THS is a vibrant and diverse group of like-minded individuals devoted to the practice of authentic human care. We are a clinic where tradition meets innovation located in the heart of London’s medical district.
Our Mission is to support the therapeutic endeavour in the community, not just in terms of its practice but also to generate an environment for continuing professional development and research in a way that facilitates self-inquiry and creativity. Ultimately, we aim to support individuals to come together and share insights regarding the meaning of being human and through this promote a deeper understanding of “how to live well”.
About THS and our CPD Programme
Our Continuing Professional Development Programme designed by Bábara Godoy, founder-director of Therapy Harley Street, has been running since 2017 in collaboration with Prof Ernesto Spinelli and a number of outstanding international contributors to the field.
“This training was born as an answer to the following question: “What is the most conducive environment to train Existential Therapists?” Its programme aims to offer a bridge over the gap between the existential-phenomenological emphasis on the importance of experience and the courses on offer. Our mission is to engage in open dialogue with authorities in the field to reflect on questions like: “What level of “Existential Fitness” might be required to practice this radical art?” Bárbara Godoy
The programme consists of four modules which count as credits towards the ICTEPP
1- Theory Module (40 credits)
10 hours of attendance (Dialogues/Lectures)
20 hours minimum recommended reading (from a list of 30 titles related to the Dialogue/Lecture)
End of the year 2000 words essay demonstrating an understanding of key existential concepts and the opening to produce philosophical thinking relevant to human psychology in a way that expands the therapeutic field.
2- Practice Module (40 credits)
20 hours of attendance (Experiential Study Group/Workshop)
10 hours minimum from recommended multimedia material
End of the year 2000 words process report describing how the participants absorbed and processed the learning material through hands on exercises and the group dynamic.
3- Supervision Module (40 credits)
30 hours of attendance (Advanced Supervision Group)
End of the year 2000 words case study exploring at least three key main existential topics.
4- Personal Development Module
37.5 hours of attendance (Unlocking Our Selves)
End-of-term (three terms per year) presentation in the group articulating breakthroughs and insights through creative means in order to communicate and express the subjective experience in flow.
*A minimum of 80% attendance is required to obtain the credits for each module. In order to protect the quality of the sessions latecomers won’t be admitted. We recommend you enter the waiting room at least 5 minutes before the beginning of the session. Unfortunately, we cannot make any exceptions.
* Essays must be sent by the last day of the course to email@example.com. Remember to clarify in the email subject the ‘Module title” and the teacher.
ICTEPP Foundation Certificate 2023
The foundation certificate could be completed in one or up to two years by fulfilling the requirements and passing the four core modules:
Theory module: Existential Dialogues
Practice Module: Experiential Study Group
Self Development Module: Unlocking Ourselves Group
Supervision Module: Advance Supervision Group
Full-year course fee £2440 (paid upfront)
Payments can also be done in 10 instalments of £260
Entry requirements and Fees 2023
This programme would be most relevant to professional therapists who want to deepen their understanding of practising existentially. However, it would be of important value to a number of other professionals, particularly in the area of mental health, leadership, education, social and ecological matters, spirituality and the arts. It is aimed at people who are seeking the experience of being and have the courage to ask questions that deconstruct everyday assumptions. The methodology is designed to prompt insight through group synergy. The teaching style avoids hierarchical notions and on the contrary, aims to emphasise the respect for subjective world-views and mobilise trust in our shared experience. Apply here >
Upon completion of all requirements, participants will receive a certificate on existential practice (foundation level) and will be eligible for THS registered professional membership.
List of 2023 recommended reading for the Existential Dialogues:
Topic: “Space” recommended reading by Prof Ernesto Spinelli:
Binswanger, L. (1963). Being-in-the-World: Selected Papers of Ludwig Binswanger. (J. Needleman, trans.) New York: Harper Torchbooks.
Spinelli, E. (2006). Tales of Un-Knowing: Therapeutic encounters from an existential perspective. Hay-on-Wye: PCCS Books.
