It matters that people have a way to use the latest findings in psychology beyond buying a pill for depression. It matters that people have a way of looking at their lives that lets them ask the big questions and determine how they want to live – and that this is supported by therapists and mental health professionals.

Meet the Existentialists

Founding Members

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Marc Applebaum, PhD

Dr. Marc Applebaum is Associate Editor of the Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, and teaches in the Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies at Saybrook University, where his emphasis is on qualitative...
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David Elkins

David Elkins, PhD

A licensed clinical psychologist and Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Pepperdine, where he taught for 25 years, Dr. Elkins has worked hospital, community health, and private practice settings, and was the Director of...
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Amedeo Giorgi

Amedeo Giorgi, PhD

Phenomenology, the study of the mind through its subjective experiences, I the cornerstone of every human being’s knowledge of the world – yet it is often left out of mainstream psychology. For decades, Amedeo...
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Tom Greening

Tom Greening, PhD

Dr. Greening was there at the birth of humanistic psychology: he worked with James Bugental and Abraham Maslow, and edited the movement's flagship publication, the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, for 35 years. As a...
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Edward Hoffman, PhD

A New York State licensed psychologist in private practice for more than 25 years, Dr. Hoffman is an active scholar in humanistic/ transpersonal psychology, and the author of more than a dozen books in psychology and...
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Louis Hoffman, PhD

Dr. Hoffman’s primary areas of interest include: existential psychology and therapy, spiritual and religious issues in psychotherapy and mental health, diversity issues, and philosophical issues in psychology. Dr....
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Orah Krug

Orah Krug, PhD

The clinical training director of the Existential-Humanistic Institute of San Francisco, Dr. Krug is a licensed psychotherapist with a private practice is Oakland, CA. A graduate of Saybrook University, she was awarded...
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Ed Mendelowitz

Ed Mendelowitz, PhD

A board member of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Dr. Mendelowitz worked closely with Rollo May during his doctoral studies and is a contributor to the major compendiums of existential, humanistic, and depth...
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Kirk Schneider, PhD

“An emphasis on quick fixes runs deep in our culture,” says Kirk Schneider, and that’s a problem for everyone interested in mental health. Ever since 1993, when Rollo May asked him to co-write a textbook...
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Eugene Taylor

Eugene Taylor, PhD

Eugene Taylor is Chair of the Concentration in Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology at Saybrook University. He also serves Lecturer on Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Senior Psychologist on the Psychiatry...
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Members

Brent Dean Robbins

Brent Dean Robbins, PhD

Brent Dean Robbins, PhD, is Director of the Psychology Program and Associate Professor of Psychology at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA, He is also an outpatient therapist for Mercy Behavioral Health.

He...
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Jason Dias

Jason Dias, PsyD

Jason Dias is a university professor residing in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  He has worked for over a decade with adults with developmental disabilities, people experiencing severe states, and people experiencing...
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Nathaniel Granger Jr., PsyD

Dr. Nathaniel Granger, Jr. is a graduate of the University of the Rockies (formerly Colorado School of Professional Psychology) where he received a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in...
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Candice Hershman

Candice Hershman is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist with an Existential-Integrative clinical orientation. She has a private practice in Sausalito, CA. Candice is also currently working on her doctorate in psychology...
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Sarah Kass, PhD

Sarah Kass, the managing editor of The New Existentialists, has received her PhD in existential psychology from Saybrook University. A former editor and writer for The New York Times, she has trained at...
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Scott Kiser

Scott Kiser, PhD

Scott Kiser holds an MA in Marriage & Family Therapy from George fox University and a PhD in Psychology from Saybrook University.

He has worked as a professional therapist in both community agency and private...
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Veronica Lac, MA

Veronica Lac attained her MA in Gestalt Psychotherapy in the UK and has been in private practice for 10 years. Since moving to the USA in 2011, Veronica is now a Licensed Professional Counselor (DC), and a certified...
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Daniel Pitchford

Daniel B. Pitchford, PhD

Dr. Pitchford's passions and research interests include existential psychology, trauma, suicide, death, culture, and personal transformation. He was fortunate to be approached to join the PHS and MBM faculty of...
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Joanthan D. Raskin

Jonathan Raskin, PhD

Jonathan D. Raskin is a professor of psychology and counseling at the State University of New York at New Paltz. His scholarship focuses on constructivist counseling and psychotherapy, as well as on articulating and...
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Christina Robertson, PhD

Christina Robertson is an organizational consultant, coach, and trainer. She holds a Ph.D. in Human Science, a M.S. in Organizational Behavior and Counseling Psychology, and a B.S. in English and Education. She earned the...
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Donna Rockwell

Donna Rockwell, PsyD

Donna Rockwell, PsyD is Associate Faculty at the Michigan School of Professional Psychology (MiSPP). She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Language and Communication from Hampshire College, a Master of Arts in Journalism...
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Shawn Rubin

Shawn Rubin, PhD

Shawn Rubin serves as the PsyD Program Chair and Executive Faculty at Saybrook University.

Dr. Rubin brings an impressive record of experience and contributions to humanistic psychology in general, and integrative...
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Drake Spaeth, PsyD

Drake Spaeth, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Chicago campus). He resides with his wife Angie and two dogs. His interests include Existential-...
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Lisa Vallejos, MA

Lisa Vallejos holds a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Regis University and is completing a PhD in Psychology at Saybrook University.  Her journey has been one of triumphs and tragedies, each leading to the...
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Mark Yang

Mark Yang, PsyD

Dr. Mark Yang is an American licensed clinical psychologist and co-founder and director of the Zhi-Mian International Institute of Existential-Humanistic Psychology, whose...
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Contributors

Makenna Berry

Makenna Berry, MA

Makenna Berry is completing her PhD in psychology at Saybrook University with a focus on clinical and research applications. She has received training in Existential-Humanistic therapy from the International...
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Liz Schreiber

Liz Schreiber

Liz is receiving her MA in Psychology, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy, from Saybrook University and her MBA from Franciscan University. 

She currently works as ...
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Benjamin Wachs

Benjamin Wachs, MA

Saybrook University's Director of Communication, Benjamin is the editor of The New Existentialists.  He received his MA in linguistics from Purdue, and has received numerous awards for journalism.  He has...
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