Anxiety in a Troubled World – Discussion with Emmy van Deurzen, Alfried Längle and Kirk Schneider

In the face of the complex challenges that characterise our world, join three distinguished voices...

Last updated 3 June 2024

In the face of the complex challenges that characterise our world, join three distinguished voices in the crossroad between philosophy and psychology – Alfried Längle, Emmy van Deurzen, and Kirk Schneider – for an informative workshop titled “Anxiety in a Troubled World.” This session offers an engaging opportunity to gain a better understanding of anxiety and explore existential perspectives on navigating its intricacies.


Dr Kirk J. Schneider

Kirk Schneider, Ph.D. is a leading spokesperson for existential-humanistic and existential-integrative psychology, an adjunct faculty member at Saybrook University and formerly Teachers College, Columbia University, and a cofounder and current president of the award-winning Existential-Humanistic Institute. He was also a 2022 candidate for president-elect of the American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Schneider has authored/coauthored 15 books including The Polarized Mind, The Depolarizing of America, and his latest book: Life-Enhancing Anxiety: Key to a Sane World.

Existential Movement

The Existential Movement exists to reduce interpersonal conflict and psychological suffering and to enhance well-being in the community. It is a non-religious, non-political movement, using existential ideas derived from existential philosophy, psychotherapy, and psychology to achieve these aims. Its motto is to ‘bring wisdom to the world’.

The Existential Movement is composed of international members who wish to pursue the aims as the Existential Movement of enhancing emotional and spiritual health and well-being within the communities of each nation.

Find out more by clicking the website link under the logo.

Professor Alfried Längle

Alfried LÄNGLE, M.D., Ph.D. (Psychology), born 1951 in Austria, founder (1983) and long-term president of the International Society for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis (Vienna), scholar and collaborator of Viktor Frankl. Has developed the modern approach of Existential Analysis which is not only focussed on meaning as Frankl’s Logotherapy is, but has a broader phenomenological access. Professor at Vienna’s Sigmund Freud University and Univ. of Klagenfurt. Over 400 publications, two honorary doctorates, six honorary professor degrees.

Professor Emmy van Deurzen

Emmy van Deurzen is a professor of Psychology and Psychotherapy with 18 books to her name, several of which have been translated into a dozen languages. She is the Co-Founder and Principal of the Existential Academy, where she also runs post graduate courses through the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling in partnership with Middlesex University and her private practice.

Born and raised in the Netherlands, she lived, studied, and worked in France before settling in the UK in 1977. Emmy has been instrumental in founding or cofounding numerous organizations, including the Society for Existential Analysis, the Federation for Existential Therapy in Europe and the World Confederation of Existential Therapy. She has helped people in facing their life problems and suffering for nearly half a century.

Amongst her books are the bestsellers Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling in Practice (3d edition 2012), Psychotherapy and the Quest for Happiness (Sage, 2009), Everyday Mysteries (2nd edition Routledge, 2010) and Paradox and Passion (2nd edition, Wiley, 2015). Her book Rising from Existential Crisis was published with PCCS books in 2021. She is currently writing a book on Existential Freedom for Penguin.