Recommended: EHNW’s August Lunch-n-Learn w/ Scott Kiser, PhD

This presentation focuses on the experience of “redemptive suffering,” that is, psychological pain and suffering in response to adversity that become constructively transformative and growth-producing rather than only destructive. Through exploring the core dynamics of intentionality and meaning-creation, participants will see how painful life experiences can be transformed into empowering sources of growth by reinterpreting their essential meaning for the suffering individual. Specifically, this involves a critical choice to experience painful adversity in terms of an actively-thriving gratitude rather than a sense of passive victimization.


Salon – Beyond the Individual: The Situation in Therapy

In the therapeutic encounter, the therapist and the client are not self-contained separate
elements, but a configuration of the interacting forces of a field. There is no such thing as a
separate environment or a separate individual. [Or as Winnicott famously once said: “There is
no such thing as a baby, only a baby and a someone”] At every moment a person is part of a
field. His behavior and development is a function of this field.


EHNW Lunch-n-Learn: Fostering Authenticity

Fostering Authenticity: Character Analytic and Somatic Interventions in Contemporary Orgone (Reichian) Therapy
Presented by Daniel Schiff, PhD
All humanistic and existentially based therapies share the understanding that many of the symptoms that clients bring to therapy stem from their inability to live an authentic life.  The fostering of authenticity is therefore one of their primary goals.  Contemporary Orgone (Reichian) Therapy, a humanistic/existential therapeutic approach based upon the integration of Wilhelm Reich’s character analytic and bioenergetic therapy, gestalt therapy, person-centered therapy and self psychology,  approaches this endeavor through addressing the cognitive, emotional, behavioral and somatic defenses that prevent one from making full contact with their authenticity. 


Recommended: EHNW Seminar Series

Online via Zoom

Carol is a Gestalt therapist and co-founder of the Portland Gestalt Therapy Training Institute.  

In the seminar series, she will explore such relevant topics as:  

Why Thinking Matters 

The I-Thou and I-It relationship 

The origin of phenomenology,  

Embodied Intersubjectivity  

The Ethics of Play  

Responsive Ethics 

The Face of the Other
This seminar will identify the humanistic tradition out of which psychotherapy emerged and within which we psychotherapists are an active expression.  Principal philosophers who contributed to a personalistic worldview — that is, a view of our being with one another that is based on human values – will be identified and introduced.

$200 – $350

EHNW 2022 Workshop

Join Yaqui Andrés Martínez Robles w/ EHNWOctober 7-9, 2022 Understanding an Existential-Phenomenological Approach: From Worldview to Attitude and Methods Facilitated by Yaqui Andrés Martínez Robles, PhD Existential-Humanistic Northwest presents - Workshop 2022 Friday, October 7, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Saturday, October 8, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sunday, October 9, 9:00 AM – 12:00 […]

$25.00 – $225.00

Radical Authenticity Lunch-n-Learn Hosted by EHNW

Online via Zoom

Radical Authenticity with Ken Bradford, PhD This talk clarifies the nature of Inauthenticity and distinguishes between Psychological Authenticity: daring to live one's own life rather than someone else's by sourcing oneself from one's true desires, aversions and indifferences; and Radical Authenticity: which observes that even when we acknowledge and live true to our personal loves […]


Recommended: Lunch and Learn w/ EHNW


Join Our Friends at EHNW in Portland for a Lunch and Learn! Humanistic Psychotherapy and the Art of Living Facilitator: Carol Swanson, LCSW Date: Friday, December 10, 2021 Time: 1pm-2:30pm, Pacific; Online by Zoom Registration Fees: Free for EHNW Affiliate $10-Non-Affiliate Presentation Host: Existential Humanistic NorthWest (EHNW in Portland) We live in a world of fragile things: fragile selves, fragile […]

Free – $10

Recommended: EHNW Student Salon


Join Our Friends at EHNW in Portland for a Fall Student Salon! Student Salon: I don't know is the only thing I can know: Tolerating ambiguity and holding our theories lightly in therapy. How do you know what you know? How certain are you of your knowledge, your approach, your treatment plan? If these questions […]

Free – $20

Recommended—EHNW May Salon: Exploring the Role of Psychedelics in Psychotherapy


EHNW Professional Salon New Frontiers: Exploring the Role of Psychedelics in Psychotherapy Facilitated by Jacqueline Potter, CSWA & Bob Edelstein, LMFT, MFT Saturday, May 22nd, 2021 10am - 12:00pm PDT Zoom Webinar (logon instructions sent with registration confirmation) Free to all EHNW Affiliates $20 for Professionals $15 for Students We are in the midst of […]

$15 – $20

Recommended Event: EHNW Webinar- Aging or Eldering w/ Nader Shabahangi

SAVE THE DATE: EHNW WEBINAR!September 25, 2020 Presented by our Friends at Existential-Humanistic Institute Northwest Aging or Eldering? A Powerful Shift to Understanding Human Life:Practical and therapeutic implications from an existential, process-oriented lens. Developed and Led by EHI Vice President & Core Instructor: Dr. Nader Shabahangi PhD, MFT Date: Saturday, 09/25/2020 Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM […]