EXISTENTIAL-HUMANISTIC PSYCHOTHERAPY - Specializing in Adult Addictive Disorders
Dr. Youdin practices existential-humanistic therapy. This theory focuses on one's life experience coupled with one or more themes, be it a struggle with happiness vs. unhappiness, interpersonal relationships, life vs. death, sexual expression vs. asexuality, or any other life dilemma. This type of therapy focuses on a person's issues and conflicts that are derived from interpersonal experiences in his or her environment, the interpretation a person makes of these experiences, and a person's ability to foresee a future. Dr. Youdin envisions a person's ability to shape his or her life as a balancing between one's choices and intentions with one's heredity and environment.
Dr. Youdin views the people he works with from a strengths perspective. Rather than seeing a person as pathological or sick, he views symptoms as a sign of weakened resiliency to the psychosocial forces of one's life experiences. When these forces overwhelm a person's resiliency, he or she loses a purpose to move forward with his or her life. Without a purpose, a situation of being stuck occurs which creates an existential vacuum. Finding oneself in an existential vacuum, a person will use a purpose substitute in lieu of purpose, or positive forward movement with his or her life. An existential vacuum is considered to be a symptom of the failure of resilience to bio-psycho-social stressors affecting a person rather than psychopathology emanating from a disease process within the brain. There are five types of purpose substitutions: addictive, social, morally good, social status seeking, and unfulfilling engagement. READ MORE .......
Dr. Youdin provides training workshops to mental health agencies and clinics throughout the United States and Europe.
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