Professor Ernesto Spinelli

Professor Ernesto Spinelli

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.

Ernesto is Director of ES Associates, an organization dedicated to the advancement of psychotherapy, coaching, and supervision through specialist seminars and training programmes. His most recent book, Practising Existential Psychotherapy: The Relational World 2nd editon (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).


Past and Current Confer Events


Advances in Relational Psychotherapy
Online module

Existential Uncertainty
Saturday 28 July 2018 – Dublin

Working Therapeutically with Uncertainty – An Existential Perspective
Saturday 1 March 2014

Relatedness, Uncertainty and Anxiety: The Practice of Contemporary Existential Psychotherapy
Saturday 19 January 2013

Live Supervision
Friday 24 April 2009

Therapeutic Alliance
10 Wednesday evenings from 9 April 2008


Danielle Knafo and Rocco Lo Bosco (2020) Confer


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