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Update to the Education and Training Programs

EHI's 2017-2018 Programs now Feature a Single Experiential Training
Enrollment has Closed for 2017/18 Cohorts as of Feb 5, 2018

The 2017-2018 training schedule for EHI's programs has been updated. This year EHI will hold one longer training that combines the former two experiential trainings into one intensive residential retreat. This change came about because our Fall retreat was canceled due to the recently contained wildfires in Sonoma.

To ensure all our students get the best possible experiential training in Existential-Humanistic therapeutic practices EHI has created a new single combined training for our 2017-2018 programs. This will be held in April of 2018. Students will receive the complete training previously experienced in our two retreats in one intensive retreat. A total of forty-three training hours are scheduled in this updated Experiential Training.

2018-2019 EHI Programs That Feature This New Single Experiential Training

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 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 »


Experiential Training Retreat Program
For those interested in engaging in EHI Experientials.

Open to licensed mental health professionals and graduate students who would like to participate in EHI's Experiential Training. Master E-H therapists and noted authors such as Kirk Schneider, PhD and Orah Krug, PhD. create intimate, safe and collaborative training environments which emphasize hands-on learning of relational and experiential techniques. Participants learn how to enter their 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. Designed for attendance and participation at the retreat is the only commitment, no additional course-work required.

Experiential Training Retreat Program Info »


Now Accepting Applications for the 2018-2019 Curriculum Year

Who Should Apply?

Students who find this training effective include psychotherapists, social workers, counselors, nurses, creative and expressive arts therapists, medical doctors, and psychologists. EHI welcomes international students in all of our programs.

Please contact Michelle, EHI admin for more details: admin[at]

2018 Conference News

Alfried Längle, M.D., Ph.D. at the 2018 Conference Keynote Presenter

EHI is excited to announce that Dr. Alfried Längle,noted Psychotherapist, Existential analyst, and Clinical Psychologist, will be our Keynote and a workshop presenter at the EHI Conference in Fall of 2018. We are very honored to have Dr. Längle join us for our Fall Conference.

Alfried Längle, M.D., Ph.D., Dr. h.c.mult., and Professor of Psychotherapy was born in 1951 in Austria, studied medicine and psychology and works in private practice in Vienna as psychotherapist. He worked in close collaboration with Viktor Frankl from 1983 to 1991. Dr. Längle is the founder of the International Society for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis (Vienna) and it's psychotherapeutic training program. He is a noted lecturer at many universities in Europe and South America. Since 2004 he has served as a Professor of Applied Psychology (psychotherapy) at Moscow's HSE-university and is a guest professor at Vienna's Sigmund Freud university (since 2011). Dr. Längle has served as Vice President of the International Federation of Psychotherapy (IFP - 2002-2010) and President of the International Society for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis, Vienna until 2017. Dr. Längle has authored over 400 publications and is the recipient of six honorary professorships.

For more information about Dr. Alfried Längle, please visit his website

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EHI Supports the North Bay Communities

Local Mental Health Support for Those Affected by the October 2017 Wildfires

Mental Health Professionals who are members of The Redwood Chapter of the Marriage and Family Therapists of California (RECAMFT) are offering 3-5 free sessions with licensed therapists. To see the listings by city of therapists who have volunteered to offer counseling please visit the RECAMFT Free Counseling page.

How To Volunteer During the Wildfire Disaster Recovery

EHI faculty and students are volunteering up in the communities affected by the most wildfires. For therapeutic professionals and concerned neighbors who want to help we would like to share some information that is being shared with us.

Volunteers and Donations Welcome

Here are some of the places you can contact to volunteer or donate.

The Volunteer Center of Sonoma has opportunities for both Volunteering and Donating. Listed are organizations in need of volunteers, donation centers, disaster relief resources and mental health resources from The .

The Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa is looking for volunteers.

Salvation Army of Santa Rosa needs help sorting donations.

The Red Cross is accepting volunteers for Sonoma County: please visit the Red Cross Volunteer Connection to sign up.

Redwood Psychological Association

Joe Puentes, PsyD, President of the RPA has offered his listserv to members to share resources and information about needs in the community. He also asks that non-members who are interested can contact to request crisis support information via their listserv.

Disaster Healthcare Volunteers Site

Visit the Disaster Healthcare Volunteer Site if you're a healthcare provider with an active license, a public health professional, or a member of a medical disaster response team in California who would like to volunteer for disaster service.

