(Answered) NRNP 6645 Week 7 Assignment: Human Existential Psychotherapy


Week 7 Assignment: Comparing Humanistic-Existential Psychotherapy with Other Approaches

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Understanding the strengths of each type of therapy and which type of therapy is most appropriate for each patient is an essential skill of the psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. In this Assignment, you will compare humanistic-existential therapy to another psychotherapeutic approach. You will identify the strengths and challenges of each approach and describe expected potential outcomes.

To prepare:

  • Review the humanistic-existential psychotherapy videos in this week’s Learning Resources.
  • Reflect on humanistic-existential psychotherapeutic approaches.
  • Then, select another psychotherapeutic approach to compare with humanistic-existential psychotherapy. The approach you choose may be one you previously explored in the course or one you are familiar with and especially interested in.

The Assignment

In a 2- to 3-page paper, address the following:

  • Briefly describe humanistic-existential psychotherapy and the second approach you selected.
  • Explain at least three differences between these therapies. Include how these differences might impact your practice as a PMHNP.
  • Focusing on one video you viewed, explain why humanistic-existential psychotherapy was utilized with the patient in the video and why it was the treatment of choice. Describe the expected potential outcome if the second approach had been used with the patient.
  • Support your response with specific examples from this week’s media and at least three peer-reviewed, evidence-based sources. Explain why each of your supporting sources is considered scholarly. Attach the PDFs of your sources.


Nichols, M., & Davis, S. D. (2020). The essentials of family therapy (7th ed.). Pearson.

  • Chapter 7, “Experiential Family Therapy”

Wheeler, K. (Ed.). (2020). Psychotherapy for the advanced practice psychiatric nurse: A how-to guide for evidence-based practice (3rd ed.). Springer Publishing.

  • Chapter 6, “Humanistic-Existential and Solution-Focused Approaches to Psychotherapy”






            Therapists have many therapeutic approaches that they can embrace to treat patients with mental health conditions. Human existential psychotherapy (HEP) is one of the approaches that we have addressed in the past lecturers. This approach is often embraced to assist patients who are dealing with self-awareness issues, self-imposed limitations, and issues associated with individual identity. In addition to this approach, I will address cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), which utilizes aspects of cognitive distortions and automatic thoughts to address patients’ concerns.

Humanistic Existential Psychotherapy (HEP)

Existential humanistic psychotherapy is an approach that helps clients to free themselves from limitations that are self-imposed. This approach allows the patient to achieve a deep comprehension of their life goals. It is an approach that enables clients to identify their uniqueness by acquiring a deeper understanding of themselves and their world. The role of the therapists in this approach is to teach the clients to identify their resistance in order to have a meaningful life (Schneider, 2019). The clients are taught to identify the elements of their life that can be eliminated in order to lead a more nourishing life. This approach aims to improve the client’s capacity of understanding and self-awareness and create an identity that enables them to be present in their lives to lead a more satisfying life.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

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