The Role of the Soul and Spirit in Existential Psychotherapy

Dr Tom Barber and Dr Sandra Westland

October 6-7 2018, Bucharest



At a conference, Existential-Humanistic psychotherapist Bob Edelstein (2011) asked the renowned American existential psychologist Rollo May “if one could be both existential and spiritual. He (May) responded that it was essential to be both . . . Having an openness to life with its mystery, from ecstasy to tragedy, is spiritual whether you call it that or not” (2011).

This two-day theoretical and experiential workshop will look at the philosophical framework of Existentialism and its development into a psychotherapeutic approach, such as through the work of Viktor Frankl, Martin Buber, and Rollo May, recognising the nature of life as we live it.

In concerning ourselves with what it is to be human; unearthing that which is meaningful, finding our place in the world and forging our connection with others, we facilitate the finding of our authentic self.

This can be nothing but a journey full of surprises, bewilderment, uncertainty, awe and wonder as we challenge ourselves to greater levels of experiencing being ever more present, and feeling ever more alive. Does this not require a connection to one’s soul, and a spiritual presence?

Through a variety of experiential techniques and theoretical discussions this workshop will explore notions of living which are transpersonal, spiritual, and soulful alongside existential psychotherapy, proposing the idea that existentialism, by its very nature, is indeed that which is a spiritual quest.



To book your place contact our Romanian organiser Camelia, at this email address –

We hope to see you there.

Tom and Sandra.


Originally posted 2018-03-07 23:16:58.

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Tom Barber is a Founder and Director of Contemporary College of Therapeutic Studies. He runs workshops and lectures across the world in a variety of psychological approaches. He is a bestselling author of 5 books and maintains a private practice in London and Essex.

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