Existential therapy

Definition of existential therapy

existential therapy

(EK-sih-STEN-shul THAYR-uh-pee)
A type of psychotherapy that helps people think about the problems in their lives in the context of larger issues related to being human. Existential therapy focuses on helping people make healthy choices by taking responsibility for their own decisions, recognizing both their potential and their limitations, developing better ways of communicating, and searching for meaning and purpose in their lives. It may be used to help treat certain conditions, such as anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms