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

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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 on existential psychology, Kirk Schneider has been pushing back. The current editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, vice-president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute, and adjunct faculty at Saybrook University and the California Institute of Integral Studies, Dr. Schneider is a licensed psychologist and leading spokesperson for contemporary humanistic psychology. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Schneider has published over 100 articles and chapters and has authored or edited eight books. He is the 2004 recipient of the Rollo May award for "outstanding and independent pursuit of new frontiers in humanistic psychology" from the Humanistic Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association and is the 2009 recipient of the Living Institute "Cultural Innovator Award." Most recently, Dr. Schneider conducted Existential Therapy and Existential-Humanistic Therapy Over Time for an APA video series on psychotherapy ( and with Dr. Ed Mendelowitz, completed the chapter on Existential Psychotherapy for Corsini and Wedding's Current Psychotherapies (8th ed.).

Samples of Work by Kirk Schneider

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