Spinelli, E. (2005) The Interpreted World: An introduction to phenomenological psychology (2nd Edition). London: Sage.
Topic: “Resoluteness” recommended reading by Dr Todd Dubose:
Heidegger, M. (1964). Being and Time, (particularly Division Two, Section II), Macquarrie, J. and Robinson, E., Trans. New York: Harper and Row. pp. 312-348.
Schurmann, R. and Critchley, S. (2008). On Heidegger’s Being and Time (particularly regarding Critchley’s “Original Inauthenticity”). London: Routledge. pp. 132-152.
Tillich, P. (2014). The courage to be. New Haven: Yale.
Topic: “Meaning” recommended reading by Dr Katerina Zymnis:
Spinelli, E. (2005). The interpreted world: An introduction to phenomenological psychology. Sage.
Frankl, V. E. (2014). The will to meaning: Foundations and applications of logotherapy. Penguin.
Tillich, P. (2008). The courage to be. Yale University Press.
May, R. (2015). The discovery of being. WW Norton & Company.
Topic: “Responsibility” recommended reading by Dr Ken Bradford:
Ken Bradford, PhD. (2021).Opening Yourself: The Psychology and Yoga of Self-liberation. Sumeru Press.
Ken Bradford, PhD. (2013). The I of the Other: Mindfulness-based Diagnosis and the Question of Sanity. Paragon House.
James Bugental. (1978). Psychotherapy and Process. Random House
Topic: “Embodiment” recommended reading by Dr Greg Madison:
Greg Madison (Ed.) (2014)Theory and Practice of Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy. Beyond the Talking Cure (Vol.1) Jessica Kingsley Publications, London/New York
Gendlin, Eugene T. (1998). Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy: A Manual of the Experiential
Method. New York, NY: The Guilford Press
Focusing-oriented Therapies: https://www.youtube.com/@FocusingOrientedTherapies
Topic: “Play” recommended reading by Dr Betty Cannon:
D.W. Winnicott’s classic: Playing and Reality.
Johan Huizinga’s classic book on play: Homo Ludens. (It doesn’t specifically discuss psychotherapy, but it’s good on defining play in general and discussing its many manifestations throughout history and cultures.)
In the Spirit of Play: Applied Existential Psychotherapy from Reed Lindberg and Dr Betty Cannon (Article on this topic for a special edition of the International Journal of Psychotherapy on existential therapy. Download it here >)
Topic: “Identity” recommended reading by Dr Yaqui Martinez
Mark Siderits et al; “Self, No Self”
Shaun Gallagher; “The Oxford handbook of the Self”
Dan Zahavi; “Self and other”
Topic: “Dreams” recommended reading by Prof Robert Romanyshin:
RR Promotion video https://vimeo.com/798811602/4e7ff91e6a.
Full video https://vimeo.com/794443880/421a526b15
Dreams and the Anthropological Conditions of Dreaming, in Charles E. Scott (ed.). On Dreaming: An Encounter with Medard Boss (1977). Scholars Press.
Machiel Klerk (2022). Dream Guidance. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House.
Topic: “Spirituality” recommended reading by Bárbara Godoy:
Nietzsche, Friedrich (2003). Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Published by Penguin Classics.
Yalom, Irvin (2012). The Spinoza Problem. Published by Basic Books (AZ)
Dao, De Jing (2020). The illustrated library of Chinese classics, 7. Published by Princenton University Press
List of 2023 recommended multimedia for the Experiential Study Group:
Yalom, Irvin D (1995). Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy. Published by Basic Books.
Janov, Arthur (1981). The primal Scream. Published by Perigee Trade Paperback
Moreno, J. L. (1987). The Essential Moreno: Writings on Psychodrama, Group Method, and Spontaneity. Published by Springer Publishing Company.
Reich, Wilhelm (1963). The Sexual Revolution: Toward a Self- Regulating Character Structure. Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.