Sonoma County Wildfire News and Resources

The Sonoma County News page lists wildfire related resources, the lastest news, current evacuations, fire updates, as well as resources for evacuees and those effected by the wildfires.

Mental Health Support During and After a Disaster

Nancy Haugen, PhD specializes in 'Disaster Mental Health' created some 'Cliff's Notes' to keep in mind so that we can all be empowered to support mental health for those in pain.

    Trauma Support
  1. Whereas in the Emergency Room there is the Golden Hour (time to get to the ER when there has been a trauma), in Disaster Mental Health there is the Golden Month. There are 30 days from the point of the disaster, to make a major difference. Any intervention, support, kindness that can happen during those 30 days will change the long-term outcome. It is significant.
  2. Given how the brain shuts down in a disaster, victims are not able to process words very well. They will track on tone of your voice and your body posture.
  3. Don't problem solve, most important task is to just Listen.
  4. Sharing where resources are is important – if possible, give a written form of the list so that they can refer to it later. They won't remember much if you just tell them.
  5. Asking open ended questions (How can I help?) are not helpful because it asks too much of the victim's brain to figure that out. Present two choices with yes or no answer. (May I drop off food Friday or Saturday?)
  6. After the fires are contained, and the media leaves (referred to as the Honeymoon period – "we're going to make it! We're going to stick together!), most victims experience depression. The research indicates that the depression will last for a while, so keep in mind that ongoing supportive gestures, any intervention, support, kindness, is still needed. After the depression period lifts (can be as long as a couple years), people most often report that they feel that they have a new life.

Please Cut/Paste & Repost! We thank you for your community support in the efforts to spread the Importance of Mental Health!

The Existential Cafe: A Bay Area E-H Community Gathering
Updated 10/17/2017

The Existential Cafe - A Bay Area Community Group for Existential-Humanistic leaning professionals and students.

Hello Existential-Humanistic Fellow Travelers,
You are invited to a hosted social gathering and existential discussion. This is an informal way for us to build the strength and collaborative possibilities in our EHI community.

Newcomers are very welcome! Join us for this community event/gathering for newcomers, students, and friends. 

There will be a couple of short experiential activities, after which we will break into informal discussion and general schmoozing.

What: Existential Cafe: An E-H Community Gathering
Contact EHI Admin, Michelle to be notified of the next gathering: info[@]
Cost: Free- RSVP Requested to Michelle: info[@]

We will provide drinks (wine, water, soda) and you all are welcome to bring some nibbles to share.

We hope you will be able to attend! And please feel free to invite friends or colleagues who might also be interested in the event.

Email Michelle at info[at] for more information and meeting address.

Enrollment is open for the 2018/2019 Cohorts[Feb 1, 2018]

EHI's teaching staff, Orah Krug, PhD Kirk Schneider, PhD, Sonja Saltman, MA, MFT, Nader Shabahangi, PhD, Troy Piwowarski, PsyD invite you to join us in one of our Existential-Humanistic education and training programs.

EHI is now accepting applications for participation in the 2018-2019 cohort, apply today!

EHI has updated all of our programs to provide one single combined experiential training for all of the programs in Spring. The Foundations Certificate program cohort will be starting the Online Course in Existential-Humanistic (E-H) Therapy in November, please join us for this unique training program in E-H therapeutic theory and hands-on technique!

EHI offers a Certificate in the Foundations of E-H Practice for students looking for a basic grounding in E-H therapy practice, an Advanced Program awarding a Certificate as an E-H Therapist for students who have completed the Foundations Program and the Experiential Training Program for students who might not be interested in the certificates, but would like to participate in EHI's Experiential Training.

Apply to an EHI Program Today »

EHI Faculty Sonja Saltman working in triad with students at Experiential


Do you have questions about a program or about becoming an EHI student? We are here to answer them!

Orah Krug, EHI's Clinical Director of Education and Training, and Troy Piwowarski, EHI's Clinical Training Coordinator and Assiocate Professor, will be happy to give you more information and to answer your questions about the upcoming EHI programs.

Contact either Orah or Troy by email: info[at]

EHI E-H Therapy Consult Group

The 2018 Spring Consult Group is full. If you would like to help us create a new 2018 Spring EH Therapy Consult Group contact Michelle at admin[at] If there is interest EHI will consider another E-H Peer Consultation Group for Therapists in the Bay Area.

We are pleased to continue to offer the monthly Existential - Humanistic Consult Group for the Bay Area. The current group is twice a year, Fall and Spring.

In this group you will work with Dr. Orah Krug to deepen your understanding of how to work with clients from an existential-humanistic perspective.

