Ch. 5 Viktor Frankl Existential Therpay

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Phase I, Contact: acknowledgment of different world views between client and therapist; initial education about existential principles.

Phase II, Understanding: therapist tries to clearly understand the worldview of the client

Phase III, Education and Integration: therapist continues to educate the client, the therapist gently challenges the client to embrace the worldview that is based on the underlying philosophy of existential therapy.

Phase IV, Awareness: client understands the basic philosophy of existential therapy, begins the process of becoming conscious of how he or she has avoided existential angst and guilt and has instead developed neurotic ways of living due to not taking responsibility of his/her choices

Phase V, Self-Acceptance: Awareness of how one has avoided existential angst and guilt eventually leads to acceptance of the kinds of harmful neurotic behaviors that the client has embraced.

Phase VI, Responsibility: the client realizes that neurotic behaviors are self-imposed and that he/she is solely responsible for bringing meaning, dignity, love, and joy to life

Phase VII, Choice and Freedom: Realizing that we alone are responsible for our lives, the client can being to make conscious choices that free the client from his/her self-imposed neurotic constraints

Phase VIII, Separation: client begins to live authentically and responsibly, he or she consciously chooses behaviors that will positively impact the self and others. Client does not need therapy, and can also separate from other people in their life in order to be more authentic
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