Welcome to the online page for the South West Existential Psychotherapy Alliance (SWEPA).
The aim of SWEPA is to provide a free network for existential psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors, students and others in the South West interested in the existential approach.
Members are offered:
Contact with a network of existentially informed practitioners, students and other interested individuals.
Annual email newsletter
Annual network meetings
Private practice referrals (if the member is a qualified registered professional)
We aim to:
Promote greater awareness and understanding of the existential approach in the South West
Offer mutual support and dialogue between like-minded practitioners, students and others interested in the approach
Create a referral system between like-minded practitioners
Offer opportunities for continuing personal and professional developement.
SWEPA is an offshoot of the internationally renowned Society for Existential Analysis (SEA), and promotes the SEA’s events in London as well as workshops by existential practitioners in the South West.
Below are some examples of the kind of themes that existential psychotherapy may help us to reflect on and clarify in order to understand the context of the problems and challenges we face as human beings:
What does it mean to be alive?
What are the possibilities that my life presents me with?
What is my relationship to myself, to other people and the world in general?
What are my responsibilities to myself and to other people?
What do I value and cherish dearly?
What is the nature of the anxiety that I experience in my life?
What are the assumptions and attributions that underpin my thoughts and actions?
What are the contradictions, discrepancies and paradoxes that occur in my everyday life?
What is my worldview – the way that I have constructed the story of my life?
What is my true potential?
What would it be like to choose my own way of living?
(extract taken from the SEA website www.existentialanalysis.co.uk)
For more information on how to join SWEPA, and to find an existential practitioner in your area, please contact Flora Cruft