Regent's University London

Course Introduction

This programme provides specialist psychotherapy training emphasising the challenges, innovations and re'interpretations of the therapeutic encounter. The course will prepare you for advanced professional work in both private and institutional practice. Successful completion will bring eligibility for registration with the appropriate professional bodies. Existential psychotherapy is a professional, down'to'earth form of therapy which responds to an inner prompt to find out who we really are and how we really want to live. The emphasis is on the question of existence rather than just cognitive notions of self, experience rather than psychological theories. The course contrasts comprehension of existential philosophy within the rational realm and apprehension of philosophy as practice within the phenomenal realm of immediate experience. You will learn to relate and apply the philosophical underpinnings of existential psychotherapy to your life and work with clients.

Course Modules

Year 1 modules include: Heidegger and existential psychotherapy; existence and therapy; the body, love and sexuality. Year 2 modules include: research methods within the existential paradigm; intersubjectivity and relatedness; critical psychopathology and existential therapy; language; ethics; student'led seminars communication.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Part Time
Advanced Diploma - ADV Dip

Qualifications required:

  • Students require: completion of either the taught components of the MA Psychotherapy and Counselling, or an equivalent Master's level professional training in psychotherapy, counselling or counselling psychology; a minimum of 100 client-contact hours in a formal clinical placement, and a minimum of two years’ regular individual psychotherapy; applicants are required to demonstrate emotional maturity and an ability to be self-reflective, function effectively and ethically under pressure, and to manage conflict constructively; attendance at interview required before an unconditional offer can be made; fluency in English required (IELTS 7.0).