Regional hubs 

The Regional Hubs throughout the world are the core of the Existential Movement.  New hubs are still being added.  We will be adding new hubs through 2024, and more information about the training and services provided by each hub.  The current hub leaders are listed below and can be contacted for further information Existential Movement has been actively establishing regional hubs worldwide, each led by distinguished individuals who contribute significantly to the movement's development.

The leaders of the hubs are: 

Australia

Dr Alison Strasser 

Dr Strasser is a practising psychotherapist, coach, and supervisor. She is also an educator with a passion for imparting how existential themes can be integrated into every therapeutic approach. In recent times, she has become interested in how this philosophical attunement to the wider world issues can be brought ethically and responsibly into the therapeutic space.  She was instrumental in creating the existential curriculum for many counselling and psychotherapy trainings in Australia and founded Centre for Existential Practice in 2008. Her doctorate focused on the process of supervision, work that led to a framework for supervisor training, now a major component of CEP’s annual program. Alison co-authored Time-Limited Existential Therapy with her father, Freddie Strasser and in 2022, published a revised edition. 
 
Contact information  
Website: cep.net.au
Email: [email protected]

Africa

Dr Julia Kukard

Aephoria Partners is based in Cape Town, South Africa. The business was started by Dr Simon Kettleborough and Dr Julia Kukard, both of whom have completed a DProf at the NSPC. We work globally to train coaches, provide coaching and leadership development. We have developed an assessment that combines the Enneagram with a maturity assessment. The maturity assessment is based on a framework developed in Harvard but combines existential aspects that explore relationship to anxiety, death and money. Our work is deeply informed by existential ideas. Below are some of the activities we have been up to recently. Please feel free to visit our website www.aephoriapartners.com - where you can also sign up for our newsletter.

We run leadership development programmes globally and in the first three months of this year have run programmes in South Africa, Thailand, Dubai and the US. These programmes are informed by existential ideas about leadership and leader’s roles in times of complexity and chaos.

Aephoria trains coaches and our second level of accreditation on human maturation includes an existential component on leadership freedom. We use the work of Heidegger, Sartre and African existentialists Fanon, Biko and Mbembe to bring richness to this work.

We provide a free coach supervision session once a month on a variety of topics often existential in nature. This is attended by coaches from SA, UK, USA and Europe. Last month Simon and Julia ran a session on stabilising one’s inner world in a context of turbulence and pain. This month Dr Helena Dolny spoke on living well and dying well. You can find recordings of these and other sessions on our Aephoria YouTube channel.
 
Contact information 
Website: www.aephoriapartners.com

China

Dr Xuefu Wang

Dr Wang has authored 13 books and numerous articles. In his extensive collaboration with existential psychologists across the world, especially in the US and UK, he has become a leading practitioner and promoter of existential psychology in China. 
 
Contact information
Website: www.ep-china.org
Email: [email protected]

Europe

Dr Nancy Hakim Dowek

As well as hosting the Steering Committee of the Existential Movement, and coordinating the International Advisory Board, the European hub has strong links with the Existential Academy whose courses, including continuing professional development courses, are available at reduced fees for supporters of the Existential Movement.
 
Contact information
Email: [email protected]  

Latin America

Dr Susana Signorelli

Dr Signorelli currently trains new existential therapists and has written five books and contributed many papers to journals and chapters to books. She founded ALPE, the Latin American Association for Existential Therapy and was its first President. From 2010 to the present, she is editor and director of the Latin American Journal of Existential Psychology, ALPE's dissemination organ. In Argentina she is president of the CAPAC Foundation.

ALPE is a group of professionals committed to the development of Existential Therapy in Latin America. Consolidated in 2010, ALPE organises conferences, trainings, courses and publications that promote the Existential perspective of psychology and therapy in different countries. 

 
Contact information
Website: www.alpexistential.com
Email: [email protected]

North America

Dr Kirk Schneider

Dr K Schneider is a licensed psychologist and leading spokesperson for contemporary existential-humanistic and existential-integrative psychology. Dr. Schneider is past editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, adjunct faculty at Saybrook University and Teachers College, Columbia University, and president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute (EHI), He is also a Fellow of five divisions of the American Psychological Association (Humanistic, PsychotherapyClinical, Theoretical and Philosophical, and Independent Practice) as well as a frequent speaker at conferences and in the media. His most recent book is  Life-Enhancing Anxiety: Key to a Sane World

Dr Schneider has had successful workshops facilitating the Experiential Democracy Dialogue (EDD) at Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY and for the Global Psychology Alliance of the American Psychological Association (APA).  He has at least two more EDD events, in addition to the one planned for the EM, in the next couple months for the New York State Psychological Association and the Covid Trauma Task Force representing 14 Divisions of the APA. 

Dr Schneider also has a YouTube channel called Corps of Depth Healers which aims to o provide a resource for existentially, humanistically, and psychodynamically oriented service providers to apply their practices to social crises of our times. The further aim is to encourage viewers to apply these samples to affordable, in depth caregiving. This channel is affiliated with the Existential Movement, which advocates for applications of existential practice to the larger social world.

Contact information

Website: kirkjschneider.com
Email:  [email protected]
Institute: ehinstitute.org
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kschneider56

Singapore

Dr Magdalen Cheng 

 
Magdalen is currently working on promoting an Asian Existential blog aimed at putting up engaging content for Asian audiences to learn more about existential psychology. 
 
"I have two upcoming projects for next year. The first will be launching an IG page that will share more about existential ideas which will most likely be catered towards millennials. This social media page will touch on typical questions and paradoxes experienced by Asians and how existential ideas or concepts can help them navigate their lives. Through IG,  I hope to be aligned with the EM’s aim of using social media to spread existential ideas and allowing people to interact and ask questions about concrete life issues they are struggling with.
 
Another project that I have in mind is to  run personal and professional development workshops. I will be working with other colleagues in the field in Singapore who work with different modalities (e.g. music therapy, drama, dance therapy etc) but resonate with the existential attitude. The objective of this project is in alignment to the EM’s aim of providing an educational hub, where younger people can have access to learning about existential ideas in such a way that they can more easily find new direction and a sense of meaning and purpose in the world. I believe that existential therapy is just one of the many ways and others may benefit through creative arts as well"
 
Contact information 
Website: www.encompassing.co 
Email: [email protected]