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Existential Counselling — An Introduction with Mick Cooper

  • Lifetime Therapy 77 Lemon Street Truro, England, TR1 United Kingdom (map)

Existential therapy is a diverse, vibrant, and wonderfully rich tapestry of understandings and methods that have the potential to make a valuable contribution to the work of any counsellor, psychotherapist or psychologist. It is one of the oldest forms of therapy, yet still one of the most innovative and radical.

Existential therapy is orientated around the development of a deep relational bond with the client, which allows the client to explore the most fundamental aspects of their existence. This includes questions like: ‘What is the meaning of my life?’, ‘What choices can I make?’ and ‘How do I face the limits of my circumstances?’

This workshop introduces participants to the basic principles of existential philosophy and therapy and looks at how practitioners of all orientations can integrate these ideas and practices into their own work.

This workshop is appropriate for training and practising counsellors, psychotherapists, counselling psychologists and other mental health professionals.


By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the core principles of existential philosophy
  • Understand the principal aims and forms of existential counselling and psychotherapy
  • Apply existential understanding of freedom and choice to their therapeutic practice
  • Apply existential understanding of limitations to their therapeutic practice
  • Apply existential understandings of meaning and purpose to their therapeutic practice


  • Session 1: Introduction to existential philosophy and therapy
  • Session 2: Working with freedom and choice
  • Session 3: Facing the limitations of existence
  • Session 4: Helping clients find meaning and purpose in life


The workshop combines self-development exercises, theoretical input, practical exercises, and small and large group discussion.

The workshop is appropriate for training and practising counsellors, psychotherapists, counselling psychologists and other mental health professionals.


Sunday 2 June 2019, 9:30am start, 4:30pm finish. Lifetime Therapy, 77 Lemon Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2PN (first floor, no lift)

Vegan lunch box option available and tea and coffee available throughout the day. Concessions are for students and unemployed people only.


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Mick Cooper is co-author of Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy (first published in 2005 with Dave Mearns), and recently returned to Brighton after 11 years living in Glasgow. He is an internationally recognised author, trainer and consultant in the field of person-centred and humanistic therapies.  Mick is a counsellor, psychotherapist and Chartered Psychologist; and Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton.  Mick has facilitated workshops and lectures around the world, including Australia, Lithuania and Florida. Mick's books include Existential Therapies (Sage, 2017), The Handbook of Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling (Palgrave, 2013, 2nd ed.), and Essential Research Findings in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Sage, 2008). Mick's principal areas of research have been in shared decision-making/personalising therapy, and person-centred counselling in schools.  In 2014, Mick received the Carmi Harari Mid-Career Award from Division 32 (Humanistic Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. He is a Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Academy of Social Sciences.



  • A range of downloadable resources on existential therapy, from the book Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling, can be found by clicking here. This includes articles on existential therapy, group training exercises, and therapeutic tools

  • Annotated existential therapies reading list



Correia, E., Cooper, M., & Berdondini, L. (2016). Existential therapy institutions worldwide: An update of data and the extensive list. Existential Analysis, 27(1), 155-200.

Correia, E., Cooper, M., & Berdondini, L. (2016). Worldwide list of existential psychotherapy institutions. Dasein, 5(Special issue), 83-131.

Correia, E. A., Sartóris, V., Fernandes, T., Cooper, M., Berdondini, L., Sousa, D., Pires, B., da Fonseca, J. (2016). The practices of existential psychotherapists: development and application of an observational grid. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 1-16. doi: 10.1080/03069885.2016.1254723

Vos, J., Cooper, M., Correia, E., & Craig, M. (2015). Existential therapies: A review of their scientific foundations and efficacy. Existential Analysis, 16(1), 49-69.

Vos, J., Cooper, M., Correia, E., & Craig, M. (2015). Existential therapies: A discussion and review of research methodologies and the evidence base to date. International Journal of Psychotherapy, 19(1), 47-57.

Willig, C., Berguno, G., Cooper, M., Milton, M., du Plock, S., & Spinelli, E. (2015). The challenge to theory in existential psychotherapy. Existential Analysis, 26(2), 225-236.

Correia, E., Cooper, M., & Berdondini, L. (2014). Existential Psychotherapy: An international Survey of the Key Authors and Texts Influencing Practice. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy.  doi: 10.1007/s10879-014-9275.

Correia, E., Correia, K., Cooper, M., & Berdondini, L. (2014). Psicoterapia existencial latinoamericana en la actualidad. Revista Latinoamericana de Psicología Existencial, 9, 26-37.

Vos, J., Craig, M., & Cooper, M. (2014). Existential therapies: A meta-analysis of their effects on psychological outcomes. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. doi: 10.1037/a0037167