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    Existential and Person-Centered Approaches

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    After viewing the Case with Stan and Lecturettes from the Existential and Person-Centered approaches, write a 1-2 page paper discussing the counselor's use of these therapies in the sessions with Stan. Conclude with how the usage of these therapies will be purposeful in your counseling. Consider who, when, where and how you might use these therapies.

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    *Breaking up the two approaches will separate your paper into the sections needed.

    Existentialism - A psychodynamic approach to counseling with a focus on decreasing existential anxiety (the anxiety drawn from the fear and confusion that comes with living in a "meaningless world"). In essence, along with finally accepting one's place in the universe, accepting that one is alone, there is no one else and a person is therefore responsible for everything in his/her life, comes freedom. A client will then be able to face the world with courage as he has come to terms with the absurdity of existence. Living a life full of responsibility (both personal and social), honesty, courage, and facing rather than escaping existential anxiety and anger are central features of existential psychotherapy. An Existential therapist focuses on the fact that beyond all of the world's stereotypes and preconceived notions, a client is an individual. The theory's main purpose is to bring a person back to the center of the therapeutic process. He is not a passive observer of the ...

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    Existential and Person-Centered approaches to therapy and basic components of each.