If you have submitted a proposal, please be assured that it is getting careful consideration from the Scientific Committee.  Because of the unexpectedly large number of submissions, this is taking longer than we had expected.  Our apologies for that: we expect to let you know, and publish a full programme on this page, by 19th. January.

Keynote Speakers and Invited Speakers

Opening Ceremony: Dr. Irvin Yalom

At the opening ceremony of the Congress Dr. Irv Yalom will be present via live satellite link, to be interviewed and respond to questions.

September 2012 Irv-37Irvin Yalom MD is probably the world’s most well-known living existential therapist, thanks to his existentially orientated novels.  He is an emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University where he has been on the faculty of psychiatry since 1963. More about presenters



KEYNOTE DAY 1 Prof. Emmy van Deurzen

Emmy van Deurzen photoEmmy van Deurzen PhD is a philosopher, existential psychotherapist and counselling psychologist, who has published fourteen books on existential therapy, which have been translated into a wide range of languages.  She founded both the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling at Regent’s and the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, both in London and she continues to be Principal of NSPC today More about presenters

KEYNOTE DAY 2 Dr. Kirk Schneider

Kirk Schneider photoKirk J. Schneider Ph.D., is a leading spokesperson for contemporary existential-humanistic psychology. Dr. Schneider is past editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology (2005-2012), vice-president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute (EHI), and adjunct faculty at Saybrook University, Teachers College, Columbia University, and the California Institute of Integral Studies.  More about presenters

KEYNOTE DAY 3 Prof. Alfried Längle

Alfried Langle photoAlfried Längle M.D., Ph.D. (psychology) is founder and president of the International Society for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis (Vienna), scholar and former collaborator of Viktor E. Frankl. He is professor of psychotherapy at the Moscow’s HSE-university and Vienna’s Sigmund Freud University, as well as extraordinary professor at the psychological faculty of the Univ. of Klagenfurt, Austria  More about presenters

Invited Speakers Day One:  Trauma, crisis, and uncertainty

Alice HAlice Holzey-Kunz photoolzhey-Kunz Ph.D., is a philosopher and Daseinsanalyst. Alice Holzhey-Kunz developed Daseinsanalysis by introducing a hermeneutic theory of psychic suffering. She is president of the Society for Hermeneutic Anthropology and Daseinsanalysis and co-founder and co-president of the Daseinsanalytic Seminar in Zurich, Switzerland  More about presenters

Robert D.Robert Stolorow photo Stolorow Ph.D., Ph.D. is a Founding Faculty Member at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles, and at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, New York City  More about presenters


Mick CoopMick Cooper pasteer Ph.D is a Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton, London; and a practising counselling psychologist and existential psychotherapist.  Mick is author and editor of a wide range of texts on existential, person-centred, and relational approaches to therapy  More about presenters

Evgenia Georganda photoEvgenia T. Georganda DPsych holds a Masters degree in Counselling from Tufts University and a Doctorate in Psychology from Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Her primary orientation is Humanistic-Existential and is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and of Division 32  More about presenters

Invited Speakers Day Two: Cultural, Political and Spiritual Challenges.

RimantaRimantas Kociunas photos Kočiūnas is an existential therapist and Professor of Clinical Psychology at Vilnius University, Lithuania. Rimantas is co-founder and director of the Institute of Humanistic and Existential Psychology in Birštonas (Lithuania) offering training in existential therapy  More about presenters

Susanna Signorelli photoSusanna Signorelli was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a psychologist graduated from the Universidad de Buenos Aires.  Early in her career she felt that existential phenomenology answered her way of looking at the world, and together with Pablo Rispo developed her profession  More about presenters

Wang XXuefu Wang photouefu PhD, obtained his degrees in the fields of theology, literature, psychology and pastoral counseling. He is the founder as well as the executive director of Zhi Mian Institute for Psychotherapy in Nanjing, China. His past experience has been teaching at universities, seminaries, and psychological institutions  More about presenters

Louis Hoffman photoLouis Hoffman PhD, is an executive faculty member and director of the Existential, Humanistic, and Transpersonal Psychology Specialization at Saybrook University. A past president of the Society for Humanistic Psychology (Division 32 of the American Psychological Association), Dr. Hoffman has five books to his credit  More about presenters

Invited Speakers Day Three: Time, Death and Development through the Life Span

Betty CanBetty Cannon photonon, Ph.D, is the founder of Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP). AEP interlaces the insights of existential philosophy and contemporary psychoanalysis with interventions drawn from Gestalt therapy, body-oriented psychotherapy, and other experiential approaches. Betty is the author of numerous publications  More about presenters

Dmitry Leontiev photo

Dmitry Leontiev Ph.D., Dr. Sc., is Professor of psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State university and head of the research lab of positive psychology and quality of life studies at Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia. He is the founder and the head of Institute of Existential Psychology and Life Enhancement (EXPLIEN)  More about presenters

Erik Craig photoErik Craig PhD is a psychologist in private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico who has been teaching and practicing humanistic and existential psychotherapy for over 40 years, serving on the full-time graduate faculties at Assumption College, University of New Mexico, and Pacifica Graduate Institute  More about presenters

Digby Tantam photoDigby Tantam PhD FRCPsych FBPsS FBACP is a psychiatrist, psychologist and psychotherapist.  He is emeritus professor of psychotherapy at the University of Sheffield, an honorary visiting senior research fellow at the University of Cambridge in developmental psychiatry  More about presenters