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Existential dialogue between Prof Spinelli and Dr Zymnis.

Topic: “Driving into the co-created world of the psychotherapeutic encounter”

About this event
“Existential therapy is a wide ranging arena, with many perspectives and different views that also, fundamentally, share an attitude expressing a way of thinking and being with people. Representatives of the existential approach from different parts of the world have agreed to engage in an open-format discussion with me. Each of them will bring their own particular topic of interest as the focus for the discussion. From these, participants will hopefully see that existential therapy and existential thought in general cover a huge range of topics, view points and perspectives and explores these in a way that it is different, stimulating and enjoyable.” Prof Ernesto Spinelli

Diving into the co-created world of the psychotherapeutic encounter
“A recent study has explored the presence of helping factors that take place in psychotherapy from the client’s perspective. More precisely, it explores client individual changes and therapeutic interventions from the client’s point of view. It examined 10 semi-structured interviews held with clients that had completed successfully psychotherapy based on various approaches. Findings underscore the importance of the co-construction of a therapeutic world of new possibilities and different choices for the client, the co-creation of a safe and trustworthy environment, the human integrity, the professional and accepting stance of the therapist, the client’s intentionality for change and hard work, and a solid therapist and client working alliance as necessary conditions for successful psychotherapy. In this existential dialogue there will be an opportunity to reflect on the factors that develop within this co-created psychotherapeutic world and discuss the challenges that both therapist and client face in the process.” Dr Katerina Zymnis

About Prof Ernesto Spinelli

“An internationally-recognised leader in existential therapy and coaching psychology, Professor Ernesto Spinelli developed and taught the first psychology undergraduate and PhD programmes to focus on counselling and psychotherapy research. He has contributed to a growing interest in, and professional appreciation of, existential therapeutic techniques.
Professor Spinelli publications and textbooks are standard reading for many psychotherapies and coaching training programmes around the world. His book, Practising Existential Therapy: The Relational World, 2nd edition (2015), was identified as the most influential contemporary text on existential therapeutic practice.” BPS

About Dr Katerina Zymnis Georgalos

Katerina Zymnis Georgalos is a founding member, co-director, trainer and supervisor at the Hellenic Association for Existential Psychology, gignesthai. She was born and grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has lived in Athens, Greece, since 1980. Katerina works as a psychotherapist with individuals, families and groups and as a trainer and supervisor at gignesthai. She is a consultant in private multinational companies offering seminars and workshops in personal and group development. Katerina is invited to teach at post graduate programs at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences and at the University of Thessalia. She is a founding member and trainer at The Hellenic Society for Positive Psychology. Her area of interest in research is the process and outcome of psychotherapy as well as the use of qualitative methods of data analysis. Her doctoral thesis is a research project that focuses on the helpfulness of psychotherapy and the factors that are conducive to change as viewed by clients. She has contributed with her writing in several books and articles related to existential therapy and psychotherapy process and outcome. Katerina is a European Certified Psychotherapist (ECP), and an active member of HELASYTH (Hellenic Association for Systemic Therapy) and EFTA (European Association for Family Therapy). She is a member of the board of FETE (Federation for Existential Therapy in Europe). Chair of the FETE organizing committee of the 2nd European Existential Therapy Conference in Athens (2020). Co-chair of the organizing committee of the 3rd World Existential Therapy Congress to be held in Athens (2023).

(This Dialogue is part of “Existential Dialogues”. You can book each dialogue independently for £40 or the ten dialogues for £300 book here)

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PROGRAMME:
Dr MANU BAZZANO “Therapy and the Daimonic” (22 January)
Dr KATERINA ZYMNIS “Diving into the Co-Created World of the Psychotherapeutic Encounter” (19 February)
Dr TODD DUBOSE “The Power of Phenomenological Openness” (19 March)
MICHAEL MONTGOMERY “Reconciling the Past” (23 April)
Dr YAQUI MARTINEZ “Challenges to Existential Therapeutic Practice” (21 May)
BÁRBARA GODOY “Brainstorming the Basis of an Existential Laboratory” (18 June)
Dr BETTY CANNON “In the Spirit of Play: Toward a Psychology of Freedom” (23 July)
Dr GREG MADISON “Is Existence the Same as Experience in Existential Therapy?” (15 October)
Dr XUEFU WANG “Zhimian: an Existential Approach as Viewed from Chinese Culture”
(19 November)
Dr KEN BRADFORD “Radical Authenticity” (17 December)

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