Existential-Humanistic, Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)
Existential-Humanistic psychotherapies emphasize a collaborative approach to the understanding of the client's full experience rather than just the symptom, thoughts or behaviour. Psychological problems are viewed as the result of a restricted ability to make authentic, meaningful, and self-directed choices about how to live. Consequently, interventions are aimed at increasing client self-awareness and self-understanding. The key words for existential-humanistic therapy are acceptance and growth, responsibility and freedom.
The goal of this approach is to help clients overcome resistance to experiencing their true feelings that are too frightening and/or painful.