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Emmy van Deurzen

  • PhD in Social Sciences
  • Principal
  • New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, London
  • 9PublicationsNumber of items in Emmy's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 35Followers


Emmy van Deurzen is a counselling psychologist, psychotherapist and philosopher. She has published eight books on existential therapy and on the application of philosophical ideas and methods to psychology. Her work has been translated into a dozen languages. She lectures and holds workshops all over the world and was the founder of the Society for Existential Analysis and its international Journal Existential Analysis. She established, directed and developed both Regent’s College School of Psychotherapy and Counselling and the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling in London of which she is Principal. She is visiting Professor of Psychotherapy with Middlesex University for whom she directs two doctoral programmes at NSPC. She has been a professor with Regent’s College and an honorary professor with Schiller International University and the University of Sheffield and a visiting fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge. She was the first chair of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and the European Association for Psychotherapy ambassador to the European Commission and Council of Europe for many years. Amongst her books are the bestseller Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling in Practice (2nd edition Sage, 2002), Psychotherapy and the Quest for Happiness (Sage, 2009) and Everyday Mysteries (2nd edition Routledge, 2010). Sage publishes her new co-authored book Skills in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling in 2011.

Recent publications

  • Skills in Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy

    • Deurzen E
    • Adams M
  • Existential Perspectives on Supervision

    • E. van Deurzen and S. Young

Professional experience


New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, London

August 1996 - Present



City University, London

September 1990 - May 2000(10 years)

Maitrise en Psychopathologie

CNRS - Université Victor Segalen Bordeaux 2

September 1975 - July 1977(2 years)

Maitrise de Philosophie

Université de Montpellier 3 - Université Paul Valéry

September 1970 - July 1974(4 years)


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