Welcome to the Existential-Humanistic Institute (EHI). The institute's primary focus is training; offering courses in existential-humanistic therapy and theory. EHI was formed as a non-profit organization under the auspices of the Pacific Institute in 1997.
EHI provides a forum, a "home", for those mental health professionals, scholars, and students who seek in-depth training in existential-humanistic philosophy, practice, and inquiry. EHI is for trainees who believe that in optimal psychotherapy, as Rollo May said, it is not this or that symptom, but "the life of the client" that is "at stake" - and that it is precisely this life that must be supported, accompanied, and encountered.
EHI offers courses on the principles of existential-humanistic practice and case seminars in existential-humanistic theory and practice. Most of EHI's instructors have trained extensively with such masters as James Bugental, Irvin Yalom and Rollo May, and are among the most highly trained existential-humanistic practitioners in the country.
Themes covered in EHI classes include: existential-humanistic philosophy and practice, the inner search process, subjectivity and encounter, the responsibility of the therapist. These courses explain existential-humanistic conceptions of resistance, meaning and alignment, existential spirituality, and integrative existential practice.
The goal of the institute - via both its curriculum and newsletters - is to support existentially and humanistically informed psychologies and psychotherapies throughout the world. By "existentially informed" we mean perspectives that stress freedom, experiential reflection, and responsibility. By "humanistically informed" we mean purviews that address two overarching questions - What does it mean to be fully, experientially human, and how does that understanding illuminate the vital or fulfilled life?