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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Recommended Online Webinar w/ Bob Edelstein of EHNW

EHNW is hosting a free webinar: An Existential Crisis: Hope and Fear in Uncertain Times
Saturday, April 25, 2020 11 AM – 1 PM  

Please note: Due to confidentiality of participants responses this webinar will not be recorded for later viewing.

We are all in uncharted territory as we face the pandemic and its consequences. None of us have ever confronted anything like this before. 

Many of our existential themes are moving to the forefront such as: 
  • We are all inter-connected and we are all alone
  • We are facing our mortality and that can help us choose the life we want to live
  • We search for answers within the reality that there is always uncertainty

This salon is open to anyone who wants to discuss their hopes and fears as we respond to the pandemic. 

Everyone is welcome to share or just listen. 

Bob Edelstein, LMFT, will be the facilitator.  Kirk Schneider will also join for part of the webinar to share his thoughts and feelings about CoVID-19 in relationship to the EH perspective. 

We invite you to join us in this conversation. 

This webinar is free. To participate and get the webinar log-in info, you need to register for the salon at

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Recommended Online Webinar w/ Dr Alfried Längle

Online Webinar: Existential Challenges During a Pandemic
April 19 & 26, 2020 

Led by Dr. Alfried Längle, MD, PhD, Dr. h.c.mult 
Hosted by MindBodyPassport
4 Continuing Education Credits 

How to Cope and Make Meaning During Quarantine 

 How do we find meaning during a time of isolation: loss of freedom, loss of routines, and loss of physical interactions? Many of us are experiencing newfound feelings of despair, meaninglessness, and loneliness. 

 Join Dr. Alfried Längle for a discussion on managing negative emotions. Learn how to turn the time of quarantine into a time of personal growth using the four tenets of existential theory. Existential analysis and logotherapy can help us to better understand why we can experience psychic pain during isolation, economic instability, and widespread disease. Not only can we gain an understanding of our emotions, but we can confront and turn around these challenges. 

 Without our jobs, loved ones, and routines, how do we construct identity? Many of us feel we are losing our sense of self during this trying time. 

 Existential analysis focuses on four tenets: 
 1- We are motivated by the fundamental question of existing in the world - I exist, but can I exist as a whole person? Do I have the necessary space, protection and support? 
 2- We are motivated by the fundamental question of life - I am alive but do I like this? Do I experience fulfillment, affection and appreciation of values? 
 3- We are motivated by the fundamental question of self - I am myself, but do I feel free to be myself? Do I experience attention, justice and appreciation? 
 4- We are motivated by the question of existential meaning - I am here, but for what purpose? What is here today to make my life a meaningful whole? What do I live for? 

 Learn how to apply practical therapeutic exercises to our current lives based on the four tenets of existential theory.

Register through the MindBodyPassport website here.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Recommended Video: Existentialism at a time of COVID-19

This is a grim time--and certainly an existentially challenging time. It is also a time when we rightly turn to our medical caregivers for life-changing interventions and support. We look to our political leaders, at least the ones we can trust, to turn the gears of government in a healing direction. But far too often we forget to turn to artistic and philosophical sources that provide existential sustenance at a time when psychospiritual "remedies" are spare and the sense of helplessness abounds. I'm speaking of "specialists" in the art of "response-ability" in the face of grave perils, such as Viktor Frankl in "Man's Search for Meaning," Albert Camus in "The Plague," and Rollo May in "Freedom and Destiny." In this interview with Broadcast Journalist Isabella Clarke, we have an intimate discussion about the latter purviews as well as the role of existential-humanistic and existential-integrative approaches to our trying times." ~ Dr. Kirk Schneider

#688 Video: Existential-Humanistic Psychologist Dr. Kirk Schneider reflects on the pandemic

This interview was conducted by U.K. Broadcast journalist and Shrink Rap Radio blogger, Isabella Clarke on March 29, 2020.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Serge Prengel of Relational Implicit Interviewed Dr Kirk Schneider and it got interesting!!

A Recommended Video

Dr Kirk Schneider's interview with Serge Prengel, LMHC of the blog and podcast, Relational Implicit becomes an experiential exploration of polarization!

Kirk and Serge sat together recently for an interview on the polarized mind that started as a straight interview and as Dr Schneider describes it “gradually shifted to an exploration of the somatic dimensions evoked by our discussion. This organically turned into a kind of depth/process take on polarization that in my and Serge’s view may have notable implications for a deeper, experiential dialogue for those prepared to take the journey.”

Watch the original “interview” video here on the Relational Implicit website! 

Note: there is a podcast available of this meeting too!

Friday, January 17, 2020

Existential Therapy Featured in the Media in 2019

2019 was an active year for Existential-Humanistic therapy in the US and internationally. Here are some news articles, audio and video pieces on E-H therapy that were in the media in the past year. This list is from our recent newsletter.

