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2020 Webinar Series: Depolarizing Our Minds, Our Hearts & Our Nation

We Invite You to Join Us on Saturday, December 5th, 2020

Working with the Cultural Outsider in Psychotherapy
Developed and Presented by Dennis Portnoy, MFT

Time: 10am to 1pm Pacific Time; via Zoom and Zoom Breakout Rooms

Fee: $35; $20 for Students & Elders (65 and over)*
* 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).

CE: Approved for 3 CE credits. CE Fee $18.50, Please contact us for more info regarding the course at




Many who seek psychotherapy either came to the United States from another culture as children or were born here. Surrounded by peers who look and speak differently, they often have the added burden of parents relying on them to help navigate in a new country. Eager to "fit in" they become hyper-focused on conforming and achieving, feeling tremendous pressure to go above and beyond what is expected.

The very qualities that contribute to their success in the world often perpetuate their unhappiness and disconnection from themselves.

Through lecture as well as dyad work this webinar will offer a deeper understanding into the unique survival strategies that cultural outsiders employ in an attempt to cope with the shame of feeling like "the other" and different. There will be particular emphasis on how these clients define themselves and measure their self-worth.

In this webinar participants will also learn a powerful intervention called "piercing the threat" designed to assist clients with deconstructing an identity and sense of worth that revolves around performance, how they are being perceived and their usefulness to others.


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Our Presenter

Dennis Portnoy, LMFT bio photo

Dennis Portnoy, LMFT is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in San Francisco for over 30 years. He is author of The Intrinsic Self: How defining yourself and your worth by your achievements and usefulness is undermining your happiness and serenity.

He has published numerous articles and also offers presentations on Compassion Fatigue and self-care for people in helping roles. More information is available at

Our Online Workshops Include Experiential Exercises

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, therapists, psychologists, MFTs, social workers, counselors, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and doctors are all welcome!

Continuing Education Info

  • 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 at program[@] or call us 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 5-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!


Friday, Dec 11th, 2020: EHNW Lunch-n-Learn

A Path to Living Life Fully: 8 Core Tenets of Existential-Humanistic Therapy

Facilitated: Bob Edelstein, LMFT, MFT

Date: Friday, 12/11/2020

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Pacific

Location: Online via Zoom;

Cost: $10 Non-Affiliates, FREE to EHNW Affiliates

An aim of Existential-Humanistic Therapy is to help our clients live an authentic and actualized life. It is a therapeutic modality and a way of being. Bob will describe and explore 8 key tenets of an Existential-Humanistic perspective in therapy such as Process Orientation, Self-and-World-Constructs, and Being-in-the-World.

Bob will work with a volunteer who will explore a concern in an abbreviated interview. Afterwards, he will debrief the interview with the volunteer and the Lunch and Learn participants.

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Please Note: this event is not being hosted by EHI- please contact EHNW with questions.

Existential-Humanistic NorthWest (EHNW)
EHNW is located in Portland, Oregon and enlivens and enriches human experience through our commitment to being present with ourselves, others, society, and the mystery of life. We serve the healing professions, our clients, and the public through dialogue, education, training, and advocacy. Please contact EHNW about their events here: EHNW Contact Form.

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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.

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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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