Boulder Psychotherapy Institute

Advanced Training in Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP)

An Experiential Psychodynamic Gestalt Approach   •   Boulder, Colorado

Betty Cannon, Ph.D.


Licensed Psychologist

Boulder Psychotherapy Institute
1140 Lehigh St
Boulder, CO 80305
phone: 303 494 0393
website: www.boulderpsych.com
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Betty Cannon - Live Interview for World Congress for Existential Therapy - May 2015



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Betty Cannon, Ph.D., is the president of the Boulder Psychotherapy Institute. BPI trains therapists in Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP). AEP interlaces the insights of contemporary existential and psychodynamic approaches with techniques inspired by Gestalt and other experiential therapies. Betty is its founder and has published many chapters, articles, and an internationally recognized book on existential therapy.

Betty has trained therapists and worked with individuals, couples and groups in Boulder for over 30 years. She is an internationally known author, lecturer and workshop presenter. Her book, Sartre and Psychoanalysis, is considered a classic in existential psychology. A chapter on "Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP): An Experiential Psychodynamic Approach" appears in a new book, Existential Therapy: Legacy, Vibrancy and Dialogue, edited by Laura Barnett and Greg Madison (Routledge, 2011). The book contains chapters by most well-known European and American existential psychologists.

Betty is a licensed psychologist and certified Gestalt therapist. She holds doctorates in both literature and psychology. She has also trained extensively in trauma work, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and group work. Betty is enthusiastic about groups and offers many training, practice, process, supervision, and video-review groups. Her Monday night therapy group has occasional openings.

Betty is a member of the editorial boards of three professional journals: Sartre Studies International, Review of Existential Psychology and Psychiatry, and Existential Analysis. She is professor emerita of the Colorado School of Mines, where she taught literature and psychology for twenty years. She is adjunct professor in the Graduate Program in Psychology at Naropa University and adjunct professor at Regis University. She is a former president of the Colorado Group Psychotherapy Society and former chair of the North American Sartre Society.

Betty offers trainings for mental health professionals in AEP individual, couples, group, body-oriented, and trauma work at the Boulder Psychotherapy Institute. Her long experience in the field has not diminished her passion for her work. She feels privileged to have shared so deeply with so many people over the years. Her life has been enriched by the courageous work of her clients and students.

Therapist Information

Therapist Gender: FemaleYears in Practice: 30
Licensure or Registration: Licensed PsychologistNumber: 2029
State: COFee Range: $125-$149

Client Focus

Mode of Therapy: Individual, Couple, Group
Age Specialty: AdultClient Gender: All
Client Sexual Orientation: AllEthnicity: All
 

Specialty Areas

Depression
Anxiety or Fears
Creativity
Personal Growth
Shyness or Social Phobia
Trauma/PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress)
Relationship & Marital Issues
Divorce
Life Transitions
Grief or Loss

Treatment Approaches

Applied Existential Psychotherapy
Body Oriented Psychotherapy
Gestalt Therapy
Psychodynamic Therapy

Groups

Monday Evening Therapy Group - meets three times a month from 5:15 to 7:15. $50 a session. This is a deep level therapy group for men and women. Here and now interactions often lead to exploration of family of origin issues. Groups are lively and supportive - and may lead to deep personal transformation. Existential as well as psychodynamic issues are addressed. The group is limited to 6 members. There are periodic openings for new members. Call Betty at 303 494 0393 for more information.
Training Groups for Therapists: Check the "BPI Workshops for Therapists" box on the Home Page for new workshops and dates. Check the "Workshops" page for a complete listing of trainings. Most trainings begin in November of each year and continue for a number of sessions. All include a thorough in-depth training in various aspects of Applied Existential Psychotherapy/Gestalt - individual, couple or group. AEP is a therapy developed over the last 20 years at BPI. It interlaces the insights of contemporary existential and psychodynamic approaches with techniques inspired by Gestalt and other experiential therapies. Call Betty at 303 494 0393 for more information about training opportunities.
Practice Group - Ongoing. Thursday morning once a month, 10-1:15. $75 a session. Practice Group is a place for AEP/Gestalt students to sharpen their understanding of principles, practice skills, and refine techniques under the guidance of an experienced therapist and master trainer. Prior experience with AEP or Gestalt therapy is required. Call Betty at 303 494 0393 for more information or to inquire about space.
Process Groups - Ongoing. Monthly, 3 hours. Various days and evenings. $75 a session. Process Group is a place for therapists to improve skills by experiencing and observing AEP/Gestalt work. Though the group may sometimes feel therapeutic, it is not therapy and is intended as a learning experience. Process group allows members to: experience individual and group work in a safe learning environment with other therapists; gain a deep understanding of experiential process through personal work and role-playing clients; gain skills by observing the work of an experienced practitioner; ask questions and participate in process discussions, allowing a deeper understanding of experiential work. Call Betty at 303 494 0393 for more information or to inquire about space.
Supervision/Consultation Groups - Ongoing. Monthly, 2 hours. Various days and evenings. Limit 4 members. $70 a session. These groups offer offer a practical, dynamic, hands-on experiential approach that helps therapists find useful interventions for working with clients. Supervision/consultation groups are a place to: discuss professional and practice building issues; consider diagnosis and other treatment issues; discuss and role-play clients to get a hands-on sense of appropriate interventions; consider the direction of treatment; work out dilemmas related to transference and client-therapist relationship issues; work with countertransference or therapist issues that keep us stuck with a client; discuss legal/ethical dilemmas and questions. They are also a great place to build support and community with other professionals. Group supervision/consultation counts toward both BPI advanced certification and Colorado state licensure (for qualified professionals). Licensed professionals are also welcome and often find participation in these groups helpful and fun. Call Betty at 303 494 0393 for more information or to inquire about space.

