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2021 Webinar Series: Depolarizing Our Minds, Our Hearts & Our Nation

We Invite You to Join Us!
Saturday, February 20th, 2021

Integrating the Self: Helping Clients Depolarize and Cultivate Self-compassion

Developed and Facilitated by EHI Affiliate Instructor: Galia Schechter, PsyD

Date: Saturday, 2/20/2021

Time: 10am-1pm Pacific Time; via Zoom

Cost: $35 General/Professional; $20 Student/Elder
* We understand that COVID-19 has created economic stress for many, so if you are experiencing economic hardship due to COVID-19, the requested fee for webinars in this series is $10 (though no one will be turned away due to lack of funds-please contact Michelle for assistance at

Series Discount Available: Attend a workshop in this series and we will send you a code for $7.50 off your next series workshop registration.

3 CE credits pending approval*.


Registration & Info


One of the greatest human paradoxes manifests in the way our deep longings for love, acceptance and belonging can actually lead us to suppress and contract against parts of our self that we feel might be "bad", "unwelcome" and "not O.K". And yet it is the process of self-judgment and contraction that unintentionally contribute to unnecessary human suffering in the forms of loneliness, existential emptiness and common alienation from self, others and even our planetary home.

Perhaps the greatest antidote and medicine to loneliness and alienation from self and others is the cultivation of deep experiences of self-compassion and awareness of common humanity. To authentically embody self-compassion is to awaken a direct knowing that our inner experiences, no matter how uncomfortable, scary, embarrassing or "dark", relate to and reveal fundamental universal longings for love, belonging and freedom.

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 polarized, self-shaming and self-alienating states to states of self- and other-compassion. The benefits of these shifts include the emergence or deepening of authenticity, vitality, empathy, generosity and intra-psychic integration. Tapping also into Gestalt, Family Systems, Emotion- Focused and mind-body inquiry practices we will 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
  • • How to identify and work with our own living processes of contraction and rejection of parts of self as a means to gain a deeper understanding of client processes
  • • How to identify and work with living processes for making contact with our own deep basic goodness and capacity to accept and integrate self toward congruence and wholeness
  • •Awareness of collective resonance around basic vulnerability and basic existential longings that are at the heart of contracted and transforming self

Our Presenter

Galia Schechter bio photo

Dr. Galia Schechter 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 11 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 Online Workshops Include Experiential Work!

This workshop will be both didactic and experiential utilizing Zoom Meeting and Zoom Breakout Rooms.

This event is designed for both the general public and for licensed or pre-licensed professionals in the therapeutic fields, as well as master's and graduate students in therapeutic programs. Psychologists, MFTs, social workers, counselors, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, doctors and interested persons are all encouraged to attend!

*Continuing Education Info

  • The Existential-Humanistic Institute (EHI) collaborates with the Society for Humanistic Psychology (Division 32 of the American Psychological Association) to provide APA Continuing Education credit at approved EHI events.

    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.
  • Accessibility: It is the policy of EHI to make every reasonable effort to provide attendees with disabilities with the opportunity to take full advantage of its programs. Please contact us ahead of time so we can work with you arrange programming to needs. Please contact our Admin, Michelle by email at or phone at 415.689.1475 to make arrangements.

Online Consultation Groups

For Clinicians (Interns/Pre-Licensed too)
Hosted by EHI Via Zoom

2 New E-H Consultation Groups!!

Groups Start Jan & March
EHI Instructors Leading

Group 1 4 Sessions (2.5 hours long) via Zoom
Fee: $400
Dates/Times: 1/22, 2/19, 3/19, 4/23; All 1:30pm-4:00pm Pacific
Leadership: Troy Piwowarski, PsyD & Roby Shamas, MFT

Group 2 5 Sessions (2 hours long via Zoom)
Dates/Times: Starting in March; Details TBA
Leadership: Sonja Saltman, MFT & Doug Silberstein, MFT

The Existential Humanistic Institute is offering existential-humanistic consultation groups for practicing therapists led by EHI instructors. Each group is limited to six or seven licensed professionals (or Masters/PhD students seeing clients). Consultation will focus on cases that illustrate the existential-humanistic orientation to therapeutic practice. This group is an opportunity to explore how therapeutic orientations are enhanced by incorporating existential and humanistic perspectives.

