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The Challenge of Uncertainty with Ernesto Spinelli

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The Challenge of Uncertainty - An Existential Perspective

Professor Ernesto Spinelli

Current issues such as global instability, climate change, and Brexit have led to increased levels of anxiety and confusion. These highlight the degree to which uncertainly permeates our lives. At the same time pundits and experts constantly remind us that 'we are in an entirely novel set of circumstances'. As a result, 'We can assume nothing and cannot rely on past solutions.' All of this leads to significant unease and confusion.

Among contemporary psychotherapeutic models, existential therapy emphasises the inevitability of uncertainty. Within its foundational stance of relatedness, there is no single point of focus. "I" can never fully determine, with complete and final certainty: what and how the world will be; how others will be; or even how "I" will be at any time.

The inevitability of uncertainty, and the openness of existence it proclaims, alert us to certain things. Notably, that prior knowledge, values, assumptions and beliefs regarding self, others and the world are problematic. These may be 'opened' to challenge, reconsideration or dissolution at any time. Paradoxically, existential psychology argues that uncertainty remains a constant given of human experience, not just an occasional and temporary consequence of unusual circumstances.

If existential therapy is correct in this, what might it tell us about the practical aspects of working with uncertainty as therapists and counsellors?

The CPD Seminar will address this issue. It will consider how to draw out and work with the (often) implicit fears and concerns regarding the uncertainty experienced by both therapists and clients. And it will look at how their constructive possibilities may be enhanced and incorporated into the therapeutic encounter.

Professor Ernesto Spinelli was Chair of the Society for Existential Analysis between 1993 and 1999 and is a Life Member of the Society. His writings, lectures and seminars focus on the application of existential-phenomenology to the arenas of therapy, psychology, and executive coaching. He is a UKCP registered existential psychotherapist, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) as well as an APECS accredited executive coach and coaching supervisor. In 1999, Ernesto was awarded a Personal Chair as Professor of psychotherapy, counselling and counselling psychology. And in 2000, he was the recipient of the BPS Division of Counselling Psychology Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession. His most recent book, Practising Existential Therapy: The Relational World 2nd edition (Sage, 2015) has been widely praised as a major contribution to the advancement of existential theory and practice. His previous books include: The Interpreted World: an introduction to phenomenological psychology, 2nd ed (Sage, 2005); Demystifying Therapy (PCCS, 2006); Tales of Un-knowing (PCCS, 2006); and The Mirror and The Hammer: challenging therapeutic orthodoxies (Sage, 2001). Ernesto is currently at work on several projects whose completion remains entirely uncertain.


The booking fee includes lunch, parking and refreshmants.

Certificates of attendance will be provided (5 hours CPD)

If you have any queries please contact:

Nikkita on 01832 272916 or email nikkita@matrix-training.org


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