Existential Psychotherapies: Similarities and Differences Among the Main Branches

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Correia, E. A., Cooper, M., Berdondini, L. and Correia, K. 2016. Existential Psychotherapies: Similarities and Differences Among the Main Branches. Journal of Humanistic Psychology. 58 (2), p. 119–143. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022167816653223
AuthorsCorreia, E. A., Cooper, M., Berdondini, L. and Correia, K.
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Authors agree that a range of different existential therapies exist. However, not much has been written about what is characteristic and distinctive of each existential therapy, and the few claims that have been made are mainly hypothetical. Practitioners from the four main branches of existential therapy were asked about the authors and texts that have most influenced their practice and the practices they considered most characteristic of existential therapy. From all over the world, 29 daseinsanalysts, 82 existential-humanistic, 573 existential-phenomenological, and 303 logotherapy and/or existential analysis practitioners participated in this study. Data show that the scope of influence of an author is pretty much limited to the branch he or she is related to and only a few authors, in particular Frankl and Yalom, influence practitioners from all four branches. Five categories of practice are shared among the main existential branches as the most characteristics of existential therapy, with phenomenological practices being the most shared category: But the frequency of each of these categories of practice differs significantly depending on respondents’ training or affiliated branch. Data corroborate the idea of different existential therapies, with logotherapy and/or existential analysis being the most markedly different branch of them all.

JournalJournal of Humanistic Psychology
Journal citation58 (2), p. 119–143
ISSN0022-1678
Year2016
PublisherSAGE Publications
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0022167816653223
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Deposited22 Mar 2021
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As accepted for publication in Journal of Humanistic Psychology: Correia, E. A., Cooper, M., Berdondini, L., & Correia, K. (2018). Existential Psychotherapies: Similarities and Differences Among the Main Branches. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 58(2), 119–143. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022167816653223

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