Existential Psychotherapy Training (UKCP accredited)


About the Course

Course Duration
3 years.
Available Study Modes
Intensive Study, Online, Saturday Weekly or Wednesday - Weekly

Course Description

In conjunction with New School’s flagship MSc in Psychotherapy Studies, the Existential Psychotherapy Training programme, under the auspices of the Existential Academy, is the clinical pathway to becoming a fully qualified practitioner. Upon successful completion of the EPT you will be eligible for full clinical registration with UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) as an Existential Psychotherapist.

This course is designed to be very flexible. This means you can complete the training in the most manageable way and alongside other responsibilities in your life. The theoretical components of the course are studied exclusively online; so you can complete the majority of the study where you live or work, rather than having to travel to London.

The EPT can only be completed in conjunction with the MSc in Psychotherapy Studies on which you will also be enrolled. The MSc in Psychotherapy Studies has been validated by Middlesex University and provides a comprehensive theoretical training drawing from philosophy, psychology, sociology and anthropology.

In addition to the MSc modules, the EPT comprises of six additional theoretical modules and clinical training. The clinical aspects of the training involve completing 450 hours of supervised practice with clients in placements, and having weekly personal psychotherapy. Clinical supervision, beginning in the second year of the programme, is provided entirely online through video conferencing. The merging together of the MSc and EPT modules creates a very rich four-year programme, leading to full professional registration with the UKCP.

This programme will train you to apply the principles of existential philosophy to human suffering. Existential philosophy encourages us to engage with the big questions of life, and an existential psychotherapist attends to a person grappling with the predicaments of their life, and to make sense and meaning of it. Existential psychotherapy eschews the medical categorising and labelling of distress, and instead views people as unique, autonomous individuals with the potential to overcome their problems and dilemmas.

This programme is designed to take four years but can be extended up to eight years.

The EPT course leader is Dr Neil Gibson neil.gibson@nspc.org.uk

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Programme of Study

Year 1

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Practice
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Theory
  • Development Through the Life Span
  • Existential & Human Issues
  • Existential & Humanistic Approaches
  • Overview of Research Methods
  • Psychoanalytic Practice
  • Psychoanalytic Theory
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Well-being And Health
  • Y2 Clinical Supervision 2/3
  • Y2 Clinical Supervision and case study 3/3
  • Year 2 Clinical Supervision Term 1

Year 2

  • Conflict And Reconciliation
  • Critical Psychopathology
  • Families & Systems Therapy
  • Programme Planning/Research Planning
  • Research Project
  • Social, Cultural & Ethical Issues
  • Theories Of Personal Change
  • Working with Gender, Sexuality & other differences in identities
  • Y2 Research Supervision 2/3
  • Y2 Research supervision 3/3
  • Y3 Clinical Supervision 1/3
  • Y3 Clinical Supervision 2/3
  • Y3 Clinical Supervision and Case Study 3/3

Year 3

  • Y4 Clinical Supervision 1/3
  • Y4 Clinical Supervision 2/3
  • Y4 Clinical Supervision and Case Study 3/3

What to Expect

Alongside the MSc online modules you will be expected to proceed with the full clinical training as follows:

Year one introduces the key concepts of existential philosophy and existential psychotherapy. It will provide you with opportunities to start building practitioner skills in a supportive environment. Skills are developed in triads consisting of other students and sessions are led by a qualified existential psychotherapist. You must complete the following 5 modules before you can progress to a clinical placement:

  • Existential and Humanistic Approaches
  • Psychoanalytic Theory
  • Psychoanalytic Practice
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Theory
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Practice  

Year two provides an opportunity to start building experience in a placement with the support of clinical supervision. All our clinical supervisors are experienced and are registered with the UKCP.

Years three & four will continue to provide the opportunity to add to your psychotherapy skills through your placement(s) with the continuous support of clinical supervision.

The following modules can be taken at any point during Years 2- 4:

  • Critical Psychopathology
  • Family and Systems
  • Gender and Other Differences in Identities

Personal psychotherapy: Throughout your training you will be in weekly personal psychotherapy with a UKCP registered existential psychotherapist.


Existential Psychotherapy Training/UKCP Accreditation Pathway (taken in conjunction with MSc in Psychotherapy Studies)

Modules to be completed to meet UKCP accreditation

Year of Course

ModulesFees payable per year (if no modules have to be repeated)
13    £2772 (£924 per module)
28£7392 (£924 per module)
35£4620 (£924 per module)