Professional Training Programs

The International Society for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis (GLE-International) and The International Society for Existential Analytical Psychotherapy (ISEAP) (both Vienna, Austria) are providing a complete training in existential analytical psychotherapy

CEAL offers 3 levels of training

These 3 levels are part-time, with a maximum of 20 training days per year. They are designed to be managed alongside current occupations and/or other training (people in helping professions or currently in graduate degree programs in counseling and/or psychology).

Introduction to Existential Analysis Seminar


3 days


$335 early bird rate

$410 regular rate

Meeting Format:

3-days Online via Zoom (Fri. Sat. Sun)










Next seminar date:


January 28-30th, 2022

This Introductory seminar is for individuals looking for either:

  • Professional development geared toward existential psychotherapy

  • Those interested in the official certificate/diploma training program for becoming an Existential counselor or Analyst and would like a thorough introduction to the material 


The Introduction to EA is 3 days in total. These 3 days are required to be completed as a gateway to the certificate and diploma programs. A separate participation certificate that is approved for 18 hours of professional development CEU credits will be awarded after completing the seminar.

Topics covered in the Introduction seminar are:

  • Definition and area of application of EA and Logotherapy

  • Basic Existential Analysis theory, linking the main trends of psychotherapy

  • History & modern developments of EA and Logotherapy

  • Goal of Existential Analysis education in the field of psychotherapy and counselling

  • Philosophical basis and specific character of working in Existential Analysis

  • Existential Analysis anthropology

  • Psychometric methods of EA and LT

  • Theory of motivations from an EA perspective

  • Noodynamics vs. psychodynamics

  • Overview of the Four Fundamental Motivations in Existential Analysis

Certificate Program in Existential Analysis


2.5 years 

(approximately 20 seminar days per year), a total of 390 taught seminar hours


$270 per month

*tuition for each seminar day is spread out into even monthly payments which includes the cost of the in-person seminar

Meeting Format:

  • Classes are held once every other month online (Friday, weekends)

  • Face-to-face meetings are held once a year in Portland, Oregon for 5 full days





Next Cohort 


Winter 2022

In many ways this is the "heart" of the training program. It is designed to be an in-depth experiential training that incorporates didactic teachings & lectures with self-reflection and experiential exercises. The philosophy of the EA training program is that in order to be a good existential therapist, we need to know and develop ourselves first as individual persons and from that authentic core, we can better help our clients deal with the themes that are present in their lives.

This program is in a cohort format. This means that once the group is formed, it will close and you will remain together for the remainder. This allows for deep connections and support to form within the group that not only facilitate the learning process, but also offer the participants the opportunity to develop a genuine community of like-minded friends and colleagues.

The EA Certificate program curriculum is a thorough education in the 4 Fundamental Motivations and how they support the person in living a fulfilled existence:

1st Fundamental Motivation (fundamental trust):

The ability to ACCEPT the existential reality and/or ENDURE that which cannot be fully accepted (Only then are we able to step into life and able to begin dealing with it in a personal way)

2nd Fundamental Motivation (relationships, values, emotions):

The ability to FEEL the values in life and allow to touch & be touched by the experience of being (Only then are we really alive and able to feel alive through joy, gratitude and being moved by value of life)

3rd Fundamental Motivation (personhood, identity):

The ability to be oneself, to accept, see and be seen as one is, to develop enough SELF-RESPECT SELF-ESTEEM (Only then are we able to genuinely be in relationship, feel liked, respected and accepted as we are with our uniqueness and live out one's own life)

4th Fundamental Motivation (Logotherapy): 

The ability to show up in life, to feel what is MEANINGFUL & live life in congruence with one's values that are within a unique context (Only then do we really know the "why" that we live, what gives life a felt sense of meaning & makes it worthwhile)

The themes covered in this program are further elaborated on during both the small group meetings and the self-experience sessions required for graduation. This educational program gives the participant a solid theoretical foundation for clinical work and a unique opportunity for deep and meaningful personal transformation. 

