CLIENT SCENARIO III
Joan is a 65 year old recently widowed woman of Native-American descent. Joan was
born and raised on an Arizona reservation. She met her husband in the military and
the couple travelled all over the world. They never had children and Joan’s life was
filled with experiential depth of the many countries and communities that she lived in
over the past 45 years.
Since her husband’s death 6 months ago, Joan finds that all
she has known has ended. She finds no meaning or purpose in life anymore.
Please identify which concepts you are using by underlining or bolding that concept
Each essay question must be ½ to 1 page per question
ESSAY QUESTION 9
The primary task of the existential therapist is to foster genuineness with an
emphasis on living authentically and responsibly while addressing questions
of meaning, creativity and love. Considering two (2) of the basic concepts on
pages 266-269, discuss how you might work with Joan
Existentialists regard people as meaning-making beings who are both subjects of expe- rience
and objects of self-reflection. We are mortal creatures who, because we are self- aware, know
that we are mortal. Yet it is only in reflecting on our mortality that we can learn how to live.
People ask themselves questions concerning their being: Who am I? Is life worth living? Does it
have a meaning? How can I realize my humanity? Existential- ists hold that, ultimately, each of
us must come to terms with these questions, and each of us is responsible for who we are and
what we become.