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Existential Humanistic NorthWest Blog

“Hope and Fear in Uncertain Times”—EHNW’s First Ever Webinar Hosted by Bob Edelstein and joined by Guest Speaker, Kirk Schneider

“Hope and Fear in Uncertain Times”—EHNW’s First Ever Webinar Hosted by Bob Edelstein and joined by Guest Speaker, Kirk Schneider

Written by Gemma Baumer

On April 25th, Existential Humanist Northwest hosted its first ever web-based salon/webinar, with 149 signed up and represented by 3 different countries and many U.S. states. We gathered as a larger group than ever to discuss thoughts and feelings, hopes and fears related to this present world situation.

The salon topic was introduced by our president, Bob Edelstein, who shared some of his thoughts and reflections on this pandemic: Bob spoke to some of the existential themes of this time, and to his profound sense of being alive amidst this very real confrontation with mortality. In outlining his observations of existential themes, Bob identified three:

1. We are all interconnected. This Covid situation has impacted our whole world, sparking fear and with this, a need for collaboration. Bob […]

By | May 21st, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Case Conceptualization Salon

Case Conceptualization Salon

Written by Gemma Baumer

On March 7th, Existential Humanist NW hosted its first ever Case Conceptualization Salon. The event was an informal conversation, hosted by Bob Edelstein, our president and founder. To preface the conceptualization, Bob led us through his own process and views toward conceptualizing a client, and how this looks, for him, from an EH perspective.

Firstly, Bob emphasized the nature of there being no one EH approach. Rather, how each of us conceptualizes varies because we vary as therapists, and as humans. Conceptualization involves being open to how each unique person exists in the world, and honors those differences. As such, this process will look differently for each of us.

Bob also spoke to the importance of conceptualizing lightly. This is because the emphasis is put on openness to another individual’s human experience, rather than on any agenda. One participant spoke of this as viewing […]

By | May 20th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Richness of Humanistic-Existential Methodology and Ericksonian Hypnotherapy in Helping Men with Degenerative Neurological Disease–Lunch and Learn with Elliot Geller

The Richness of Humanistic-Existential Methodology and Ericksonian Hypnotherapy in Helping Men with Degenerative Neurological Disease–Lunch and Learn with Elliot Geller

Written by Gemma Baumer

On February 14th, Elliot Geller (LCSW) led us through a beautiful and life-affirming conversation around his therapeutic work with men suffering from degenerative neurological diseases. Elliot began his work in the field in free clinics working with Vietnam veterans. This led him to attend graduate school for his social work degree as a 29-year old, and on to 7 years of work in community mental health where he started the program that is now Cascadia. After leaving community mental health to go into his own practice, he received a federal grant to work with HIV patients, utilizing hypnosis. Most recently, he has focused mainly on working with individuals and couples experiencing neurodegenerative diseases and terminal illness. After committing his life’s work to this subject area, his wife […]

By | March 5th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

“Down the Rabbit Hole—An Interactive Examination of Less Common Sexual Practices”

“Down the Rabbit Hole—An Interactive Examination of Less Common Sexual Practices”

On December 13th, Ray Nelson, NCC and a member of the board led us through a lively discussion of less common sexual practices. As a member of the kink/BDSM community for 20 years, Ray began his talk by speaking to the importance of this topic, especially as it pertains to therapists. Namely, Ray, like many others, have had a challenging time finding a therapist who felt competent to see someone around topics related to less common practices of sexuality. In addition to a lack of therapists who specialize in such topics, it is not uncommon for people to be let go from their therapists who have felt inadequately prepared to discuss or engage with such things. And even when one is involved with a therapist, it is common to feel judged and misunderstood for engaging in kinky practices. As […]

By | January 26th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Student Salon on the Importance of a Theoretical Orientation

Student Salon on the Importance of a Theoretical Orientation

The most recent Existential Humanist Salon, “On the Importance of a Theoretical Orientation”, was another lovely chance to connect with a variety of board members, affiliates, and those new to EHNW. We connected over wine and a selection of cheeses that left us all continuing to eat and process for nearly an hour afterward. The salon was facilitated by board members, Dave Fischer and Deborah High, in Deborah’s cozy home.

The conversation was begun by Dave, posing the question, “How do you choose, and why should you choose a theoretical orientation?”. Dave emphasized that research into common factors for successful therapy has indicated that therapy is most effective when the clinician is aligned with a theory and can work from it. And this starts with knowing who you are, because it must resonate. […]

By | January 17th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Game of Life–On Reflecting On Our Use of Social Media and Other Platforms

Game of Life–On Reflecting On Our Use of Social Media and Other Platforms

Written by Gemma Baumer (Board Member)
November 21st, 2019

Last week in our monthly board meeting, we sought to discuss whether or not, as an organization, we wanted to utilize a tool such as Facebook. As it has come out in recent years, Facebook and its founders have acted wholly unethically, with no precedence for privacy. This is not an unusual dilemma in this modern world, in which we are born into with so little choice but to persevere—to play the game, if you will. This question launched itself into an existential dilemma, a conversation which had no obvious, if any, solutions, so much as thoughts and speculations about who we are, and where we’re going.

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By | November 21st, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments