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Szasz, Laing and Existential Psychotherapy

By Daniel Burston In “The Secular Cure of Souls” (JSEA, issue 14.2), and a talk delivered to the International Federation for Psychoanalytic Education on November 2, 2002, entitled “The Cure of Souls in The Therapeutic State”, Thomas Szasz goes to great lengths to differentiate between himself from R.D. Laing, whose life and work I have studied in some detail. It

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Musings on Being an Existential Psychotherapist

My Life Is My Message There is a story told about Mahatma Ghandi in which a reporter was running up to him as his train was gradually pulling out of the station. ‘Mr. Ghandi,’ the reporter asked loudly, ‘I would like to bring a message back to your people. What shall I tell them?’ Ghandi quickly took a piece of

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Letter From the President

[reprinted from 2003 Newsletter] The last 6 months have been a vibrant period for EHI. On July 9th, 1999 we completed our last class of the ten week training course “Principles of Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy.” In fitting style, Honorary Chair, James Bugental, had the final word in that class, and it was a riveting demonstration of his craft. By most accounts

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