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  • Dr. Marie Dezelic

Existential Therapeutic Approach

“When seeking Happiness, Meaning, Fulfillment, Enjoyment, Symptom Relief,

Coping, Trauma Recovery, and Support."

Life-salient issues, as well as traumas, current stressors and discomforts, will be addressed and focused upon, to relieve suffering, and find meaning and comfort once more...

The Therapeutic Process from an Existential Multi-Modal Approach Enables People:

~ To recognize strengths and weaknesses, and utilize both for growth

~ To facilitate a greater understanding of the human condition and the experiences within it from the personal and relational context

~ To uncover and discover inner strengths and resources to live passionate and fulfilling lives

~ To live authentically, heal past traumas, and have personal and relational growth

through self-awareness, self-reflection, self-discovery, self-connection, self-acceptance, self-compassion, and self-transcendence

Existential Therapy/Therapeutic Process Definition: (M. Dezelic, PhD)

A growth process encounter between a guide (with particular expertise) and a seeker (patient, client, individual, consumer, family, or group), where the guide offers existential psychoeducation—concepts of the human condition and “existence,” and an understanding of overwhelming experiences that have caused symptoms and maladaptive coping and living; through the encounter and presence of the two or group, it is an open invitation to explore and discover one’s ontological being (mind, body, and unique essence-spirit) of:

(1) The inner world—how the individual can learn to “be” in oneself, be connected to one’s own existence, and understand one’s sense of self in the world;

as well as in relation to

(2) The outer world—other human beings, animals, nature, creations, and process.

The existential therapeutic encounter is an unfolding, creative, and dynamic process, that focuses on the individual’s personal freedom and responsibility to one’s existence, meaning constructs (through a Biological, Personal, Relational-Social, and Cultural framework), and experiences, creativity, and attitudes throughout the human condition and “being” human, while exploring and creating a balance between meaninglessness and meaningful living.

Issues Addressed in Psychotherapy:

•Trauma & PTSD •Mood Disorders •Anxiety Disorders •Eating Disorders •Personality Disorders •Substance-Related Disorders •Addictions •Attention Deficit Disorders •Anger & Stress Management •Cognitive Disorders • Chronic Pain •Grief & Loss •Oncology & Palliative Care •Relationships •Separation & Collaborative Divorce •Sexuality •Spirituality •Existential (Existence) Awareness & Questioning •Compassion Fatigue & Burnout in Human Services Fields •Forensic Psychology

Treatment Approach-- Clinical Training and Expertise in these Methods:

•Logotherapy & Existential Analysis •Psychodynamic Therapy •Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy •Family Systems •ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) •Positive Psychology •PTSD and Trauma-Informed Therapies •Internal Family Systems •Dialectical Behavior Therapy •Solution-Focused Therapy •Mindfulness & Stress Reduction •Clinical Hypnosis •NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programing) •EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) •Seeking Safety •Trauma Incidence Reduction (TIR) •Art Therapy •Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy •Gottman Couples Therapy •Somatic Experiential Processing •Motivational Interviewing •Reality Therapy •Neurobiology & Psychoeducation •Grief & Loss Therapy •Dignity Therapy •Palliative Care and Psycho-Oncology •Life, Family, Recovery, and Interventionist Coaching

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