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New E-H Consultation Group via Zoom

Are you interested in strengthening your understanding of an E-H approach to psychotherapy, enriching your work with your clients and supporting your own personal and professional development?

E-H therapists seek not only a deeper knowing of their clients, but also cultivate deeper contact with their own historical context that shapes their sense of their being in the world. EHI’s consultation groups offer the opportunity to consult about your clinical work from an E-H perspective, and to experientially work with the therapist’s own conscious and unconscious meanings that get stirred by particular clients.

Experiential learning in the consult groups includes guided self-reflection and case conceptualization, feedback from fellow group members, role plays, and theoretical reflections following the experiential work.

The Existential-Humanistic Institute is excited to continue to offer Existential-Humanistic (E-H) Therapy Consultation Groups via Zoom video conferencing.

2021 Consult Group Series

Group Leaders: All Instructors lead consultation groups—current groups with openings will be listed on this page.

Group B November 15th Start

Group Leaders: Sonja Saltman, MFT, EHI Core Instructor & Doug Silberstein, LMFT, EHI Instructor-in-Training
Sessions: This group meets for a total of 5 sessions. This specific group has sessions that are 2 hours in duration. (10 hours total).
*Cost: $400.00
Scheduled Day/Time: Mondays: 8:00 am – 10:00 am Pacific Time via Zoom.
Dates:  Nov. 15th, Dec. 13th,  Jan. 10th, Feb 7th, March 7th, 2022 (5 sessions/2 hrs each).
Openings: 3 places available in this ongoing group.


Please reach out to our admin, Michelle through the form below for inquiries or if you already have our email address, you can email Michelle.

The Existential Humanistic Institute is offering existential-humanistic consultation groups for licensed/pre-licensed professionals via Zoom led by EHI Faculty. Each group has two co-leaders is limited to 5-7 clinicians per round.

Consultation focuses on cases that illustrate the existential-humanistic orientation to therapeutic practice. This group is an opportunity to explore how therapeutic orientations are enhanced by incorporating existential and humanistic perspectives.

Consult Group Description

EHI’s Consult Groups are intended to give participants hands-on experiential opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of how to work with clients from an E-H perspective. Each group is facilitated by two EHI instructors who serve as the group leaders. Leaders emphasize effective relational and experiential techniques that enable genuine encounters and real therapeutic change.

In each group participants focus on:

  • Cultivating clients’ personal and relational presence
  • Tracking and reflecting clients’ process
  • Mirroring and resolving clients’ problematic protective patterns.


By role-playing clients we gain depth to our understanding of:

  • Their self and world constructs.
  • How their protective patterns may trigger the therapist.
  • How to work with the therapist’s personal contexts to resolve therapeutic impasses.

Professional and Supportive Group Environment

Participants present cases in a safe and supportive environment. The group leaders assist the group to not only understand the complexities and nuances of the suffering of the client but also the challenges to the therapist to effect change.

Our Facilitators

Sonja Saltman, MFT is a co-founder of EHI and a long-time EHI Core Instructor. She has been in private practice for 20 years in Las Vegas, Nevada after training extensively in various humanistic modalities, including Gestalt, Existential, Redecision Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Group Therapy and Imagery. Sonja was also co-founder of Therapy Institute, an organization offering continuing education seminars in principles of the humanistic-existential tradition, as well individual and group therapy.  
Sonja, together with her husband Michael, a lawyer, has founded The Saltman Center of Conflict Resolution at the Law School of University of Nevada, Las Vegas; a center that combines both law and psychology to provide programs to students wishing to train in conflict negotiation. The Center has offered presentations and workshops in combination with other organizations such as Harvard Law School and the Woodrow Wilson Center to both students as well as the general public. In its existence it has placed 5th in ranking amongst national Conflict Resolution Centers at Law Schools due to its excellent programs and its outstanding academic and research leadership. 
In addition to her work with EHI and the Saltman Center, Sonja serves as the appointed Honorary Consul for Austria in Las Vegas, Nevada. 
Doug Silberstein, MFT has been in private practice in San Rafael and Santa Rosa, CA, for the past 11 years, focusing on working with couples, parents, individuals struggling with depression and anxiety, teen boys, and individuals and families dealing with divorce. He provides depth psychotherapy, integrating attachment-based and systems approaches with an existential-humanistic foundation for working with clients, and facilitates support and psycho-educational parenting groups for dads and dads going through divorce. 
Prior to being in private practice, he was a staff member at the counseling and social services agency, FamilyWorks, in San Rafael, CA, employed as a therapist, Communications Coordinator and Program Coordinator. While at FamilyWorks, he helped develop, co-coordinate and co-facilitate the Back to Family program delivered to inmates at San Quentin State Prison as part of the Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood initiative. He also coordinated and facilitated a teen pregnancy prevention and life-skills after-school program for middle schoolers. 
Doug is a member of Arts Omega, a peer training and support collective based on the Art of the Psychotherapist training groups developed and led by James Bugental, and is Treasurer of the Board of Directors for EHI, and one of its Affiliate Instructors.  


The consult program is open to licensed/pre-licensed clinical professionals who seek to work experientially on cases and enhance their clinical skills; pending a successful interview with the group leader.

If you have questions about joining a group please reach out via the form below.


How do I apply to the Consult Group?

  • Contact our Admin, Michelle she will connect you with the facilitators who can discuss participation in an upcoming consultation group.

Registration process:

You will be invoiced after you connect with a facilitator and prior to the start of the first session in that round.

What is the deadline for getting into a group?

Facilitators meet with potential participants year-round and we communicate group openings to interested practitioners as they become available. Contact us as soon as possible to secure participation in a group.

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