2008 Meaning Conference, Ernesto Spinelli Bio  

Ernesto Spinelli

Prof. Ernesto Spinelli BA, MSc, PhD, CPsychol, FBPsS, UKCP Reg, Fellow BAC (Acc)
London, England

Ernesto's seminars, lectures and writings have earned him an international reputation as an innovative theoretician and practitioner in contemporary existential psychotherapy and psychology. His interests in existential theory and the demystification of psychotherapy have influenced him in extending psychotherapeutic insight into the field of coaching. As well as maintaining a private practice as a psychotherapist, executive coach and supervisor, Ernesto is the founder of ES Associates, a faculty member of the i-coach academy and Senior Fellow at the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, Regents College. Having recently published a new edition of his bestselling book, The Interpreted World: an introduction to phenomenological psychology (Sage, 2005), Ernesto is currently completing a practice-focused book on existential psychotherapy and is in the early stages of writing a text entirely devoted to the theory and practice of existential coaching. Ernesto is a Founding Member of the BPS Special Group in Coaching Psychology and is on the editorial board of the International Coaching Psychology Review.


Exploring Death Anxiety
Keynote Address
9:30 - 10:30am, Sunday, July 27th, 2008

From an existential standpoint, death anxiety is a fundamental universal aspect of human existence. In brief, it is an anxiety rooted in the realization that life is inevitably moving towards death. How each of us responds to and deals with this realization reveals our stance toward the various 'existential givens' such as our relationship to time, space, embodiment, uncertainty, meaning and so forth. Our particular worldview expresses our relationship to the foundational inter-relation between living and dying. In an age and a culture that prefers to mythologise death rather than embrace its all too ordinary reality, it has fallen to existentially-informed theorists and practitioners to explore the inter-relationship between living and dying. This talk will address various key points from existential thought that expand our understanding of how death anxiety infuses and permeates every facet of our way of being. 

Professor Ernesto Spinelli
School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology
Regent’s College
London NW1 4NS

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