Gordon Lewis, PhD

Kirk J. Schneider, PhD, 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 MindThe Depolarizing of America, and his latest book: Life-Enhancing Anxiety:  Key to a Sane World.  

Emmy van Deurzen, PhD, is an existential therapist, counselling psychologist, and philosopher, who has worked in the field since 1973 and who has written numerous books on existential psychology and psychotherapy. Her work has been translated into over 30 languages. She founded the Society for Existential Analysis and its journal in 1988, the Regent’s School of Psychotherapy in 1990, and the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling (NSPC) in 1996.  She was the driving force behind the First World Congress for Existential Therapy, which was held in London in 2015. This also led to the founding of the Federation for Existential Therapists in Europe (FETE).  Emmy continues to co-direct NSPC, the Existential Academy (EA) and Dilemma Consultancy, with Digby Tantam.  She is a visiting professor with Middlesex University and current President of the worldwide Existential Movement.  Emmy is an international speaker who has given presentations and workshops on five continents. 

Amongst her books are the bestseller Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling in Practice (Sage, 3d edition 2012)Psychotherapy and the Quest for Happiness (Sage, 2009), Everyday Mysteries (Routledge, 2nd ed, 2010), Paradox and Passion (Wiley, 2nd ed 2015) and Rising from Existential Crisis (PCCS books, 2021). Her book The Art of Freedom: Guide to a Wiser Life will be published by Penguin in 2025. She is co-authoring a book for Routledge on Researching Life: Structural Existential Analysis as a Research Method, with Dr. Claire Arnold-Baker.

Mark Yang, PsyD
 is an American licensed clinical psychologist and is actively involved in the training and supervision of psychology students from the Existential-Humanistic Perspective throughout Asia.  Dr. Yang was an Adjunct Lecturer at Saybrook University and the Director of Clinical Training at the California School of Professional Psychology’s Hong Kong Campus.  His professional interests include:  Existential Psychology, Individual and Group Psychotherapy, Grief and Bereavement Counseling, Legal and Ethical Issues in Clinical Practice, and Cross-Cultural Psychology.  Dr. Yang is the author of the book Lighting the Candle: Taoist Principles in Supervision Conducted from an Existential-Humanistic Perspective.  He is also the editor of the book Existential Psychology and the Way of the Tao:  Meditations on the Writings of Zhuangzi and the co-editor of the books Existential Psychology: East-West Volumes 1 & 2.  Dr. Yang was born in Taiwan and immigrated to the United States when he was nine years old.  He is also a dog and cat lover.

One wonders if the current polarization that is sweeping the globe is an unavoidable element of existence.  At the same time, existentialists remind us that loneliness and isolation are indeed part of the human condition and necessary conditions for personal growth.  Whether it’s polarization, isolation or loneliness, the antidote is community and human connection.  The various pockets of the Global Existential Tribe are spread out over the continents.  As members of this tribe, let us come together to build community, create new connections, and take a stand against the polarization that is enveloping us all.

Yaqui Martinez, PhD

Nathaniel Granger, Jr., PsyD

L. Xochitl Vallejos, PhD

Louis Hoffman, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling and Psychological Association and a psychologist in private practice. He is a recipient of the Rollo May Award from the Society for Humanistic Psychology and has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and six of its divisions (1, 10, 32, 36, 48, 52) for his contributions to professional psychology. An avid writer, Dr. Hoffman has published over 20 books, including Becoming an Existential-Humanistic Therapist (with Julia Falk), Existential Psychology East-West (Vols 1 & 2; with Mark Yang et al.), and Eros & Psyche: Existential Perspectives on Sexuality (Vols 1 & 2; with Stephen Simpson, Melissa Racho, & Brent Robbins). He is also the editor of the forthcoming APA Handbook of Humanistic and Existential Psychology (anticipated 2025) and The Evidence-Based Foundations of Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology (Senior International Editor), The Humanistic Psychologist, and the Journal of Constructivist Psychology. Dr. Hoffman teaches at the University of Denver and Saybrook University.