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What is Logotherapy?

Dr. Ann V. Graber

by Ann V. Graber, D.Min., Ph.D., D.D.


Logotherapy was developed by the Viennese psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, MD, PhD. Logotherapy goes beyond other psychologies and psychotherapies by including the noetic, a uniquely human dimension of the spirit, the core of personality, in its treatment approach.

Dr. Frankl’s theory initially was introduced to the world through the publication of his best-selling book, Man’s Search for Meaning, and subsequently followed by 32 other published works, numerous lectures and presentations worldwide, before his death in 1997.

Basic Assumptions of Logotherapy:

  • Honors the spiritual core of each individual as both sacred and unique.
  • Believes in the courageous ability of the human spirit to overcome traumatic events.
  • Values creative choices, not a restrictive helplessness.
  • Understands the integral relationship between choice and responsibility.
  • Acknowledges the inherent right of each person to self-definition and authenticity.
  • Focuses on each person’s strengths and encourages expansion of these into yet to be developed areas of growth.
  • Fosters the vision of a successful life – a life that is motivating by MEANINGS to fulfill.

Recognizing Logotherapy’s psycho-spiritual approach in therapy and its potential in pastoral care and counseling, the Graduate Theological Foundation initiated the Graduate Center for Pastoral Logotherapy where students can earn D.Min., Psy.D., and Ph.D. degrees in Pastoral Logotherapy.

About Dr. Graber

Dr. Ann V. Graber is Fellow, Professor of Pastoral Logotherapy, and Director of the Graduate Center for Pastoral Logotherapy at the Graduate Theological Foundation.   The Graduate Center is an accredited Member of the International Association of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis at the Viktor Frankl Institute Vienna.