EA Training Cohort

The International Society for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis (GLE-International) and the International Society for Existential Analytical Psychotherapy (ISEAP) (both Vienna, Austria) are providing a complete training in existential analytical psychotherapy and/or counselling in Vancouver, BC.

What is unique about training in Existential Analysis?

Many recent graduates of counselling/psychotherapy training programs in North America note that they often do not feel well grounded in any particular orientation or approach. Part of the reason for this is surely that most Masters, PhD, and other training programs have adopted a generalist approach to teaching counselling/psychotherapy. This training program in Existential Analysis is designed to help counsellors/psychotherapists deepen their understanding of themselves as persons and the process of therapy through a well-rounded and in-depth curriculum in Existential Analysis.

Several aspects of the training in Existential Analysis are particularly unique in the North American context and thus worth noting. Firstly, as a phenomenological approach to counselling/psychotherapy, the training program is grounded first and foremost in the experiences of the trainees. We begin to understand concepts that are elaborated in the training (ex: acceptance, trust, meaning, inner consent, etc.) by understanding the ways in which these emerge in our own lives. This approach facilitates both a richer understanding of each concept and makes it more accessible to the therapist when it is encountered with clients.

Secondly, this emergent understanding is then deepened even further in individual and small group work between seminars (for more information, see EA requirements link below). Thus, each trainee is continually challenged to grow as a person and as a therapist. This not only adds to their effectiveness in their therapeutic work, but also enriches their access to felt values in life. Ultimately, the aim in our training is to ensure not only that trainees understand the theoretical content and applied techniques of Existential Analysis, but that they have matured and developed in their personalities as persons and as counsellors/psychotherapists.

Training Options and Descriptions

There are five different types of training available. There is an Authentic Living Workshop series and also an Introduction to Existential Analysis Seminar. We also offer three longer trainings: a Basic Certificate or Counselling Diploma or Psychotherapy Diploma (for more details about requirements, see the link below). See descriptions for all trainings below.


This Introductory seminar is for individuals looking for either:
•    Professional development geared toward existential psychotherapy.
•    Or for those interested in the official certification/diploma EA training program for becoming an Existential Counsellor or Analyst.

The Introduction to EA is 5 days in total. These are offered in variations of 1 day, 2 day, and 3 day seminars. These 5 days are required to be completed as a gateway to the certification and diploma programs. A certificate can also be achieved after completing the 5 days and writing a small exam.


– 44 to 54 seminar days.
– Duration ~ 2 ½ to 3 years.

This Basic Training Program consists of 44-54 training days (each group varies a little in days based on the length of experiential exercises/sharing and most groups lean toward the 54 days).

Instruction topics include the theory of personhood, the theory of existence, existential motivations in theory and practice, some general methods, and group-self-experience.
The Basic Certificate stands on its own for personal/professional development, but also serves as the foundation for the diploma levels of training in Existential Analysis.

**After completing the Basic Certificate, one could choose to either do the Counselling Diploma or Psychotherapy Diploma (each has its own set of requirements – one would not have to do both).**


– 7 additional clinical seminar days (to the 44-54 days of the basic cert).
– Plus 4 PD days (special seminars/congresses).
– Duration ~ 3 to 3 ½ years total training time (includes supervision) for completion of all

To receive a Counselling Diploma in EA, a seminar of 7 days will follow the basic certification.  These days are focused giving the clinician an overview of an Existential Analysis clinical perspective. This level qualifies a person as a certified Existential Counsellor.


– 36 to 46 additional seminar days (to the 44-54 days of the counselling diploma).
– Plus 7 PD days (special seminars/congresses).
– Duration ~ minimum 5-6 years, usually 6-7 years total training time including the counselling
diploma (includes supervision) for completion of all requirements.

Training for the Psychotherapy Diploma continues for 2 more years with further seminars on clinical theory. These seminars cover diagnostics, further methods, practical training, and insight into main diagnosis like anxieties, depression, personality disorders, addiction, psychosis, and treatment of non-clinical disturbances. This level qualifies a person as a certified Existential Analyst.


These workshops teach a way of being in the world and promote an authentic interaction with
life’s questions and encourage a “yes” to life. They are suitable for professional development for anyone training or working in the helping/healing/health fields. Participants can also take the workshops solely for personal development (short phone intake required). Each day-long workshop can be taken alone or towards taking the series of ten, where upon completion, a certificate is achieved from the Existential Analysis Society of Canada.

Additional Elements of the Three Levels of Training

These 3 levels are part-time, with a maximum of 20 training days per year. They are designed to be managed alongside current occupations and/or other training (people-helping professions or studies in counselling and/or psychology).

a) One individual admissions interview.
b) Two admission days at the start of the Basic Cert (included in the 44-54 days of training).
b) Self-experience in individual sessions.
c) Supervision.
d) Exams.
e) Practical work: practicum hours (can be completed as part of other training programs or in
private practice (not required for basic cert).
f) A written theoretical or practical paper or project (not required for basic cert).

Please see this link for more details about these additional elements of training: EA Certificate and Diploma requirements


Alfried Längle, M.D., Ph.D. and local Canadian trainers are responsible for the entire psychotherapeutic training. They may draw upon various other training staff to facilitate and enrich the training experience.

Cost (in Canadian Dollars)

The cost of a seminar day is CAN $135 (students $90). Each training year consists of approximately 20 days.  Other costs are self-paced, although it is recommended to participate in other aspects of the training alongside the seminars. There is a CAN $100 cost for the individual admission interview. Workshops and the Introduction seminars vary in fees.

Please see this link for more details about costs of training: EA Training Financial Costs

Student reductions at the seminars are available only to full-time students. Payment for each seminar is required a week or more prior to each seminar.  Payments may be made via cheque or e-mail transfer. Trainees are required to pay the tuition for each seminar, even if they are unable to attend all/part of it. This ensures the financial and organizational stability of the training. However, a trainee may make up a missed training seminar in another training cohort free of charge (provided that they have paid the fee).