Emmy van Deurzen

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Emmy van Deurzen
Born (1951-12-13) 13 December 1951 (age 69)
OccupationExistential therapist, professor

Emmy van Deurzen (born 13 December 1951 in The Hague, Netherlands)[1] is an existential therapist. She developed a philosophical therapy based in existential-phenomenology.


van Deurzen was born and raised in The Netherlands, then went to France to study, where she earned a master's degree, and wrote her thesis on phenomenology and psychiatry.[2] She worked as psychotherapist in France, then moved to the UK in 1977, where she became involved in antipsychiatry activism and worked for some time with R. D. Laing.[2] She came to her own version of existential therapy, and started teaching at Antioch University, after which she moved to Regent's University London when the program moved there, joining the Regent's faculty when the program was incorporated into the college.[2]

She published her first book on her approach in 1987 and the next year founded the Society for Existential Analysis (SEA) and its Journal of Existential Analysis.[2][3] After she left Regent's, she founded the New School for Psychotherapy and Counselling, and a conflict resolution centre.[2] In 2005 she became an honorary professor at the University of Sheffield.[4]


As listed by the University of Sheffield.[4]


  • Skills in Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy, 2nd Edition (2016). Co-authored with Martin Adams, London: Sage.
  • Paradox and Passion in Psychotherapy, Second Edition (2015). Chichester: Wiley
  • Existential Perspectives on Relationship Therapy (2013). Edited with Susan Iacovou, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling in Practice, Third Edition (2012), London: Sage Publications
  • Existential Perspectives on Coaching (2012). Co-edited with Monica Hanway, London: Palgrave, Macmillan
  • Skills in Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy (2011). Co-authored with Martin Adams, London: Sage Publications
  • Everyday Mysteries: A Handbook of Existential Psychotherapy, Second Edition (2010), London: Routledge
  • Existential Perspectives on Supervision (2009). Co-edited with Sarah Young, London: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Psychotherapy and the Quest for Happiness (2008), London: Sage Publications
  • Dictionary of Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling (2005). With Raymond Kenward, London: Sage
  • Existential Perspectives on Existential and Human Issues (2005). Edited with Claire Arnold-Baker, Basingstoke: Palgrave, Macmillan
  • Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling in Practice, Second Edition (2002), London: Sage
  • Paradox and Passion in Psychotherapy (1998), Chichester: Wiley
  • Everyday Mysteries: Existential Dimensions of Psychotherapy (1997), London: Routlegde
  • Existential Counselling in Practice (1988), London: Sage
  • Das Kapital: Existential Perspectives (1987)


  1. ^ "Emmy Van Deurzen". Archived from the original on 2011-10-20. Retrieved 2011-09-22. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b c d e Kass, Sarah A. (11 March 2013). "Don't Fall Into Those Stereotype Traps". Journal of Humanistic Psychology. 54 (2): 131–157. doi:10.1177/0022167813478836.
  3. ^ "History and Philosophy". The Society for Existential Analysis. Retrieved 10 February 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b "Staff Profile at University of Sheffield". Archived from the original on 2012-10-04. Retrieved 2011-09-22. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

Further reading[edit]

  • Taylor, Maye (1995). "Tuning in: An interview with Emmy van Deurzen-Smith". British Journal of Guidance & Counselling. 23 (1): 127–137. doi:10.1080/03069889508258066.

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