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Introduction to Existential Psychotherapy: theory and practice


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This 20-hour course, Introduction to Existential Psychotherapy: Theory and Practice, introduces you to a philosophical approach that invites clients to confront the dilemmas of human existence, in order to live a more meaningful and fulfilling life.

We will consider and explore the questions posed by key existential thinkers, including:

  • How can we live authentically?
  • What is the relationship between personal and collective responsibility?
  • How do we cultivate a meaningful life?

We will locate existential psychotherapy within both historical and contemporary contexts, assessing both its convergence with and critique of the behavioural and psychoanalytic approaches to which it has responded. Topics covered include:

  • the history of existentialist thinking
  • self and society
  • embodiment
  • psychiatry and anti-psychiatry
  • intersubjectivity
  • Zen and contemporary mindfulness
  • contemporary approaches to existential psychotherapy.

This course will be both theoretical and experiential. It will consist of lectures, group discussions and reflective practices.

This course is non-credit bearing, so carries no credit points.

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.