Videos

Betty Cannon - Live Interview for World Congress for Existential Therapy - May 2015

Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic Roots of Applied Existential Psychotherapy , Betty Cannon

Live Online Interview - World Congress for Existential Therapy - London, May 15, 2015 , Betty Cannon

Free without Excuses: Existential Issues in Therapy , Betty Cannon, Colorado Association of Psychotherapists (CAP) - 9/27/2012

AEP Demonstration Session with Marie , Betty Cannon

The Skeleton Rib Cage: An AEP Dream Demonstration , Betty Cannon with Diane Doe, BPI - You-Tube, Boulder, Colorado, 2009


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Articles

In the Spirit of Play: Applied Existential Psychotherapy, Betty Cannon & Reed Lindberg, International Journal of Psychotherapy: A "Special Issue" on Existential Therapy, Vienna, Austria, 2015

"Authenticity, the Spirit of Play and the Practice of Psychotherapy." Upcoming special edition of existential psychologists writing on Authenticity in the Review of Existential Psychology and Psychiatry. Spring, 2009.

"Hazel E. Barnes' Autobiography as an Existential Analytic Example of the Good Life: A Student’s Tribute to Her Mentor." Existential Analysis, January, 2000, pp. 21-53.

"Sartre and Existential Psychoanalysis." The Humanistic Psychologist (Special Volume: Understanding Existence: Perspectives in Existential Analysis), vol. 27, No.1, Spring, 1999, pp. 23-50.

"Hazel E. Barnes 1915-2008: A Farewell to America's Foremost Sartre Scholar." Existential Analysis, 19.2, July 2008, pp. 389-414.

"The Death of the Objective Observer: Sartre's Dialectical Reason as an Epistemology for the Social Sciences." Man and World: An International Philosophical Review 18: 269 93, 1985.


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Presentations

"Nothingness at the Heart of Being." Keynote Address for the Society for Existential Analysis, 20th Anniversary Celebration. Regent's College, London. October 4, 2008.

"The Dream as an Existential Message: A Gestalt Dream Workshop." Workshop for the Society for Existential Analysis, 20th Anniversary Celebration. Regent's College, London. October 4, 2008.

"Gestalt Dream Work: Talk and Demonstration," Colorado Counseling Association, Longmont, CO, September 16, 2006.

“Authenticity, the Nature of Reality and the Practice of Existential Psychotherapy.” Paper presented to the centennial meeting of the North American Sartre Society, San Francisco, February 2005.

“Sartre’s Concept of Authenticity and the Transformative Dialogue.” Panel Discussion, International Federation of Psychoanalytic Education, Pasadena, California, November 2003.

“Levels of Intervention in Group Therapy.” Keynote Address, Colorado Group Psychotherapy Conference, Mental Health Center of Boulder County, Fall 2002.


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Documents

"Nothingness as the Ground for Change: Gestalt Therapy and Existential Psychoanalysis" by Betty Cannon in Existential Analysis

"Bill Moats Response to Betty Cannon" by Bill Moats In Existential Analysis

"Hazel E. Barnes 1918-2008: A Farewell to Americas Foremost Sartre Scholar" by Betty Cannon in Existential Analysis

"Nothingness at the Heart of Being: Gestalt Therapy and Existential Psychoanalysis" By Betty Cannon in New Perspectives on Sartre

"The Challenge of Being Yourself While Being Part of a Couple: Bad Faith and the Couple's Dilemma" by Betty Cannon & Reed Lindberg In Existential Perspectives on Relationship Therapy

"Hazel E. Barnes Autobiography as an Existential-Analytic Example of the Good Life" by Betty Cannon in Existential Analysis

"In The Spirit of Play: Applied Existential Psychotherapy" by Betty Cannon & Reed Lindberg in International Journal of Psychotherapy

"Psychoanalysis and Existential Psychoanalysis" by Betty Cannon In Sartre: Key Concepts

"Group Therapy as Revolutionary Praxis" by Betty Cannon in Sartre Studies International & Sartre Today

"Hazel E. Barnes 1915-2008: A Tribute and Farewell" by Betty Cannon in Sartre Studies International

"Praxis, Need and Desire in Sartre's Later Philosophy: An Addendum to Existential Psychoanalysis" by Betty Cannon in Societe Americaine de Philosophie de Langue Francaise

"The Death of the Objective Observer: Sartre's Dialectical Reason as an Epistemology for the Social Sciences" - Betty Cannon in Man and World, 1985

"Sartre and Existential Psychoanalysis" - Betty Cannon in Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 1999

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