Applied Existential Psychotherapy



Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP) was founded by Betty Cannon over 23 years ago as an experiential psychodynamic approach which uses the present moment as a jumping off point to explore areas in the client's life.  AEP is used to help clients process many difficulties that limit the individual's potential for true happiness. Often these difficulties take the form of family of origin issues, romantic relationship difficulties, work problems, low self-esteem, and depression/anxiety.  An AEP session often begins with exploring the clients current issue through talking and teasing apart the fundamental elements. Next the client and therapist agree on an experiment to bring the conflict or issue into the present moment.  Followed by deepening into the current predicament to uncover any unmet need or to discover what the client truly wants, yet may have been unaware of.  The final step is integration of awareness or insight, gained through the working, into the clients daily life. 

AEP is a modality that draws upon the vast history and knowledge gained through the history of psychotherapy. Betty Cannon was influenced by Viktor Frankl, Carl Rogers, Hazel E. Barnes, and Peter Levine among others. This multi-faceted modality is a great addition to the history of psychotherapy and will continue to touch the lives of many to come.  

Check out this video from Betty Cannon, founder of Applied Existential Psychotherapy