In the thirties the internationally
renowned neurologist and psychiatrist Viktor E. Frankl
devised an independent humanistic psychotherapeutical
approach based on the psychoanalysis of Sigmund Freud
and the Adlerian individual psychology of Alfred Adler.
Logotherapy is a form of psychotherapy oriented towards
the search for meaning based on the fact that man is
oriented towards sense and values. Existential analysis
on which logotherapy is based regards man as mentally
free and responsible for his or her own life. Thus,
the decisive factor for personal contentment and well
being is the attitude towards events, resources and
burdens of life. Logotherapy helps the patient to recognize
mental freedom and resources, perceive concrete options
regarding the search for meaning under various circumstances
and thus achieve a new orientation. The objective is
to develop and facilitate a self-dependent, organized
and meaningful life.
Logotherapy is suitable in particular for the following
- Existential frustration, life crises
- Stagnation and discontent with the patient's own
- Relationship complications and disorders (e.g.
- Family problems (e.g. parent-child-relationship)
- Separations, losses, chronic illnesses
- Anxieties, episodes of depression, addiction
Logotherapy is not suitable for the sole treatment
of grave psychic disorders, e.g. psychoses. In cooperation
with the attending psychiatrist it can be applied in
support of and as a meaningful and instrumental complement
to conventional therapies.