We are delighted to announce that Emmy van Deurzen, the renowned philosopher, counselling psychologist and existential psychotherapist, will be speaking for us in London next month.  

A profile of Emmy van Deurzen

From being born in post-war Netherlands, studying, training and working in France, coming to the UK in 1977 to work with the anti-psychiatrists and going on to create several training organisations, Emmy’s life and 45-year career as a therapist has never been dull. 

She founded the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling at Regent’s University, the Society for Existential Analysis, and the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling at the Existential Academy in London, of which she continues to be Principal. She was the first chair of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and has chaired and directed many other organisations and institutions.

Her application of philosophical ideas to psychology, psychotherapy, counselling and coaching has been instrumental in establishing the existential paradigm firmly in the UK, Europe and worldwide. She lectures internationally and her seventeen books have been translated into a dozen languages. 

Find out more about about Emmy.

Emmy's talk

Existential therapy emphasises the importance of the cultural, political and spiritual dimensions of life, alongside physical, psychological and social ones. Its philosophy invites us to ask the big questions, to set life events in perspective and to be aware of paradoxes and tensions. Existential work is very much about understanding and a search for truth, purpose and meaning.

In this talk Emmy will speak about the intricate connections between her personal experience, her therapeutic framework and her human rights activism. She will bring together elements of philosophy and psychology to raise a number of topical issues and ask some poignant questions.


  • event registration starts at 6.30pm and Emmy will start her lecture at 7.30pm
  • there will be a 30 minute interval and an opportunity to purchase refreshments
  • at 9pm there will be discussion panel with Emmy and questions from the audience
  • the event will finish at 9.45pm


Great Hall

The People's Palace

Queen Mary University of London

327 Mile End Road 


E1 4NS

Attend online

If you'd prefer to watch the event from home, sign up for the webcast.

To submit a question for Emmy please email katy.hobday@bacp.co.uk