EHI Certificate in the Foundations of Existential-Humanistic Practice

Director of Certificate Programs: Orah T. Krug, Ph.D.

The Existential-Humanistic Institute is pleased to announce a new and unprecedented certificate program leading to a Certificate in the Foundations of Existential-Humanistic Practice.


Leading therapy researcher Bruce Wampold suggests that "an understanding of the principles of existential therapy is needed by all therapists, as it adds a perspective that might ... form the basis for all effective treatments" (Wampold cited in PsycCritiques, February 6, 2008, p.6).

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Wampold’s findings along with others place E-H therapy not on the fringe but squarely at the center of psychological theory and practice as the field formulates new assumptions about what constitutes the core of practice. The intention of the certificate program coursework is to provide students with such a foundational core by integrating both theory and practice into each course.

The theoretical part focuses on existential-humanistic therapy in general and on three of its founders, Rollo May, James Bugental, and Irvin Yalom, in particular. An overarching assumption of existential-humanistic therapy is that it is the client’s in the moment experiencing that forms both the underlying and actual process in therapy. This assumption anchors the existential therapist in the principles of practice that focus on experience over explanation and process over content.

Thus the skill-development part focuses on learning to: (a) identify meaning-making processes unfolding in the present moment, (b) illuminate these “actual but often unrecognized” processes by cultivating intrapsychic and interpersonal presence, (c) develop a safe and intimate therapeutic relationship, (d) recognize and work with existential life issues which may be present but disguised, and (e) recognize and work with transference and counter transference issues within an existential framework.

By gaining competency in these fundamental principles, the student will have a solid core of practice and have a foundation from which additional modalities such as a cognitive-behavioral approach can be employed. The program is intended as a mentoring experience that emphasizes the development of the trainee as a whole person, appreciating that psychotherapy is an art as much as a science.

Program Description and Certificate Requirements

Approximate Length: One Year, 60-72 Hours of Experiential Training
Three Courses-A Practicum-An Experiential Evaluation-A Year of Personal Therapy

  1. The Theory and Practice of Existential-Humanistic Therapy
  2. This course can be taken at EHI, with one of the EHI faculty. In addition to the theoretical overview of E-H Therapy, the EHI course includes 12 hours of experiential training offered at the annual EHI November Conference. EHI will also accept any graduate level course in existential therapy, from any recognized school. Saybrook University offers such a course on-line (sign up as a non-mat student for Existential Psychotherapies, HTP 2040, with Orah Krug or Kirk Schneider).

  3. Existential-Humanistic Therapy: Experiential I
  4. Existential-Humanistic Therapy: Experiential II
  5. These two four-day courses will offer 48 hours of skill development training. Experiential I is held in the Fall (October) and Experiential II is offered the following Spring in March. Schneider and Krug’s APA textbook, Existential-Humanistic Therapy, will be a core resource. Additional readings of Rollo May, James Bugental and Irvin Yalom will be included.

  6. A Practicum and An Experiential Evaluation
  7. Forty-hours of experiential practice, designed by the student, including 10 hours of skill development consultation with EHI faculty is also required plus a culminating experiential competency review by EHI faculty.

  8. A year of personal therapy is strongly recommended, taken either before or during the yearlong program.


The certificate program is open to full or half time students in a masters or doctoral psychology program, or to licensed professionals who seek to enhance their clinical skills. It is also open to persons who currently hold at least a masters degree in counseling or psychotherapy. (CE credits will be available).

Application, Registration and Fees

We hope the following information will guide you through the application process. If you have further questions or need additional assistance, please email our Certificate Program administrator: Lisa Vallejos admin[at]

How do I apply to the program?


2. FILL out the application. You can fill it out electronically. This fillable pdf is optimized for Adobe Reader where you can save your progress and save a filled out copy for your records.

3. EMAIL the application as an attachment to Lisa Vallejos: admin[at]


What is the deadline for applying?

Applications will be accepted year-round. Apply as soon as possible to secure a position in the program.

What happens after I apply?

Once received, your application and paperwork will be reviewed by faculty members and responded to within a 2-week period. If accepted, a letter of acceptance will be sent to you.

Registration process:

Once accepted by EHI you will be registered for the required courses as soon as we receive your deposit of $400 and a completed payment agreement form.

Cost of Program:

The program base cost is $2000 (60 hours of experiential training that includes E-H Therapy: Experiential I & II, the practicum and experiential evaluation). If the Theory and Practice of Existential-Humanistic Therapy course is also taken at EHI, then the total cost is $2800 (that includes 12-hours of additional training at our November conference). This 12-hour training at our November conference is optional for students not taking the E-H Therapy course at EHI, but we encourage those students to take it at a nominal fee.

Please note: coursework and cost may be subject to change. Fees and tuition are non-refundable.

Tuition discounts and payment plans are available:

A 10% early bird discount is available to students if full payment of tuition minus the $400 deposit is received prior to the start of the program.

A 5% discount is available if 2/3 of the tuition minus the $400 deposit is received prior to the start of the program.

A 12-month payment plan is also available.

Contact Us

We are here to answer any questions you have about the program or the application process:

Orah T. Krug, PhD
Certificate Program Director
Training Director of EHI
Saybrook Faculty

Lisa Vallejos, MA
EHI Certificate Program Administrator