Journal of Traumatic Stress

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 485–490 | Cite as

Using Frankl's concepts with PTSD clients

  • Jim Lantz


Viktor Frankl was one of the first mental health professionals who worked with and wrote about victims of trauma and terror. His existential treatment approach with Nazi death camp survivors has considerable value and usefulness with other kinds of PTSD clients. In Franklian psychotherapy, the PTSD client is helped to remember the details of their trauma experiences to identify meaning opportunities embedded in memories of trauma and terror and to make use of such meaning opportunities for self-transcendent giving to the world.

Key words

existential vacuum meaning unconscious self-transcendence meaning awareness meaning opportunities 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jim Lantz
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Social WorkThe Ohio State UniversityColumbus
  2. 2.the Worthington Logotherapy CenterWorthington

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