EHI Consult Groups are intended to give participants hands-on experiential opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of how to work with clients from an e-h perspective. Each group will be facilitated by an EHI faculty member who will serve as the group leader. Leaders will emphasize effective relational and experiential techniques that enable genuine encounters and real therapeutic change.

    In each group participants will be able to focus on:
  • Cultivating clients' personal and relational presence
  • Tracking and reflecting clients' process
  • Mirroring and resolving clients' problematic protective patterns.

  • By role-playing clients we will gain depth to our understanding of:
  • Their self and world constructs.
  • How their protective patterns may trigger the therapist.

ENROLL IN A GROUP: Please reach out to Michelle for more info regarding enrolling the upcoming Consultation Groups at program[@]

New Online Training Workshop!!
May 14 – 16, 2021

Core Skills in Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy*!!

Please Note: This is a 2-1/2 day mini-intensive, not the longer training,"E-H Therapy: Principles of Practice Experiential Training" offered in our Certificate program and historically held as a 6-day residential.

An Existential-Humanistic approach to psychotherapy can be a foundation for all therapists seeking to do deep and life-changing work with their clients. The E-H approach is based on core ways of being and working with clients that help facilitate greater awareness, greater sense of choice, increased agency and adaptiveness and a deeper connection to self and others – all in the service of healing and growing. There are core capacities and skills an E-H therapist uses to help clients effectively explore and work through their existential predicaments so they can more fully access what deeply matters to them.

In this 15-hour online training, leading instructors in the E-H field will provide theoretical explanation and experiential opportunities for the development and/or strengthening of skills and capacities that are not only core to the E-H approach but can also support therapists of many other modalities cultivate a foundation for optimizing their technical skills.

Topics covered include:

  • • The cultivation of presence as both the ground of therapy and one of its primary objectives
  • • The focus on the "living moment" in working with the "here-and-now" experience of clients – staying with what presents itself phenomenologically rather than employing theoretical interventions
  • • The differentiation between primary, direct experience and secondary, interpretive experience - and the emphasis on working with phenomenological experience
  • • The meaning-making process and the formation of the Self-and-World Construct – helping client and therapist understand identity construction and de-construction
  • • How to work with the client's ways of being in the world and how to utilize the therapist-client relationship to help shift unhelpful ways of being
  • • How to identify and work through clients' inner battles in order to support their longings to emerge, and feel more choice-ful and psychospiritually whole
  • • Integrating and embodying your theoretical beliefs and authentic sense of self in your work as a therapist

Who is This Training For?

This training is for licensed therapeutic professionals and those in Master's or Doctorate programs in related fields.

This training is ideal for those who have not yet had any intensive training in E-H therapy or for those who have and are seeking a refresher or reinforcement of what they've learned: this training works in and of itself but can also be a precursor to the longer residential training EHI holds or even a helpful follow-up to the residential training.

Core Skills Online Training in Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy!!
EHI Faculty Facilitating

Date: 2-1/2 Day Intensive Starts Friday, May 14th - Sunday, May 16th, 2021

Times: Friday: 12 to 3pm PDT; Saturday the 15th & 16th: 8am to 3pm PDT (w/ 1-hour lunch break).

Time Zone Info: Pacific Daylight Savings Time

Online: This is a Live Workshop via Zoom Meeting w/ Zoom Breakout Rooms

CE: CEs pending approval. CE Fee -TBA, Please contact us for more info regarding the course at


Register Today


Payment Information
The regular fee for this training is $659, but the following offers are available*:

  • The "Early early-bird" rate is $599 for those who register & pay in full by 1/20/21
  • The "Regular early-bird" rate is $629 for those who register & pay in full after 1/20/21 but by 3/01/21
  • *Elders (65 and older) and Student Tickets are $50 off of all of the above rates.

There will minimum deposit option to hold one's spot when registering if you would like the option to pay the balance by the due date.The remainder needs to be paid by the above dates in order to get the relevant early-bird discount and registrant will be responsible for meeting the deadline. For those registering after 3/01/21, full payment is due by 4/15/21, and any registrants after that need to pay the total fee at once in order to register.

Refund policy: You'll receive a full refund, minus $25, if you withdraw by 1/20/21; and a full refund, minus $75, if withdrawn after 1/20/21 but by 4/15/21 (30 days prior to workshop). There are no refunds after that.

CEs will be offered, pending sponsorship approval. Fee: TBA.

Our Online Workshops Include Experiential Work!

The upcoming workshop will be both didactic and experiential utilizing Zoom Meeting and Zoom Breakout Rooms.

