepting the non-negotiable constraints life gives us?
In this deeper type of therapeutic journey, the potential for life changing discoveries is greater. Through this approach, symptom reduction tends to happen through the process of taking responsibility for what we can change, as well as true acceptance of the things we cannot change. In other words, we begin to feel better as we begin to live life with more self-awareness, courage, and in a way that is more in-line with our true self.
EH is less rigid than other modalities. It unfolds in the present moment as client and therapist stay attuned to what is happening in the moment. Our working relationship will be based on honesty, personal responsibility, and genuineness.
Also, because life can be absurd/funny/ironic, humor seems to always be present in the office. The environment we create will be one of exploration, healing and growth that is tailored to you and can truly be life changing.