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Rising from the Existential Crisis

05 March 2022 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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This webinar will outline some of the philosophical, social and psychological difficulties that have arisen from recent events, including the coronavirus outbreak.

Emmy van Deurzen will discuss issues that are pertinent to consider in therapy.

An existential crisis is a situation in which our entire existence and everything we used to take for granted is in the balance, so that we feel insecure and threatened.  

This affects all dimensions of life, at the physical, social, personal and spiritual levels.  

It means that our bodies are challenged, our relationships are changed, our sense of our self is altered, and our beliefs and values are shaken up.  

For most people this is a very difficult experience to encompass as it leads to a total revolution of our established patterns, routines and habits.

It always involves a lot of loss and therefore leads to feelings of bereavement and sorrow as well as to experiences of confusion, fear, anger, doubt and panic.  

In this presentation we shall consider how existential philosophers and therapists are able to make sense of such situations, be they caused by politics, society, personal choices or natural catastrophes.  

We shall explore the relationship between the shattering of our most reliable connections to the world and the loss of meaning.  

Then we shall consider how we can rise to such limit situations and personal challenges, finding ways to thrive instead of being destroyed by radical change, transforming and transcending our previous existence.

Ultimately this will be about finding our existential courage. 

09:00 - 09:10 Welcome
09:10 - 10:30

Rising from the Existential Crisis

Emmy van Deurzen

10:30 - 10:40 Break

10:40 - 12:00

Rising from the Existential Crisis

Emmy van Deurzen

12:00 - 12:30 Q&A


Emmy van Deurzen

Emmy is a philosopher, counselling psychologist and existential therapist, who has worked with people on transformative life events for 48 years.  She has just published her eighteenth book, entitled Rising from Existential Crisis: Life Beyond Calamity with PCCS books. 

She is Principal of the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling at the Existential Academy in London. 

Books that are relevant to this session: 

Deurzen, E. van with Craig, E., Schneider K. Längle, A., Tantam, D. and du Plock, S. (2019) Wiley World Handbook for Existential Therapy, London: Wiley. 

Deurzen, E. van and Arnold-Baker, C (2018) Existential Therapy: Distinctive Features, London: Routledge. 

Deurzen, E. van and Adams, M.  (2016) Skills in Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy, second edition, London: Sage. [2011]

Deurzen, E. van (2015) Paradox and Passion in Psychotherapy, second edition, London: Wiley [1998]

Deurzen, E. van and Iacovou, S. (2013) Existential Perspectives on Relationship Therapy, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Deurzen, E. van (2012) Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy in Practice, third edition, London: Sage [1988]

Deurzen, E. van and Hanaway, M. (2012) Existential Perspectives on Coaching, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Deurzen, E. van (2010) Everyday Mysteries: A Handbook of Existential Psychotherapy, second edition, London: Routledge. [1997]

Deurzen, E. van (2009) Psychotherapy and the Quest for Happiness, London: Sage. 

Deurzen, E. van and Arnold-Baker, C. (2005) Existential Perspectives on Human Issues, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Registration is available online only.

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Non-Member £60.00

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