Existential Phenomenological Psychotherapy

Existential Phenomenological Psychotherapy (EPP) is a therapy modality that helps people find meaning in their life. It has its roots in existentialist thought and helps people find control in their situation.

The Six Propositions of EPP

These propositions make up the tenets of existential therapy. As patients move through this treatment, they will use these as the core beliefs that will inform the rest of the treatment.

  • All persons have the capacity for self-awareness
  • Everyone must accept the responsibility that comes with freedom.
  • Everyone has a unique identity that can only be known through relationships with others
  • Each person must continually recreate themselves. The meaning of life and the meaning of existence is never fixed; it constantly changes.
  • Anxiety is part of the human condition
  • Death is a basic human condition that gives significance to life

Overall, EPP helps clients put into their perspective their freedom as human beings, and how to create a meaningful life based on that freedom.

Benefits of Existential Phenomenological Psychotherapy

EPP is most effective as a treatment for addiction. However, it can be effective for those who feel they don’t have a place in the world. EPP is focused on helping clients give meaning to their existence.

This is a type of talk therapy focused on the meaning of life. The concepts that contribute to this modality are dense, but the treatment has been shown to be helpful for many.


Existentialism is about recognizing the nature of existence and creating meaning in it, unique to each person. It postulates that existence is not meaningful, but our actions are.


Phenomenology is an approach to philosophy that focuses on the study of consciousness and the experiences we live. Trying to understand the world as it is interpreted by human consciousness.


Patients of EPP are encouraged to accept the responsibility for their perceptions and actions. They are responsible for finding meaning and living it out.

What We Treat

If you are struggling with your mental health, substance abuse, or both, we are here to help you regain control over your life. Our inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization programs are designed to treat a wide variety of mental, behavioral, and co-occurring disorders in a comfortable setting.

Mental Health

We diagnose and treat a wide variety of mental health disorders, including trauma effects, dual diagnosis, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and codependency.


Substance use disorders we treat include addiction to alcohol, opiates, fentanyl and prescription opioids, methamphetamine and other stimulants, benzodiazepines, cannabis, and other psychoactive substances.

Other Behavioral Health Concerns

A mental health crisis can be layered and confusing. If you don’t see your disorder listed—or don’t know exactly why you are struggling—reach out to us to see how we can help. We treat each client at Sequoia on a personal level, and we’re ready to help you overcome whatever you may be facing.

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Our experienced, compassionate team is here for you. Reach out to us today by calling us or scheduling a conversation at a time that works for you. All information will be kept private and confidential.

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