"Human Change Implies More Than An Absence Of Problems…

1011 WordsMay 14, 20175 Pages
"Human change implies more than an absence of problems… life is more than an absence of suffering," said by Alphons Richert, the author of Integrating Existential and Narrative Therapy: A Theoretical Base for Eclectic Practice (p. 367). In a society that interprets psychological problems and distress in terms of a physical illness that is treated with a variety of pharmaceuticals, the combination of postmodern approaches and existential approaches could help define psychological problems for what the problems really are, and not pass them off as physical and biological. With this new, integrative approach, the aim is to reduce client’s suffering and find a healthier way of living, rather than trying to reduce the “symptoms” with medicine…show more content…
The consequences of this so-called freedom are widespread throughout the world, and not all the choices are positive. Making choices can feel isolating and lead to guilt if the “right” path is not chosen, with all choices leading to a certain death. This is where existential therapy comes in. This therapy approach focuses on freedom, self-creation, choice and overall, progress while recognizing that the human situation is where one feels powerfulness, isolated, doomed, and anxiety-ridden. The goal of therapy is to give the client an opportunity to face all their angst and for the therapist to respond with courage (Rayner & Vitali, 2014). The emphasis in existentialism is action: what will one do, who will one be, and how will one act given their situation (McDonald, 2012). These main ideas of the existential approach are different than the postmodern approach. The postmodern approach in psychology and philosophy is based on the main ideas that human behavior is dependent upon a set circumstances, like experiences, and using stories or narratives to make sense of events that happen in life. These ideas are contrasted with views that attempt to explain and understand human behavior “through causation” (Park, 2015). This specific type of therapy does not focus on the singular cases of behavior, but it attempts to understand the actual event in the conditions or factors beyond those cases of behavior (Gergen, 2001). Rather than trying to reduce the symptoms that a client
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