Humanistic-Existential psychotherapy aims to help you explore the struggles that you face, whilst considering the influence of your circumstances. The psychotherapist works with you to understand how you create meaning in your life and how this informs your sense of self, your views about others and the world. The aim of this approach is to illuminate how you experience past and present challenges. Within a compassionate and trusting therapeutic relationship you may begin to feel more able to accept and own previously unspoken thoughts and feelings, this can give rise to developing new perspectives and ways of being in the world.
Humanistic-Existential Therapy can help with a wide range of presenting issues including:
Individuals who feel they would benefit from exploring their difficult personal experiences and struggles in life within a nurturing and supportive therapeutic relationship. This approach is suited to individuals who feel stuck or thwarted and who want to gain a fuller sense of themselves both in terms of their difficulties and their potential.
Dr Sophia Gazla (BSc, MRes, DCounsPsych, CPsychol)
Dr Gazla’s therapeutic approach is best described as pluralistic. Rooted in Humanistic and Existential psychotherapy values, Dr Gazla places a great importance on developing a trusting and collaborative therapeutic relationship to work with clients’ hopes and needs for the therapy process. This may include offering a safe space for clients to express and explore their difficulties confidentially, to work relationally to better understand how past relationships have influenced present ways of interpreting and relating to others and the world, or to focus on developing helpful strategies and skills to improve wellbeing. Dr Gazla draws upon contemporary ‘Third Wave’ Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques that can help to understand and reduce harmful behaviours and improve relationships with oneself and others, as well as foster psychological health and valued living. Dr Gazla applies these approaches to work effectively with issues such as anxiety, depression, eating issues, addiction, intrusive thoughts, harmful behaviours, medically unexplained symptoms, relationship problems, as well as general life challenges, in short-term or long-term therapy.