Betty Cannon, Ph.D.
|Boulder Psychotherapy Institute
1140 Lehigh St
Boulder, CO 80305
|phone: 303 494 0393
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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.
Applied Existential Psychotherapy
WorkshopsGroup Therapy Training
Module V: AEP Approach to the Body, Character Strategy, and Trauma
Module VI: The Dream as an Existential Message: An AEP Approach
Module I: AEP Theory: The Philosophy Behind the Therapy
Module II: AEP Individual Training
Module III: AEP Relational Training
Module IV: AEP Group Training
My Books and Chapters
Betty CannonSartre Today: A Centenary Celebration
VideosBetty Cannon - Live Interview for World Congress for Existential Therapy - May 2015
Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic Roots of Applied Existential Psychotherapy , Betty Cannon
Free Without Excuses: Betty Cannon Talks about Applied Existential Psychotherapy
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
Articles"In the Spirit of Play: Applied Existential Psychotherapy", Betty Cannon & Reed Lindberg, International Journal of Psychotherapy, Vienna, Austria, 2015
"What Would I Do with Lacan Today? Thoughts on Sartre, Lacan, and Contemporary Psychoanalysis", Betty Cannon, Sartre Studies International, vol 22, Issue 2, 2016
"Applied Existential Psychotherapy: An Experiential Psychodynamic Approach" in Existential Therapy: Legacy, Vibrancy and Dialogue (Advancing Theory in Therapy), Betty Cannon in Laura Barnett & Greg Madison, eds, Routledge, London, 2012
"The Challenge of Being Yourself While Being Part of a Couple: Bad Faith and the Couples Dilemma" Betty Cannon & Reed Lindberg in Existential Perspectives on Relationship Therapy, ed. Emmy van Deurzen & Susan Iacovou, Palgrave Press, London, 2013
"Group Therapy as Revolutionary Praxis: A Sartrean Perspective" Betty Cannon in Sartre Today: A Centenary Celebration, ed. Adrian van den Hoven & Andrew Leak, Berghahn Books, Yew York & Oxford, 2005
"Psychoanalysis and Existential Psychoanalysis" Betty Cannon in Sartre: Key Concepts, ed. Steven Churchill and Jack Reynolds, Routedge, Oxford, 2017
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.
Sartres 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.
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
Applied Existential Psychotherapy: An Experiential Psychodynamic Approach by Betty Cannon in Existential Therapy: Legacy, Vibrancy, and Dialogue
"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
"What Would I Do with Lacan Today? Thoughts on Sartre, Lacan, and Contemporary Psychoanalysis" Betty Cannon in Sartre Studies International
"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
"Applied Existential Psychotherapy: An Experiential Psychodynamic Approach" by Betty Cannon in Existential Therapy: Legacy, Vibrancy, and Dialogue
LinksBoulder Psychotherapy Institute
Society for Existential Analysis
International Gestalt Journal
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute
International Federation for Psychoanalytic Education
Sartre Studies International
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