Psychotherapy (Existential Analysis)

Existential analysis as a psychotherapeutic method was invented in the 1930ies by Viktor Frankl from Vienna. It has been further developed since the 1980ies, particularly by the "Gesellschaft für Logotherapie und Existenzanalyse" under Viktor Frankl's former colleague Alfried Längle. It is officially recognized in Austria and elsewhere.

Existential analysis is a phenomenological-personal psychotherapy with the aim to enable the person to achieve

At the centre of existential analysis is the concept of "existence", which means more than automatic processes and mechanisms, but rather a continuous dialogical exchange between the person and the world around, but also within the person.

Existential analysis views the person as continually challenged by experienced or felt values, manifest in relationships, tasks and experiences. These values have a direct relation to the value of one's own life as a whole as well as to the value of the situation in question. The human being is not only in a position to demand and take for granted the gifts from life, but needs to find his own free and responsible answers to the challenges of life.

When is existential analysis useful?

Existential analysis looks at the individual and his needs in a positive and phenomenological way. As a psychotherapy it is suited to treat all problems in behaviour or experience, problems which may be due to psychosocial, psychosomatic or psychic difficulties. These comprise

Sessions usually take place once or twice a week. The total duration of the therapy varies, but often 20 to 30 sessions prove sufficient.

Initially, relief is sought from the acute problems. If necessary, more profound work on the biographical context will ensue in order to deal with the root of the problem and to open up an unhindered access to the future.