The Emotional Truth of the Moment: The Power of Existential...

The Emotional Truth of the Moment: The Power of Existential-Analytic Psychotherapy

Presented by Stephen H. Sulmeyer, JD, PhD

Saturday, May 11, 2019 | 9 am – 1 pm

Both existential therapy and the approaches of a number of modern psychoanalysts (e.g., Bion, Ogden) focus on aliveness—both the patient/client’s capacity to be fully alive, as well as the aliveness or deadness of any moment of the therapy itself. This focus on aliveness, particularly how it expresses itself in the therapeutic relationship, is a key element of therapy that is truly life-changing for both therapist and patient/client.  

Existential-Analytic psychotherapy powerfully blends the best of existential (including existential-humanistic and existential-phenomenological) and contemporary, interpersonal psychoanalytic therapy to create an approach to psychotherapy that is powerful, transformative, uncanny, unsettling, and deeply relational.  In particular, it avoids the collusion that frequently exists between therapist and client to ward off the most deeply unsettling and anxiety-provoking issues that are present in the consulting room between therapist and client.  

In this workshop we will explore both the theoretical underpinnings and methodology of existential-analytic psychotherapy, as well as engage in experiential exercises that will allow participants to have a direct taste of this powerful approach to therapy.

Stephen H. Sulmeyer, JD, PhD, is a lawyer, clinical psychologist, mediator and collaborative coach in Marin County, California. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from Stanford University, and his doctorate in psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California, where he has taught as a member of the adjunct faculty.  His theoretical orientation is existential-analytic, which is a blend of contemporary, interpersonal psychoanalysis (which tends to focus on the depths of patients’ psyches and histories as illuminated by the therapeutic encounter) and existential-humanistic psychology (which tends to emphasize key human concerns such as aliveness, authenticity, meaning, maturation, and mortality). He wrote his doctoral dissertation on the psychology of meaning, and specializes in helping people find more meaning in their lives and work.


CIP Group Room
1330 Lincoln Ave # 201
San Rafael, CA 94901


Non Members: 
$75 early registration up to 10 days prior to class, $85 after

CIP Members: 
$50 early registration up to 10 days prior to class, $60 after 

CEs: 4 CEs for LMFTs, LCSWs, and Psychologists. 

Community Institute for Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Community Institute for Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

Cancellations must be received in writing 10 business days prior to the seminar or class for a refund minus a $25 cancellation fee.

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