E-H Therapy in the News in 2019

What it's Like to Visit an Existential TherapistThe Atlantic, January 17, 2019
Faith Hill

Today's Biggest Threat: The Polarized MindScientific American, April 16, 2019
Kirk J. Schneider and Sayyed Mohsen Fatemi

Absorbed by Awe” -Dr Kirk Schneider [Audio]
Insightful interview on life, politics, and therapeutic practice.
SoulSpace Podcast, May 19, 2019
Adrian Choo and Thal Mohammed

Silicon Valley Goes to TherapyNew York Times, September 20, 2019
Nellie Bowles

Kirk Schneider: Mental Health in the Digital Age [VIDEO]
An interview with CGTN's Rachelle Akuffo for China Global TV Network America on existential therapy in the tech age.
CGTV NewsToday, October 10, 2019
Rachelle Akuffo

The Awe of Being AliveAeon, November 12, 2019
Kirk J. Schneider

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Integrating the Self Workshop: Early Bird Registration Open

Early Bird Registration!
Join us Feb 29th for a Winter Workshop

The Existential-Humanistic Institute Presents:
Integrating the Self:

The Power of Presence and Community in Cultivating Self-compassion

A Day-Long Workshop Developed & Facilitated by:
Galia Schecter, PhD
Date: Saturday, Feb 29th, 2020
Time: 9:15 - 4:45; check-in at 9am; lunch 12:15 - 1:45pm (Sponsorship pending 6 CE* hours)
Location: Heart Source, Berkeley, CA
Cost: $150.00 Early-bird/$175.00 after CE Sponsorship Announced;
Student and/or Elder: $130.00 Early-bird/$155.00 after CE Sponsorship Announced
Please reach out to Michelle to receive a personal email when CE Sponsorship is secured:
A couple of scholarship tickets are available! Please reach out to Michelle for details:

Limited Spaces Available. Lunch not included.
Ticket Refund Policy: Full refund minus a $15 admin fee if withdrawn by January 29th; a 50% refund if withdrawn by Feb 15th. No refund available after Feb 15th, 2020.
Continuing Education*: Continuing Education sponsorship pending from Society of Humanistic Psychology of APA. This course will award 6 CE credit hours. CE fee will be separate. Attendees who would like request CE credit will be contacted with Course info and cost prior to workshop.
Register Early and Save $25
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Therapeutic Professionals Invited!

We invite you to join us as Dr Schechter works with us in exploring ways to guide clients in accepting and integrating the self toward congruence and wholeness! This workshop is intended to engage and enrich the work of therapeutic professionals.

Save the date to join Galia and EHI for this day of dynamic engagement. 
In this workshop, inspired by and based mainly on Process Experiential, Phenomenology, Humanistic-Existential, and Mindfulness-based traditions, participants will learn how to help clients move from self-shaming and self-alienating states to states of self- and other-compassion. Tapping also into Gestalt, Family Systems, Emotion-Focused and mind-body inquiry practices we will utilize individual and group based psychological inquiry practices, therapeutic explorations, mindfulness practices, reflections and discussions, to explore the following themes:
  • Principles of conscious healing, including families of mindfulness practices;
  • Neo-Humanistic existential frameworks for understanding the ways we internalize a sense of the deficient self and contract against parts of the self, including brief discussion of Internal Family Systems (IFS), Process-Experiential Emotion Focused and Buddhist psychological frameworks;
  • Explore and identify our own living processes of contraction and rejection of parts of self;
  • Explore and identify living processes for making contact with our own deep basic goodness and capacity to accept and integrate self toward congruence and wholeness;
  • Explore and identify collective resonance around basic vulnerability and basic existential longings at the heart of our contracted and transforming self.

More Workshop Info

Accessibility: It is the policy of EHI to make every reasonable effort to provide qualified attendees with disabilities with the opportunity to take full advantage of its programs and events. Contact us to discuss learning arrangements with our team. Email Michelle and Troy at or call Michelle at 415-689-1475.
Break: 12:15pm - 1:45pm. Lunch is not included.

*Continuing Education Information

EHI is applying for continuing education sponsorship for this course from Society of Humanistic Psychology (SHP), APA DIV32.

APA Division 32, Society for Humanistic Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. APA Division 32, Society for Humanistic Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


The presenter for this workshop has declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the authorship and/or delivery of this workshop session.

Our Presenter: Galia Schechter, PsyD

Dr. Schecter is a licensed clinical psychologist and Buddhist practitioner. She has extensive training and experience in multiple mind-body modalities. Along with having been in private practice for 10 years, she has worked as a clinical director, a clinical supervisor a clinical trainer, and an organizational consultant.
Prior to getting her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Wright Institute and becoming a licensed psychologist, she received an MBA from Georgetown University and worked for organizations in the U.S. and abroad in governance, human rights and international development.

Our Co-Host: Heart Source

Heart Source is located in the heart of delightful Gourmet Ghetto neighborhood, at Cedar and Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley, California and is committed to love through truth, clarity, and community. Heart Source is surrounded by lots of great restaurants, cafes, shops, and quaint residential areas, and just a 10 minute walk from the Downtown Berkeley BART station or a 15 minute drive from the Bay Bridge/ 20 mins from the San Rafael – Richmond Bridge.

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