This event is designed for both licensed/ pre-licensed professionals in the therapeutic fields and master's/graduate students in therapeutic programs.

Students, psychologists, MFTs, social workers, counselors, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and doctors are all encouraged to attend!

Continuing Education Information

  • 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.
  • Accessibility: It is the policy of EHI to make every reasonable effort to provide attendees with disabilities with the opportunity to take full advantage of its programs. Please contact us ahead of time so we can work with you arrange programming to needs. Please contact our Admin, Michelle by email at or by phone at 415.689.1475 to make arrangements.



Education and Training Programs

Contact Us & Apply Today to Join the Training lntensive Through Either the Foundations Certificate Program or the Experiential Retreat Program!
Taking Applications for 2021

The hands-on training component for EHI's programs has been updated. EHI now holds one longer training that combines the former two experiential trainings into one intensive residential retreat!

The next 6-day experiential training for both the Certificate and the Experiential Training programs will be held Oct 10th, 2021 - Oct 15th, 2021. Students will receive the complete training previously experienced in our two retreats in one intensive! To ensure all our students get the best possible experiential intensive the 2021 cohort is limited to 20 attendees.

Two Tracks Available for the Experiential Training!

The tracks are open to licensed mental health professionals and graduate students who would like to participate in EHI's Experiential Training. EHI's instructors are Master E-H therapists and include noted Existential-Humanistic authors such as Kirk Schneider, PhD, Nader Shabahangi, PhD and Troy Piwowarski create intimate, safe and collaborative training environments which emphasize hands-on learning of relational and experiential techniques. Learn how to enter clients' self constructed worlds, using their own personal contexts to develop responsiveness to clients while also cultivating the "presence" that enables genuine encounters and real therapeutic change.

1. Certificate in the Foundations of Existential-Humanistic Therapy
For students looking for grounding in E-H theory & practice.

The Foundations Certificate Program coursework provides students with an E-H Therapy foundational core by integrating both theory and practice into each course. New to EHI? Join this year long certificate program which is open to licensed professionals who seek to enhance their clinical skills and full or half-time students in a masters or doctoral psychology program.

Gain a Foundation in E-H Therapy Practice
Foundations Certificate Program Info »


2. Experiential Training Program -Just the Training!
For those interested in engaging in EHI Experientials.

Designed for those with limited time. Attendance and participation at the retreat is the only commitment, no additional coursework required.

Experiential Training Retreat Program Info »


Who Should Apply?

Participants who find this training effective include psychotherapists, social workers, counselors, nurses, creative and expressive arts therapists, medical doctors, psychiatric practitioners and psychologists who are interested in adopting Existential-Humanistic therapeutic techniques in their practice. The programs welcome Master's and Doctorate students and residents of the above professions. We have even had sociologists and documentary filmmakers join the training!

EHI welcomes international students in all of our programs and does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

If you have questions about whether a program or training might be a fit for you please contact Michelle, EHI admin assistant to start a conversation: program[at] or call 415-689-1475!


EHI Recommends the 3rd World Congress of Existential Therapy!

Living in the Here and Now: Embracing our Roots
Creating our Future

Athens, Greece
May, 2023

The 3rd World Congress of Existential Therapy that will be held in Athens in May 2023 will offer an opportunity to address the here and now while embracing our roots and building a vision towards the future. Participants will be exploring issues related to life itself and to each one's existence, within a vibrant Athenian context embedded in the deep historical roots that gave birth to our Western civilization.

Stay Up to Date on Existential World Conference News >>

From our Friends at

Irvin Yalom and the Art of Psychotherapy

Victor and Irv Yalom sitting in discussion in an interview of Irv by Victor

From Our Friends at

Irv Yalom and the Art of Psychotherapy Online Course


- Over 7 hours of video
- 3 hours of in-depth interview
- 7.5 CE CREDITS included in the price.
- Permanent access to course materials.

- Transcripts of all videos
- Additional skill building activities

Our friends at are excited to present this new course:

Irv Yalom and the Art of Psychotherapy

Join Irv Yalom as he demonstrates how to leverage the most powerful tool of therapists, the authentic engagement of the therapeutic relationship, to help three clients face head-on the existential anxieties that lurk beneath the surface.
For the first time ever, see Irvin Yalom conduct actual therapy sessions. This is your chance to witness firsthand how one of the most revered therapists of our time engages with his clients to address the heart of the human condition.


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