existential-integrative therapy

my approach to therapy

Craig Brand BSc mbacp, Psychotherapist

about me...

about existential-integrative therapy

Hi, and welcome to my site. I’m Craig, a psychotherapist working online, across the UK. I am an integrative therapist with a focus on existential therapy. This page explains a little about what existential therapy means to me, other therapies I integrate, how I work, and who it may be well suited for. For more general info about me and my practice, please click “about me” above.

“There is a life and there is a death, and there are beauty and melancholy between,” 

–  Albert Camus

existential psychotherapy

The basis of my work is existential psychotherapy. Existential psychotherapy is a talking therapy based around a deeply human conversation. It can be a place for you to express and explore safely all of the most uncomfortable thoughts and feelings you may be having. It looks at our emotional problems in the broadest context of our lives and deaths – past, present and future. 

Science tells us a lot about how our genetics and biology affect us, and our childhoods and upbringings too. How painful and unhelpful the past, and the patterns we learn along the way, can be. Existential therapy can help you understand, live with and move through those deep, difficult feelings.

Existential therapy can explore other angles on your life too, at what it means to be truly human.

That may be the unique struggles and choices of your life in the present – your relationships, job, or illnesses you face; or the social and cultural parts of life that shape you too.

Or it may be the truly universal struggles of being human. How to face life and death; how to choose to live in between; how to find meaning in your life and suffering, and live the right life for you; how to love your life.

It is a more philosophical, non-judgemental form of psychotherapy, and sees that life is uncertain, and that anxiety and certain pains are a natural, often important part of it.

Existential therapy is well suited to anyone asking themselves these questions, anyone curious about themselves and their lives. People are often surprised at how seemingly unrelated mental health issues are connected to these natural, and difficult, parts of being human.

other therapies I integrate

I also integrate, or blend, a range of evidence-based knowledge and therapies from other areas. This integrative therapy approach is increasingly common and a great way of ensuring psychotherapy or counselling can best fit your unique needs and story. It recognises that there’s no one specific approach that works for everyone. I integrate therapies and knowledge from: neuroscience, psychodynamic therapy,  trauma therapies and humanistic, relational therapies.

what can these therapies help with?

Existential therapy is particularly well suited to certain kinds of difficulties, like:

  •  persistent anxiety, generalised or health or death anxiety
  • depression of all kinds, especially existential depression, existential crisis or mid-life crisis
  • the effects of cancer & illness
  • bereavement & loss
  • life transitions like redundancy, divorce, retirement etc; identity, social & cultural issues & finding your authentic way to live

Psychodynamic, trauma-informed and humanistic therapies all provide safe and effective ways of helping with problems like:

  • relationship problems
  • abuse & trauma
  • anxiety, low mood & stress
  • mental health diagnoses: ocd, bipolar, personality disorders
  • low self-esteem, or identity issues

Whatever it is you’re going through, please feel free to give me a call or e-mail to chat more about how I can help…

07554 809361