Bob helps you discover the ways in which you define yourself and the world and facilitates your exploration of your existential themes. Existential themes are the ways in which you identify yourself which most determine how you live — in ways that are both inhibiting and expansive.
Some examples of existential themes that inhibit fuller living are:
- I’m never going to get what I really want
- The world is unsafe and I will be hurt
- I’m too awkward to be successful
Some examples of existential themes that support expansive living are:
- I am confident that I can achieve my goals
- I can trust what unfolds in my life and I am safe
- I feel good about who I am, including my awkward moments
A goal of existential humanistic psychotherapy is to make conscious, and then work through, the inhibiting existential themes so you are less impacted by them. Another goal is to make conscious and strengthen the already existing life-affirming and life-enhancing existential themes so you are more empowered by them.