Freedom to Discover Yourself

As you learn how you relate to yourself, others and the world

When we experience life events such as

  • Caregiving
  • Death and dying
  • Family-related issues
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Life transitions (entering college, starting/switching careers, getting married, retirement etc)
  • Mid/quarter-life crisis
  • Migration or moving homes
  • Parenting (new parents, parents with special needs, parents losing a child)
  • Relationship difficulties

All these situations may cause you to experience uncertainty, anxiety and depression. These can undermine our ability to reach our fullest potential or result in a loss of meaning in life. At Encompassing, we focus on supporting you through mental health issues that may arise during life events and transitions. This is so that you can get the most out of life.

What is the Existential Approach?

The existential approach to psychotherapy and counselling is what makes therapy at Encompassing different: It’s about the freedom to discover yourself.

Arrive at your own insights

The therapist is merely a facilitator—a guide who shines a torch on the blind spots (or what others might call the “unconsciousness”) in your life. Our journey is not dogmatic nor prescriptive, and you will learn to make choices that are true to yourself.

Develop the courage to make difficult decisions

Life is always changing (relationship loss, switching careers, entering the workforce, settling into university, coping with a death, mid/quarter-life crisis, etc.). We will explore your best options during the transitions and equip you to choose well.

Gain a bigger worldview

We will work with paradoxes, polarities and tensions in your personal, social and spiritual lives. More choices and positions, which you weren’t aware of, will surface. We will clear the confusion, stick with your truth and expand your worldview.

Go beyond the labels

Many of our sufferings and issues are a result of difficulties in living rather than a diagnosed neurological problem. Encompassing believes that nobody should dictate how you should live because of your diagnosis, weaknesses, disposition, imperfection or personality.

Become the expert of your life

We will explore how to get more comfortable living with the anxieties and uncertainties in life. You will understand that uncomfortable feelings are part of the human condition. You can achieve personal autonomy, authenticity and the freedom to decide what is best for yourself and with others.

Understanding Existential Therapy

Ever heard people mentioning that they are in an “existential crisis”? What exactly do they mean? An existential crisis is the experience of facing life’s big questions, such as, “What is my meaning or purpose in life?” These questions can be triggered by relationship losses, death of a loved one, quarter- or mid-life crises, life transitions or feeling stuck in life.

The existential approach prioritises personal autonomy. This means that we will work towards achieving your freedom to make your own choices and decisions. It’s not always easy: taking responsibility, facing difficulties and making changes are all very daunting. We sometimes prefer to cling on to the beliefs, assumptions and behaviours that are so often the cause of our unhappiness—rather than face the challenges that change can bring.

No man is an island. We are constantly in contact with people at work, our families, friends and our communities. This can be a big source of stress for many. Indeed, problems like depression, anxiety, panic attacks and social phobias have their origin in difficulties in our relationships. A key approach in my practice is to help people be their authentic selves when they are with others, in society and even within the broader culture.

Coming to counselling will allow you to better understand your own dynamics with others, thereby gaining more clarity of the source of your specific issues you bring into session.

At Encompassing, we believe that the authentic self is a space where we are able to be true to ourselves even as we continue to build meaningful relationships with others. Authenticity is the ability to exercise our agency in the world yet feel a sense of belonging in our communities at the same time.