Definitions for "Existential therapy"
a type of humanistic therapy that helps the client overcome emotional or behavioral problems by dealing with major philosophical issues in life, including death, freedom, isolation, and meaning. (533)
A humanistic therapy that emphasizes people's free will and tries to help them achieve a personal outlook that will give meaning to their lives.
The significance of the approach is that it reacts against the tendency to view therapy as a system of well-defined techniques; it affirms looking at those unique characteristics that make us human and building therapy on them. It emphasizes choice, freedom, responsibility, and self-determination. In essence, we are the authors of our life.