Kirk Schneider

KIRK J. SCHNEIDER, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and leading spokesperson for contemporary humanistic psychology. He is current editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, vice-president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute (EHI), and adjunct faculty at Saybrook Graduate School and the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is also a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Schneider has published over 100 articles and chapters and has authored or edited seven books (one more is in preparation).

  • The Paradoxical Self: Toward an Understanding of Our Contradictory Nature (translated into Portuguese and Slovakian)
  • Horror and the Holy: Wisdom-teachings of the Monster Tale
  • The Psychology of Existence: An Integrative, Clinical Perspective (with Rollo May; currently being translated into Chinese)
  • The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology: Leading Edges in Theory, Research and Practice (with J. Bugental and F. Pierson)
  • Rediscovery of Awe: Splendor, mystery, and the fluid center of life
  • Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy: Guideposts to the Core of Practice (currently being partly translated into Russian)

Dr. Schneider is the 2004 recipient of the Rollo May award for “outstanding and independent pursuit of new frontiers in humanistic psychology” from the Humanistic Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association. Most recently, Dr. Schneider conducted Existential Therapy for an APA video series on psychotherapy ( and with Dr. Ed Mendelowitz, completed the chapter on Existential Psychotherapy for Corsini and Wedding’s Current Psychotherapies (8th ed.).   Dr. Schneider’s most recent book, Existential-Humanistic Therapy (co-authored with Dr. Orah Krug), is in press for the American Psychological Association Monograph series on the major orientations in the field, and his current book in preparation is tentatively titled, Awakening to Awe: A New Outlook on Health, Healing, and Spiritual Renewal.

Interviews and Talks

Dr. Schneider is a notable lecturer and workshop leader at both national and international venues.  These venues include the American Psychological Association (1987--); the first Soviet-American Humanistic Psychology Conference, Moscow (1991); the Lithuanian Association for Humanistic Psychology, University of Vilnius (1992/1996);  Stanford University Medical Center (1995);  Duquesne University (as visiting scholar) (1996), Seattle University (1992),  Esalen Institute (1995), the Ernest Becker Foundation, Seattle (1992,1996, 2004); the Pacific News Service,San Francisco (1995); Lucasfilms /Skywalker Ranch, Novato, CA (1997); The Cleveland Museum of Art (1998), The Madness and Creativity Conference, Santa Fe, NM (1999), the International Network for Personal Meaning Conference, Vancouver, B.C. (2000, 2002, 2004), The Center for Humanistic Studies (2004) (as visiting lecturer), and Seattle University (2004). He was the yearly visiting scholar for the East European Association for Existential Psychotherapy (a 5 nation organization) in Birstonas, Lithuania, in September of 2005, and in January 2006 he became a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Colorado School of Professional of Psychology in Colorado Springs, followed by the University of Laval, Department of Counseling and Education, Quebec City, Canada, Pepperdine University, Los Angeles,  and the Japanese Academy of Counselors in Tokyo. Finally, in the fall of 2008, Dr. Schneider will be taped conducting 6 more Existential Psychotherapy sessions for the American Psychological Association Video Series “Systems of Psychotherapy” which should be available on DVD, along with his monograph in 2009.