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Posted by on Jun 25, 2017 in AGM News, SEA Conference | 0 comments

SEA Conference 2017

The theme of 2017’s Society for Existential Analysis Conference will be:

Naked and Dangerous

We live in increasingly challenging times; existence is difficult and people behave in ways that are often a struggle to comprehend. Many of our clients, whether through private practice or institutional settings, come to see us as a direct result of these challenges, difficulties and behaviours; some are a pleasure to work with, others, not so much.


  • In its simplest of terms ‘Naked’ is an adjective: ‘of a person or part of the body without clothes.’ But what does it mean to experience a sense of nakedness within the therapeutic setting? There can be something very beautiful about the intimacy of the therapeutic encounter, but what happens when the encounter becomes one where we are left feeling naked, exposed or defenceless?


  • If ‘Dangerous’ means: ‘likely to cause problems or to have adverse consequences’, how do we see the work we do, when, at times, it leaves clients struggling to come to terms with what they may feel are adverse consequences?


Existential psychotherapy has the opportunity, for both clients and practitioners, to experience just how vast our human possibilities and fallibilities are – this year’s conference invites you to engage with these, be it from a point of passion or one of critique.

Additionally, in light of feedback from the previous year’s conferences, we have also decided to hold a Town Hall style Debate/Discussion. Topic notwithstanding, there seem to be recurring themes and dialogues that take place at each year’s event, so we will be opening up the stage to facilitate this.

The conference will be taking place Saturday 11th November and the morning of Sunday 12th November at the NCVO, London.

We are really excited about the line up of speakers, presenters and workshop leaders appearing over the two days –


Keynote Address: Naomi Murphy – Embracing vulnerability in the midst of danger: therapy in a high secure prison

Saturday 11th November

1st Slot

Christian Schulz-Quach



The Nakededness of the Dead Body – A Phenomenological Exploration

Noam Israeli  

The Face of the Other – Levinasian perspectives on Nudity and Danger


Devang Vaidya The Psychotherapist’s New Clothes

2nd Slot

Glenn Smith



Naturism and Sexuality

Mark Rayner  

NHS short-term Existential Therapy


John Rowan Dialogical Self Theory

3rd Slot

Colin Clarke



Naked Means Naked

Natasha & Paola  

Death and the Therapist


Helen Brice Dangerous Subversion: Working with Diagnosis

Sunday 12th November

1st Slot

Hugh Knopf




My Death Becomes Me

Ben Scanlan  

Nakedness as a Necessity


Vicky Smith The Naked Self: Challenges Faced by Existential Therapy Trainees & Trainers

2nd Slot

Manu Bazzano



Grace and Danger

Del Loewenthal  

Privileging Practice over Theory and Technique


Will Yong TBC


Please send your submissions, questions and assertions to:

I look forward to seeing you in November


2017 Conference Coordinator

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