Dr. Nader Shabahangi and EHI are recipients of The Charlotte and Karl Bühler Award from SHP!

Training Therapists in
Existential-Humanistic Practice

EHI specializes in Existential-Humanistic (E-H) therapy professional enrichment programs, training, and events for both licensed professionals & graduate students.

At the heart of EHI’s existential psychotherapy training programs is its Experiential Training Course Retreat. During this retreat attendees experience an immersion in the Existential-Humanistic perspective and have the opportunity to develop therapeutic skills in a safe, supportive and intensive residential setting.

We Are Excited to Host the Next In-Person Experiential Training Retreat in May 2022!*

“Existential-Humanistic Therapy: Principles of Practice”

May 26-31, 2022
Sonoma, CA

*December 2021 Update: EHI is intending on holding the next in-person training retreat at Westerbeke Ranch in May 2022! Curious about 2022’s COVID-19 safety measures and refund/transferability policies? Check out our Coronavirus Caveat for the 2021 training here.

Featured Enrollment Tracks for In-Person Training Retreat

EHI Certificate in Foundations
of Existential-Humanistic
Therapy Practice

For students looking to gain a foundation in Existential-Humanistic Therapy practice; annual experiential training & theory courses, and case consultation included.

EHI Experiential
Training Course
(Retreat only)

For new or returning attendees who want to attend the experiential training course featured in the Certificate programs,  no additional coursework. Consult group optional.


Existential-Humanistic Events

Join Us on Jan 22nd

CE Workshop: Depolarizing Therapeutic Presence w/ Kirk Scheider

3 CEs Available for Live Workshop Via Zoom

This workshop will provide skills for therapists who are challenged by the cultural and political stances of their clients and want to more effectively work through their own charged internal reactions that could adversely affect the therapeutic relationship.

Workshops, gatherings, symposiums, and conferences. EHI nurtures professional partnerships that have grown over the years to bring quality learning opportunities to the Existential-Humanistic clinical community. We also share events from our Friends and Partners.

Existential-Humanistic Consult Group for Practicitioners

w/ EHI Instructors Facilitating

Next Groups Start in the New Year

Beginners Group Update December 2021: EHI would like to start a consultation group for newer practitioners in 2022 , please reach out to us if you are interested. 

Meet the Team at EHI

EHI's Core Team & Board

EHI has recently welcomed Scott Gibbs and Nance Reynolds to the Board. Due to the pandemic this photo will be updated at the next in-person.

Pictured here (left to right): Troy Piwowarski, Sonja Saltman, Nader Shabahangi, Doug Silberstein, and Kirk Schneider.

Find out more about EHI’s board members, core  and affiliate instructors here.

An Award Winning Organization

Charlotte and Karl Bühler Award Recipients from SHP (DIV32 of APA)

Dr. Nader Shabahangi and the Existential-Humanistic Institute were honored to be the 2016 recipients of the Charlotte and Karl Bühler Award. This award is given by The Society of Humanistic Psychology (SHP), Division 32 of the APA, to an institution, and an individual associated with an institution, that have made outstanding and lasting contributions to humanistic psychology.

Find out more about EHI here.

Training in Action

See more photos from the residential training and workshops in our photo Gallery.

From the EHI blog...

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The Existential Moment: The Goal of Therapy

Happy New Year!

The ringing in of the New Year is a time for new beginnings. The celebration of a new year dates back to the Babylonians, and current cultures the world over continue to embrace comparable rites and rituals.

The New Year’s resolution is a celebrated example of ringing in the new in the US. We commit to a change, make a promise to do something different in our lives in a process of growth (sometimes, sadly, a fleeting process). Notably, the promise of the resolution presumes a before and after, an old and new. The new is our goal.

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