Existential Therapy in Bend, Oregon

My name is Sean Downes and I am a Licensed Psychotherapist in downtown Bend, Oregon offering Existential Therapy to patients who are looking to create more meaning in their life that is in alignment with their core values.

As an integrative therapist with a focus on EMDR, I’ve seen first hand the potential for clients to experience a brand new outlook on life. An increase in self-confidence, self-awareness, happiness and joy. 

I am also a Certified Yoga Teacher which enables me to offer a unique and integrative approach that combines talk therapy, mindfulness and mind-body awareness, helping each individual balance their own core energy with their unique brain chemistry.

Psychotherapy Fees:

Self-pay or out of pocket rates are $175 per 53 minute session.

Insurance Accepted:

I currently accept PacificSource Commercial, First Choice, MODA, PacificSource Community Solutions, OHP and Medicare. I also do provide Out of Network Billing for other insurance companies.  If you are using your insurance benefits, please take the time to understand the nuances of your insurance plan (copays, deductibles, HSA, etc.) on the front end of your psychotherapy treatment.

What is existential therapy?

In its simplest terms, existential therapy is based on the idea that you create meaning in your own life through the choices you make. The focus is very much inward, helping you understand what you value most, and how to live in a way that is aligned with your values.

Existential therapy is not for everyone at every stage of life. Other therapies may be more helpful in overcoming specific psychological problems. But this approach can be very effective in helping relieve certain kinds of fear, dread or anxiety you may experience when dealing with what it means to be human.


How does existential therapy work?

Traditionally, existential therapy addresses four universal realities
of existence:

  • Freedom and responsibility: It’s up to you to find meaning in life, and you are free to do that in any way you choose—but that freedom can feel like a heavy burden.
  • Isolation: Having to find your own way in life means having to stand apart from others.
  • Death: Accepting its inevitability allows you to fully engage with being alive today.
  • Meaninglessness: It can be distressing to realize the universe isn’t lighting the way for you.

With existential therapy we may spend some time looking at choices you’ve made in the past and how they brought you to where you are
today. But our real focus is on how you can choose to live more authentically now and in the future.


Existential therapy is just one of many forms of therapy we can draw on to create a treatment plan suited to your unique needs. Others are EMDR Therapy, CBT Therapy and DBT Therapy.

To learn more, contact Bend Therapist Sean Downes

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