The classes are taught by Alfried Längle and other trainers from GLE International: 

Daniel Parker, Ph.D., USA 

Mihaela Launeanu, Ph.D., Canada

Rochelle Chapman, M.A., Canada

Diploma in Existential Analytic Psychotherapy


2 additional years 

(approximately 20 seminar days per year), a total of 320 taught seminar hours


$270 per month


*tuition for each seminar day is spread out into even monthly payments which includes the cost of the annual in-person seminar

Meeting Format:

  • Classes are held once every other month online (Friday, weekends)​​

  • Face-to-face meetings are held once a year in Portland, Oregon for 5 full days

This is the clinical focus of the EA training program. It is an additional 2 year program that serves as a continuation of the Certificate program for those that would like to deepen their education to specialize in the clinical application in a counseling & psychotherapy setting. After finishing all requirements for this program, you will be a certified Existential Analyst. Like the Certification program, this is a cohort format and the group will stay together throughout the duration of the course. There will be 1 in-person seminar per year and the rest of the seminar days will be online and can be taken from anywhere you are in the world.


The main topics for the diploma program are:

Fear, Trauma, Complex Trauma, Phobia, Panic, Compulsion, Anxiety

Depression, Bipolar, Depressive Personality, Somatoform, Histrionic Personality, Narcissistic Personality, Borderline Personality, Addiction, Intimacy, Couples, Anger & Aggression, and diagnostics from an existential perspective

Some themes and topics that be explored through an existential lens: 

  • Nosology and psychopathology

  • Phenomenology and the lived experience

  • Etiology, dynamics and forms

  • Existential analytical understanding of the disorders/difficulties

  • Prophylaxis/Prevention

  • Specific therapy methods and techniques

In addition to the taught curriculum, students will engage in personal experience sessions and case supervision groups with EA practitioners.

The classes are taught by Alfried Längle and other trainers from GLE International: 

Daniel Parker, Ph.D., USA 

Mihaela Launeanu, Ph.D., Canada

Rochelle Chapman, M.A., Canada 


Additional Graduation Requirements

Students Taking Exams

4 written exams* 

(2 in the certificate program)

(2 in the diploma program)

*must pass with 85% or above


Written paper of at least 7,500 words**

A case study or research/theoretical work conducted using the existential analytical theory or methodology.

**An article published in a professional journal is sufficient to count for this graduation requirement

Group Therapy

Self-experience and Supervision

Certificate Program:

  • 20 hrs individual sessions with an Existential Analyst

  • 100 hours of group supervision

Diploma Program:

  • 30 additional hrs individual sessions with an Existential Analyst

  • 50 additional hours of group supervision

January Online Intro to EA Seminar
Jan 28, 9:30 AM PST – Jan 30, 5:00 PM PST
Online 3-day Intro to Existential Analysis

Meet The Faculty


Alfried Längle, MD, PhD

Dr. Längle studied medicine and psychology at the Universities of Innsbruck, Rome, Toulouse and Vienna. After years of hospital work in general medicine and psychiatry, he started a private practice in psychotherapy, general medicine and clinical psychology in Vienna (since 1982). At the same time he began his close collaboration with Viktor Frankl (1983-1991). He is the founder and president (since 1983) of the International Society for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis (Vienna). Dr. Längle is a constant lecturer at the Universities of Vienna (since 1984), Innsbruck (1994), Moscow (2000), Buenos Aires (2000) and Mendoza (2000).


Daniel Parker, PhD

Dr. Parker is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist in private practice. He has taught and presented on existential psychology at various universities and conferences in North America, Latin America, and Europe. He began studying Existential Analysis under Alfried Längle in 2006 and has over 15 years experience working as an existential psychotherapist. In addition to being on the training faculty of the Center for Existential Analysis and Logotherapy, Dr. Parker is one of the founding members of the Existential Analysis Society in Vancouver, Canada.


Mihaela Launeanu, PhD


Dr. Launeanu is a psychotherapist in private practice at the Centre of Existential Therapy in Vancouver, BC, Canada, a trainer for the Existential Analysis training program in Canada, and a member on the board of directors of the Existential Analysis Society of Canada. She is also one of the founders and co-hosts of The Existentialists podcast . She has an MA in Clinical Psychology from the University of Bucharest, Romania, an MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of British Columbia, and a PhD in Psychometrics and Research Methodology from the University of British Columbia.


Rochelle Chapman, MA 


Rochelle has an MA in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia and a Masters in Theology and the Arts from Regent College. She began her career at a non-profit, leading experiential groups for people in recovery from addiction. Since 2009, she has been in private practice in downtown Vancouver, BC working with individuals and couples. As a trainer, Rochelle’s passion is teaching and modelling phenomenology. She leads seminars for EA Canada in Vancouver and Alberta. In her spare time, you would most likely find her doing something outdoors with her two daughters or baking something delicious.