18 modules, 4.5 days per module

Subjects: personality theories, theory of existence, existential motivations in theory and practice, methods of working with clients, clinical theory (psychopathology, aetiology) and self-reflection groups.

50 hours of self-awareness *

Individual sessions with course lecturers or with therapists, certified by GLE-International.

150 hours of group supervision *

Supervision of client cases: at least 150 hours (individual and in groups) including discussion of 5-7 cases from students’ own practice.

Practical work *

At least 450 hours of client work conducted by the student, supported by reports.

Topics for the psychotherapeutic training in Existential Analysis

0. 2-day introductory seminar

  • Self-reflection in a group format


1. Introduction and framework to Existential Analysis

  • What is Existential Analysis (EA) and Logotherapy (LT)?

  • Definition and area of application

  • Basic Existential Analysis theory, linking the main trends of psychotherapy

  • History of EA and LT

  • Goal of Existential Analysis education in the field of psychotherapy and counselling

  • Philosophical basis and specific character of working in Existential Analysis

  • Spiritual and historical background of EA and LT

  • Existential Analysis anthropology

  • Psychometric methods of EA and LT


2. Existential Analysis theory of motivations

  • The idea of helping and its motivation

  • The theories of motivations

  • Psychodynamics

  • Four fundamental motivations in EA


3. 1st fundamental motivation: existence in the world and personal trust

  • The ability “to be” as one of the key issues of existence

  • Coping skills of unreliability and endurance

  • Being able to accept life outcomes

  • Preconditions to acceptance: protection, space and support

  • Trust and courage, “The armchair method” exercise

  • Relationship with the body

  • Belief in truth, fundamental trust, the basis of existence

  • Topics related to the 1st FM: quietness, truth, faithfulness, power, hope, belief

  • Phenomenology


4. 2nd fundamental motivation: Life and personal attitude

  • Values and preferences as the key issues of life

  • Loss of life, coping reactions, sadness

  • Personal activity: attentive existence

  • Preconditions for transformation: 1st FM + positive experience of intimacy (closeness), time, and relationships

  • Study of Values

  • Study of Emotions

  • Fundamental values, fundamental attitudes

  • Topics related to 2nd FM: love, self-acceptance, joy, enjoyment

5. 3rd fundamental motivation: communal and personal

  • To be able to be myself as one of the key issues of “Person”

  • Loss of self; coping reacting, forgiving

  • Respect

  • Preconditions for self-worth: 1st FM + 2nd FM - attention, justification, respect

  • Ethics, Super-ego / Social-ego

  • Person, self-distancing, self-transcendence

  • Self-worth, authenticity, consciousness

  • Selfness

  • Topics related to 3rd FM: respect, honour


6. 4th Fundamental Motivation: Existential meaning

  • The reason for existence

  • Meaning blockade and loss of meaning; coping reactions under loss of meaning; Existential twist

  • Preconditions for existential twist: 1st FM + 2nd FM + 3rd FM, the context, the  terrestrial life, the will to live with meaning, method of finding meaning

  • Will-power; will strengthening method

  • The Study of Meaning; crisis intervention, the attitude change method

  • Existence, Execution, Development

  • Related topics: Being religious; purpose, target setting, existential vacuum

7. Therapeutic relationships and dialogue

  • Therapeutic Setting

  • Therapeutic relationship in EA, the Meeting

  • Thе guidance on conducting a talk - a therapeutic dialogue, treating resistance


8. Fear, phobia, panic, compulsion; fearful personality disorder

  • Nosology and psychopathology

  • Phenomenology and the experience

  • Etiology, dynamics and forms of fear

  • Existential analytical understanding of anxiousness

  • Fearful personality

  • Prophylaxis

  • Specific therapy and specific techniques


9. Depression, bipolar depression; depressive personality disorder

  • Nosology and psychopathology

  • Phenomenology and the experience; Grief

  • Etiology, dynamics and forms of depression

  • Existential analytical understanding of depressivity

  • Depressive personality

  • Prophylaxis

  • Specific Therapy and specific techniques

10. Hysteria, somatoform disorders, histrionic personality disorder


  • Nosology and psychopathology

  • Phenomenology and the experience

  • Etiology, dynamics and forms of hysteria

  • Existential analytical understanding of the histrionic vital experience

  • Histrionic personality development

  • Prophylaxis

  • Specific therapy and specific techniques


11. More personality disorders (narcissistic and borderline)


  • Nosology and psychopathology

  • Phenomenology and the experience

  • Etiology, dynamics and forms of personality disorders

  • Existential analytical understanding

  • Specific therapy and specific techniques


12. Schizophrenic psychoses and paranoid pathology


  • Nosology and psychopathology

  • Phenomenology and the world of experience

  • Etiology, dynamics and forms of psychoses

  • Existential analytical understanding

  • Specific therapy and specific techniques


13. General theory and practice of relationships


  • Love, sexuality, sexuality disorders, couple therapy

  • Aggression, violence


14. Other disorders


  • Addiction and dependence, eating disorders

  • Somatic disorder (psychosomatic)



15. General themes for clinical training


  • Existential analytical diagnostics

  • Healthy – sick: existential analytical psychopathology

  • Neurosis – psychoses – personality disorders

  • Elements of efficacy in psychotherapy

* Individual consultations (individual self-reflection), private and group supervision, exam retakes are charged separately.


Existential Analysis and

Logotherapy in the UK


Dr Laengle is the founder of Existential Analysis. He is the organiser and is responsible for the training students will undertake in EA. He is assisted in the UK by Julia Morozova and Aleksandra Kupavskaya. Both are trained psychotherapists and assist Dr Laengle in the running of Existential Analysis in the UK.

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