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 therapy (E-H) 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.

2023 Enrollment Starts Soon!
Accepting Applications Now

In-Person Experiential Training Retreat​

“Existential-Humanistic Therapy: Principles of Practice”

Residential Dates: May 23-28, 2023
Sonoma, CA

*May 2022 Update: EHI is holding the next in-person training retreat at Westerbeke Ranch in May 2023! Curious about 2022’s COVID-19 safety measures and refund/transferability policies? Check out our Coronavirus Caveat for the 2022 training here.

Featured Enrollment Tracks* for In-Person Training Retreat

*Same training w/ 2 enrollment and commitment options

Track 1. 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.

Track 2. EHI Experiential
Training Course
(Attend the Residential Retreat Only)

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


Existential-Humanistic Events

3-Day Online CE Workshop Announced!

Core Skills in E-H Psychotherapy

November 4-6, 2022


Friday, 11/4, 12pm – 4pm, Pacific Time
Saturday, 11/5, 8am – 3:15pm, Pacific Time [1 hr lunch]
Sunday, 11/6, 8am – 3:15pm, Pacific Time [1 hr lunch]

Approved for 16 CEs!

Opening Available in
Upcoming Group!

Consultation Group E-H Psychotherapy

Oct 6th Start

Thursdays Pacific Time

 10/6, 12 pm-2pm PDT
11/3, 12 pm-2pm PDT
12/1, 12 pm-2pm PDT
12/29, 12 pm-2pm PST
1/26, 12 pm-2pm PST

*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.

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 recommended events from our Friends and Partners.

Meet the Team at EHI

Photo to be updated when the team can all get together next!

EHI's Core Team & Board

EHI welcomes Affiliate Instructor, Bonnie Rose, MA, LMFT, to the Board.

Pictured here (left to right): Troy Piwowarski, Sonja Saltman, Nader Shabahangi, Doug Silberstein, and Kirk Schneider. Not pictured: Scott Gibbs, Nance Reynolds, Stephanie Weissman, and Bonnie Rose.

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...

New Blog Post From Kirk Schneider on Life Enhancing Anxiety

Kirk Schneider, PhD, Psychologist, EHI President and Instructor, has a new article on his PsychologyToday blog, Awakening to Awe.

The post is entitled, “What the World Needs Now Is ‘Life-Enhancing’ Anxiety” in which he posits that “one of our great problems today is too little of a certain kind of anxiety.”

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The Existential Moment: Protections – Pt II: Living With Them

The Chinese finger trap is a good illustration of the law of reverse effect: try something and get the opposite. The framework is helpful to remember when working with psychological protections (i.e., “spacesuits”). When we push or confront, we may get resistance.

Working with “spacesuits” is part of the art of therapy. Still, there are points to keep in mind.

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