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Schedule: 10am to 4.00pm (Registration and breakfast refreshments at 9.30am)

Included: Tea & Coffee, Buffet lunch, CPD Certificate (6 hours) and free Parking

These courses are popular, so to avoid disappointment please book early.

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Emmy van Deurzen – MPhil, MPsych, PhD, CPsychol, FBPsS, FBACP,

UKCPF, HCPC reg Existential psychotherapis, Counselling psychologist, Philosopher.  

MPhil, MPsych, PhD, CPsychol, FBPsS, FBACP, UKCPF, HCPC reg Existential psychotherapis, Counselling psychologist, Philosopher.

Emmy founded the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling at Regent’s University, the Society for Existential Analysis and the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, of which she continues to be Principal. She was the first chair of UKCP and has chaired and directed many other organizations and institutions. Her application of philosophical ideas to psychology, psychotherapy, counselling and coaching has been instrumental in establishing the existential paradigm firmly in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. She lectures worldwide and her many books have been translated into a dozen languages. Amongst her books are the bestseller Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling in Practice (3d edition 2012, Psychotherapy and the Quest for Happiness (Sage, 2009) and Everyday Mysteries (2nd edition Routledge, 2010).


Aim of the workshop: help you discover new depth and breadth in your life and in that of your clients and feel renewed in your sense of purpose.  Today, old values have been eroded, people need clarity and mindfulness in order to find the understanding and courage to face their lives. Therapists are uniquely positioned to help these issues without moralising, allowing clients to rediscover passion and full engagement in their lives.

Clients often need support and inspiration to help them emerge from the problems that darken their existence. Eventually an inner strength is needed so they can find their own way through their difficulties. Self-help books can be useful but they can be superficial and prescriptive, preventing your own ability to think for yourself.

What clients need and what we as therapists need to be able to draw on in our work is the courage to discover how life actually works and how we can get better at living it. We become more courageous and joyful as we challenge ourselves to investigate the contradictions, conflicts and dilemmas of human existence. As therapists we gain much strength and clarity from exploring the dark and light of the human condition.

There can be no real freedom until we begin to reflect on what keeps us alienated, caught in patterns, tied to old habits, routines and assumptions about how we should live. This workshop is an opportunity to explore the parameters and boundaries of your life and your therapeutic practice and learn something new about yourself and your mode of being.

Existential therapists address the taboo subject of the moral role of psychotherapists and counsellors. They do not shy away from asking searching questions about the meaning of life, seeking to define what a good life consists of and how therapists might help their clients to live well in relation to the paradoxes, conflicts and dilemmas of human existence. In this workshop we shall look at the foundations of existential practice, considering the four worlds model and the emotional compass.



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