ABOUT EHI

Welcome to the Existential-Humanistic Institute (EHI). The institute's primary focus is training; offering courses in existential-humanistic therapy and theory. In 1997 EHI was formed as a program under the auspices of the Pacific Institute, a non-profit organization in San Francisco and in 2019 continues to offer educational programs and training, workshops and consult groups and community gatherings in the Bay Area as a California Benefit Corp.

EHI provides a forum, a "home", for those mental health professionals, scholars, and students who seek in-depth training in existential-humanistic philosophy, practice, and inquiry. EHI is for trainees who believe that in optimal psychotherapy, as Rollo May said, it is not this or that symptom, but "the life of the client" that is "at stake" - and that it is precisely this life that must be supported, accompanied, and encountered.Rollo May

EHI offers courses on the principles of existential-humanistic practice and case seminars in existential-humanistic theory and practice. Most of EHI's instructors have trained extensively with such masters as James Bugental, Irvin Yalom and Rollo May, and are among the most highly trained existential-humanistic practitioners in the country.

Themes covered in EHI classes include: existential-humanistic philosophy and practice, the inner search process, subjectivity and encounter, the responsibility of the therapist. These courses explain existential-humanistic conceptions of resistance, meaning and alignment, existential spirituality, and integrative existential practice.

The goal of the institute - via both its curriculum and newsletters - is to support existentially and humanistically informed psychologies and psychotherapies throughout the world. By "existentially informed" we mean perspectives that stress freedom, experiential reflection, and responsibility. By "humanistically informed" we mean purviews that address two overarching questions - What does it mean to be fully, experientially human, and how does that understanding illuminate the vital or fulfilled life?

 

The EHI Training in Existential-Humanistic Therapy

 

EHI offers four experientially-focused training and certificate programs for licensed clinicians and graduate students in psychology or counseling programs.

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EHI is Honored to Receive DIV32 Award with Dr. Nader Shabahangi

Meet the EHI Faculty!

EHI Faculty: Troy Piwowarski, Sonja Saltman, Nader Shabahangi, Doug Silberstein, and Kirk Schneider (from left to right).

EHI RECEIVES CHARLOTTE AND KARL BÜHLER AWARD AT APA CONFERENCE

EHI is honored be co-recipient, with EHI's Dr. Nader Shabahangi, of the The Charlotte and Karl Bühler Award. This award is given by Division 32 of the APA to an institution, and an individual associated with an institution, that has made an outstanding and lasting contribution to humanistic psychology.