The aim of Existential Analysis, the journal of the Society for Existential Analysis, is to provide a forum for the expression of views and the exchange of ideas amongst those interested in existential-phenomenological analysis and its application to therapeutic practice and everyday life.

Existential Analysis is edited by Prof Simon du Plock & Dr Martin Adams. They can be contacted at In addition to our international Editorial Board, the journal also operates a Reader Panel, all of whom are well-established Existential therapists, psychologists and philosophers with expertise in various areas of existential-phenomenological theory and practice. The Reader Panel  contributes to the peer review process for publications and journal submissions.

Printed Hard copies of Existential Analysis are sent to current members each time there is a new edition and are available via this site until they run out. No further copies are printed after the initial print run.

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Journal index

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Volume 1: Founding Edition – 1990


  • What is Existential Analysis – John M. Heaton
  • What is Existential Analysis – Emmy van Deurzen-Smith
  • Phenomenological method and Client centred therapy – Ernesto Spinelli
  • Crisis Intervent...

Volume 2: R.D. Laing Memorial issue – 1991


  • Treatment – Andrea Sabbadini
  • On the existential phenomenological background of R.D.Laings ‘The Divided Self’ – Alfons Greider
  • Orientation – Aaron Esterson
  • R.D.Laing – The first five year...

Volume 3: Thomas Szasz on the Therapeutic Dialogue – 1992


  • Taking Dialogue as Therapy Seriously – Words are the Essential Tools of Therapy – Thomas Szasz
  • A Summary of ‘Taking Dialogue as Therapy Seriously’ – Arthur Jonathon
  • Dialogue as Therapy –...

Volume 4: Reconsidering the Unconscious – 1993


  • Dream Analysis: do we need the Unconscious – Gion Condrau
  • Everything is what it is, not something else. A response to Gion Condrau – Sarah Young
  • The Unconscious: an idea whose time has g...

Volume 5: Psychotherapy in question? – 1994


  • Courting Death : Mortal Ambitions of Existential Analysis – Emmy van Deurzen-Smith
  • The question of power in psychotherapy – Jeffrey Moussieff Masson
  • Questioning the power of psychotherap...

Volume 6.1: Worlds of Existential Psychotherapy I – 1995


  • On Disclosure – Ernesto Spinelli
  • Misconceptions in Existential Psychotherapy – Hans W Cohn
  • The Simon Silverman Phenomenology Centre : a brief history – Edward L Murray & Daniel Burston
  • T...

Volume 6.2: Worlds of Existential Psychotherapy II – 1995


  • Husserl, Phenomenology,and Psychology – Alfons Greider
  • Heidegger and Psychotherapy – Emmy van Deurzen-Smith
  • The condition of man in space – Rainer Thurnher
  • The seduction of Positivism: A...

Volume 7.1: The Legacy of Rollo May – 1996


  • Existential-Phenomenology for the consumer age: the promise and failure of EST – Ernesto Spinelli
  • Rollo May, Paul Tillich and Existential Psychotherapy in America – Robert Abzug
  • The Trag...

Volume 7.2: Phenomenological perspectives on Psychotherapy – 1996


  • Some idle and random thoughts on Phenomenology and Mental Health – F.A.Jenner and M.C.Chung
  • Psychiatry and Hermenutics: Dilthey, Heidegger and Gadamer – Anthony Hazzard
  • Anxiety: an Exist...

Volume 8.1 Martin Heidegger and Psychotherapy – 1997


  • Towards a sketch of an Existential Phenomenological theory of sexuality – Ernesto Spinelli
  • Why Heidegger – Gion Condrau
  • Martin Heideggers influence upon British psychology and Psychother...