  • We'll focus on:
  • a) cultivating personal and relation presence,
  • b) tracking and reflecting process, and
  • c) increasing your facility to resolve clients' detrimental protective patterns.
  • By role-playing your clients we'll deepen your understanding of:
  • a) their self and world constructs,
  • b) how their protective patterns may trigger you, and
  • c) how to work with your personal contexts to resolve therapeutic impasses and help your clients accept disowned aspects of themselves.

When and Where: Saturdays from 10:30am -12:30pm at Orah's office in Oakland, California.

Cost:$350 for the set of 5 sessions*

Space is limited

*Group Policies:The consult group is open to practicing therapists pending a successful interview with the group leader. Payment of fee invoice is due 30 days prior to start of group to secure your place. Due to limited group size missed sessions are non-transferable.

Recommended Upcoming Workshops

Deepen Your Therapeutic Work Using an Existential-Humanistic Perspective

With Bob Edelstein,  LMFT, MFT

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

9-12pm and/or 1-4pm

In-Person Workshop Lewis and Clark College Thayer Room, Portland, Oregon 

Full day (am + pm -6 CEs) / Half-day (a.m. or p.m.– 3 CEs)  APA Approved Sponsor
This workshop is open to all levels of experience.

Attend in-person or via interactive webinar: Live event will take place at Lewis and Clark University, Thayer Room, in Portland, Oregon, OR; interactive webinar can take place anywhere with an internet connection!

Full Day  In-Person at Lewis & Clark Workshop Registration >>

Full Day Live Webinar Registration >>


Morning Session

Core Concepts of Existential-Humanistic Therapy; Exploring the Work of Bugental and Yalom.

9:00am – 12:00pm

Description: The Existential-Humanistic approach embraces all of what it means to exist. It values each unique, individual journey. Through this workshop, you will deepen your therapeutic work by increasing your ability to be with the lived experience of your clients and yourself within the therapeutic container. You will understand the purpose of resistance in Existential-Humanistic terms, and learn ways to effectively engage client resistances to facilitate growth and healing.

Learning objectives: Through lecture, discussion, experiential exercises, and demonstrations, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the impact and influence of James Bugental, Ph.D. and Irvin Yalom, M.D. by specifying two major contributions they each added to the development of Existential-Humanistic psychotherapy.
  • Describe and use the inward searching process to facilitate a client’s subjective deepening.
  • Explain why clients resist deepening into their subjectivity and be able to apply three ways to effectively intervene with the client’s resistance.
  • Describe and use a dialogue process to deepen the relationship between client and therapist.
  • Explain why clients resist an authentic connection to the therapist and apply three ways to effectively intervene with the client’s resistance.

Register for AM In-Person Session >>
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Afternoon Session

Cultivating Presence: Being Fully There for Your Client

1:00pm – 4:00pm

In Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy, a fully engaged presence is the key to guiding the therapist to make optimal therapeutic choices. Being present is the ability to be fully there for your client in the lived experience of the moment. We will explore two philosophical frames, two relationship attitudes, and two therapeutic skills that serve as a bridge for the therapist to develop a more fully engaged presence.

Learning objectives
Through lecture, discussion, experiential exercises, and demonstrations the participants will:

  • Explain two values of Being with the client and demonstrate the difference between Being with the client and Doing with the client.
  • Describe two purposes for Deep Listening and demonstrate the skill of Deep Listening.
  • Explain two values of reflecting Process. Demonstrate the difference between reflecting process and reflecting Content.
  • Describe and demonstrate three ways to cultivate a therapeutic I-Thou relationship.
  • Compare and apply when Intention needs to be emphasized versus when Resistance needs to be emphasized in working with clients.
  • Demonstrate two ways to be a Mirror to the client’s process.

Register for PM In-Person Session Only >>
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Bob Edelstein, LMFT, MFT, is an Existential-Humanistic psychotherapist with over forty years of experience. He provides consultation, supervision, workshops, and trainings for clinicians and students. He is a blogger for Psychology Today and has published articles on the existential-humanistic perspective, including a chapter entitled Frames, Attitudes, and Skills of an Existential Humanistic Psychotherapist in the Handbook of Humanistic Psychology 2nd Edition. Bob is the founder and current president of the Existential-Humanistic Northwest professional organization.

Bob provides workshops for professionals, students and interns. If you would like more information on any of these workshops and/or if you would like to be added to the email list so that you are notified the next time a workshop is scheduled, please contact Bob.


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