The term 'experiential' describes a special way of uncovering behavioural and emotional patterns in the here and now. The emphasis is on the 'experience' rather than 'talking about'.
Experiential therapies include Gestalt, Psychodrama, Somatic therapies, and many other modalities. The purpose is to enact past and present emotional relational or intrapsychic difficulties.
In re-experiencing events and relationships the client is able to view their relationships from a different perspective. This aids the release of emotions that may have been blocked and repressed and has significant benefits. The goal of experiential therapies is to free a client from unresolved emotions.