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Unleashing Otto Rank: From Interpretation to Experience

An International Conference


November 4 @ 9:00 am November 5 @ 5:00 pm

The most brilliant of Freud’s students, Otto Rank had a highly productive life as a lecturer, therapist and writer after leaving Vienna. His work greatly influenced many notable figures, including the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, the client-centered psychotherapist Carl Rogers, the existential psychoanalyst Rollo May, the existential therapist Irvin Yalom, and the cultural anthropologist Ernest Becker. It was his profound influence on May and Rogers in particular that gave birth to existential-humanistic psychology in the U.S.

image of Otto Rank in a what looks like a lounge chair in the sun with his dog, Spooky.
Otto Rank with Spooky

This Conference, unprecedented in the annals of both psychoanalysis and existential-humanistic psychology, will re-introduce the legacy, focus, and implications of Rank’s genius for a new generation of Depth Psychologists. Specifically, the conference will focus on Rank’s move from Freudian psychoanalysis to here-now experience and its foundational impact on psychospiritual healing. The conference features eight speakers representing a wide range of perspectives on Rank, coupled with experiential sessions where speakers and audience interact.

Presenters Announced!

EHI is excited to announce the following esteemed presenters:

  • Marie Becker
  • Sara Ekenstierna
  • Matthew Fox
  • Ludwig Janus
  • Robert Kramer
  • Kirk Schneider
  • Ellen Handler Spitz
  • Siebrecht Vanhooren

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

Online through Zoom, November 4-5, 2023