How do you guide yourself through the process of your life?
Do you make yourself up as you go along, inventing your life story as you want it to be … or do you feed your unconscious mind with knowledge, in order to be guided from the wisdom that comes from the understanding that ensues?
If either of these are true, have you realised you are a philosophical thinker? A philosopher, no doubt! Philosophy is you see whatever you experience, as you experience it. It is the unravelling of what you notice noticing, and the meaning you give to the things that garnish your awareness.
In reflecting philosophically, it is believed that you can become more resilient, more able to move beyond your circumstances; better able to be with intense emotions, such as grief, fear, or despair.
Philosophy is not just for the intellectual character … as it is open to all that value an awareness of what is, and what can be. It is a self-connectedness, and a way of reflecting on life, in order to be able to flourish and live as a fully functioning human being.
So then … you are a philosopher! What’s more, if you think about it … you are also an existentialist!
How come? Well:
- You are concerned with living as full a life as possible: You look for things that make you feel alive.
- You notice that there are many ambiguities in your life: you know you shouldn’t eat those chocolates, or drink that additional glass of wine, but you still do so … as it feels good!
- You will likely feel anxious at times, if you really stopped to think about it.
- You want to be your real self … really!
- You think about what will make you happy, often.
- You wonder at times what this life is all about, and what’s the point of it all.
- You want to be accepted, and yet remain an individual. You want the best of both worlds.
If these points are true, then quite simply … you qualify to be amongst the greatest thinkers the world has ever seen!
We are all philosophers and existentialists! So why not take this a stage further, and experience your innermost fantasies about your humanness?
How could you benefit from Existential Counselling?
In this unique place of exploration, someone stands with you, committed to teaching you something new about life. Your specific issue can be explored within the whole context of you within your life. There is space to reflect on the values you live by, and to gain understanding about the discrepancies between your values, and the subsequent actions that are causing you the disquiet in your life.
Looking at your life through an Existential perspective helps you get closer to a more authentic place of being, as you begin to become more connected to what you are experiencing through life, and the dilemmas you are holding and struggling with. There is a vital importance fostered in the meaning you hold for your unique particular life situations, and a respectful support in helping you find a way of living where your life is improved, your symptoms alleviated, and your life possibilities are opened up to.
Who would benefit?
- If you suffer from anxiety, guilt, despair, shame or anger.
- If you have suffered or are suffering from a trauma or bereavement.
- If you feel lost in your life, or feel in a personal crisis.
- If you have an eating disorder, or feel depressed.
- If you don’t feel you are yourself.
These are the situations that really benefit from Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy. Exploration into the finer nuances of these struggles, with a highly trained and experienced existential therapist, will help you thrive … and reconnect to all that it means to be you in the world.
To start your journey, contact us today.
Author: Dr Tom Barber
Dr Tom Barber is an experienced integrative and existential psychotherapist and counsellor, who has been helping people overcome personal challenges for the last 25 years. He is a bestselling author of 6 books, and spends his time between private clients, teaching and lecturing internationally, writing, and developing programmes to help people improve the quality of their life. His academic speciality is in the subject of emotion.
Originally posted 2017-04-05 23:07:13.