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The Existential Moment: Acknowledge Death

“…it is he who is dead and not I.” 

The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy is a powerful exploration of mortality. Through the story of Ivan Ilyich, a successful and respected lawyer, Tolstoy portrays the tragedy of a life lived without acknowledging the certainty of one’s own death. Instead, as articulated in the quote, denial is a staunch ally in the process: others die, not me.

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The Existential Moment: On Dreamwork

Questions endure about the origin or meaning of dreams, from unconscious, repressed desires and archetypal symbols of the collective unconscious to modern theories about memory consolidation, emotional processing, and problem-solving. Regardless, dreams are one thing most surely: an opportunity. Take it!

Existential-Humanistic therapy draws its way of working with dreams from its humanistic heritage. Notably, it approaches dreamwork with the same emphasis on presence and experience as therapy. Furthermore, it avoids one-sized fits all dream interpretations.

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Presenters Announced for Fall Conference on Otto Rank!

EHI is excited to announce the following esteemed presenters will be joining us Nov 4 & 5, 2023 for “Unleashing Otto Rank: From Interpretation to Experience”

Robert Kramer,

Siebrecht Vanhooren,

Kirk Schneider,

Matthew Fox,

Marie Becker,

Ellen Handler Spitz,

Will Waddlington,

Ludwig Janus

Please save the date and join us for this trailblazing venture into the reawakened legacy of Freud’s unsung protégé and contemporary torchbearer.

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Reminder: The Society of Humanistic Psychology 16th Annual Conference

March 16 @ 8:00 am – March 19 @ 5:00 pm MDT University of New Mexico, Albuquerque Community. Collaboration. Embodiment:Cultivating an Ethic of Radical Hospitality in Treacherous Times “How I experience the world is different from how you experience the world, and both our interpretations matter.”~~Manulani Aluli-Meyer, Indigenous Scholar, Ocean Peoples Cultivating an ethic of radical hospitality in treacherous times “Inhale, soft front. Relaxed and at ease.

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The Existential Moment: On Caring

Existential-Humanistic therapy is relational and experiential. Care is a critical therapy component: letting our clients matter to and influence us.

In many cases, caring is pretty straightforward. We love our clients. Unconditional positive regard is easy. The only risk is maybe what we do with that affection. Alternatively, we might genuinely dislike our clients. That’s hard. Can we show care by simply…

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