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Van Deurzen, Emmy, PhD, FBPsS




Emmy van Deurzen is a philosopher, existential psychotherapist and counselling psychologist, with a dozen books to her name.  She was the inspiration and creative force behind the launch of the Society for Existential Analysis and its Journal of the same name in 1988, the same year that her book Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy in Practice was first published by Sage.  She founded both the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling at Regent’s College and the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, of which she continues to be Principal. Her application of philosophical ideas to psychology, psychotherapy, counselling and coaching has revolutionized the field and has established the existential approach firmly in the UK, inspiring many European and international developments. Her work has been translated into a dozen languages and she lectures all around the world.  She is visiting Professor of Psychotherapy with Middlesex University and has been a professor with Regent’s College and an honorary professor with Schiller International University and the University of Sheffield as well as a visiting fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge. She was the first chair of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and external relations’ officer to the European Association for Psychotherapy and representative to the European Commission and the Council of Europe for many years.

Amongst her books are the bestseller Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling in Practice, Psychotherapy and the Quest for Happiness (Sage, 2009) and Everyday Mysteries (2nd edition Routledge, 2010). Sage published her co-authored book Skills in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling in 2011. 

Emmy lives in the peak district with her husband Prof. Digby Tantam, where she enjoys hill walking alongside her writing, painting and singing song-writing.