Boulder Psychotherapy Institute

Advanced Training in Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP)

An Experiential Psychodynamic Gestalt Approach   •   Boulder, Colorado

Robyn Chauvin, M.A., L.P.C.

100 Arapahoe St. Suite 8
Boulder, CO 80302

phone: 720 841 1836

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Robyn Chauvin, LPC, is a member of the teaching faculty at the Boulder Psychotherapy Institute and adjunct faculty in the Graduate School of Psychology at Naropa University. A Licensed Professional Counselor, Robyn has 21 years experience in hospice, inpatient psychiatric work, and private practice psychotherapy working with individuals, couples, and groups. Robyn's approach and methodologies include Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP), Gestalt, Psychodrama, and The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. Of particular interest is working towards wholeness with persons facing internalized oppression or complicated trauma.

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AEP Module I: Individual Therapy (July 2017-Mar 2018) with Robyn Chauvin, M.A., L.P.C.

Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP) is an experiential psychodynamic therapy that interlaces the insights of contemporary existential and psychoanalytic/psychodynamic approaches with techniques inspired by Gestalt therapy and other experiential approaches. It founder is BPI president Dr. Betty Cannon, whose book on Sartre and Psychoanalysis in considered a classic in existential psychology. Each session includes a combination of didactic principles and experiential work and practice. If you need to miss a session, we can bring you in on our video conferencing program, Zoom, or you can get the material online. The PDFs listed below include a list of suggested readings, class slides, and handouts and articles that you may want to read. The class normally meets twice a month on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 to 5:15 for a total of 60 hours. (First 15 minutes is social time.)



1. AEP Roots and Influences
2. Existential Phenomenology: An Alternative Philosophy for Psychotherapy
3. The Phenomenological Method - The Lived Body & the Experiential World
4. 'Typical' Stages of an AEP Working (Actually there is no typical AEP Working)
5. AEP Developmental Theory: Reflective Consciousness, the 'Look' of the Other, and the Creation of the Ego
6. Typical 'Stages' Continued
7. The 'Look', Formation of the Ego, & Defenses as Boundary Disturbances
8. Further Defenses - Not Mentioned in Gestalt Literature
9. Transference, Countertransference, & 'Enactment': An AEP Perspective
10. Nothingness, Change & Play: Moving from the 'Spirit of Seriousness' to the 'Spirit of Play'
11. The Dream as an 'Existential Message' (Perls): AEP Dream Enactments


"Applied Existential Psychotherapy: An Experiential Psychodynamic Approach" - Betty Cannon
"Nothingness as the Ground for Change: Gestalt Therapy and Existential Psychoanalysis" - Betty Cannon
Bill Moats' Response to Betty Cannon
"What Would I Do with Lacan Today? Thoughts on Sartre, Lacan, & Contemporary Psychoanalysis" - Betty Cannon
"Hazel E. Barnes 2015-2008: A Farewell to America's Foremost Sartre Scholar" - Betty Cannon
Psychoanalysis and Existential Psychoanalysis - Betty Cannon
"Nothingness at the Heart of Being: Gestalt Therapy & Existential Psychoanalysis" - Betty Cannon
"In the Spirit of Play: Applied Existential Psychotherapy" - Betty Cannon & Reed Lindberg
10. Nothingness, Change & Play: Moving from the 'Spirit of Seriousness' to the 'Spirit of Play'
11. The Dream as an 'Existential Message' (Perls): AEP Dream Enactments


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