Existential And Cognitive Behavior Therapy Approaches Essay

1995 Words Dec 12th, 2016 8 Pages
This essay will first provides two summaries in relation to the existential and the cognitive behaviour therapy approaches to fear and sadness. Then, it will go on demonstrating a comparison between the two approaches, with explanations about how each of these approaches see depression and anxiety. Also, how the two approaches deal with them. Which, includes the use of a framework or not, how much the therapist and the client take part in the therapeutic work, the use of diagnoses, and the focus on the current time malfunctioning of the client in addition to the focus of concern on overcoming the negative ways of thinking in both kinds of counselling. Finally, there is a personal view on the usefulness of using an integrated approach to manage these problems.

Existential psychotherapies are based on the ideas of the existential philosophy, which does not have specific technics for explaining the psychological disorders. Thus, this practice is vague, and demand the practitioner to be creative and deeply involved with the philosophy, (Langdridge, 2010, p132). The philosophy is a source of many ideas on the existence of human, and on how to manage the difficulties of life and death. It also has universal aspects, which make the core principles of the practice, such as that people are unique and ever changing beings, without fixed underlying personality or diagnoses. Also, that people have free choices, a limited and anxious existence, and are bound by the ability of their…

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