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BOOK LAUNCH: Dialogue on the place of creativity in existential therapy

February 24, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm



Dialogue no 5 in the series “SEA Existential Dialogues”

In now available on Amazon





By Gianfranco Buffardi & Yaqui Andrés Martinez Robles

Translated from the original Italian/Spanish version by Danilo Serra

Foreword by Ernesto Spinelli.

“This isn’t an enterprise concerned with talking about existential therapy and creativity. It is, instead, and much more importantly, a co-operative immersion into a receptive atmosphere where the living, breathing, moment-by-moment, creative flow awakens both the authors and the readers of this fascinating text to their existence and all its ordinary and extraordinary possibilities.”

(Ernesto Spinelli – Foreword to Dialogue on the place of creativity in Existential Therapy)


Gianfranco Buffardi

Professor Gianfranco Buffardi, MD, PhD is a psychiatrist, practicing existential therapist and professor of psychotherapy in various institutions, including I.S.U.E (Istituto di Scienze Umani ed Esistenziali). He holds degrees in medicine, psychology, philosophy and holds a PhD in bioethics. Gianfranco is the former Director of a Mental Health Unit in Caserta, Italy. In his works he was engaged many times in national and international research programmes.  He is Invited Professor at Università Europe and A.P.R.A., in Rome. He was temporary Professor in psychiatric, psychological and philosophical disciplines at other Italian Universities. Gianfranco is the founder and president of the Istituto di Scienze Umane ed Esistenziali (Institute of Human and Existential Sciences) in Naples, Italy since 1988. The I.S.U.E and its president hold many cultural events every year. His most important books are: Manuale di Counselling Esistenziale (with F. Brancaleone, SEAM, Rome,1999); Helping: the helping professions from existential anthropology to philosophical counselling (with F. Brancaleone & G. Traversa, La Melagrana, Caserta, 2008); Bioetica quotidiana in psichiatria (Franco Angeli 2009) and Il divano è meglio di Freud (Franco Angeli 2015). His papers have been published in a number of professional and international journals, including the Journal of Geriatrics and Gerontology; Journal of Existential Analysis; Dasein; Il Giornale Italiano di Psichiatria and Journal of Humanistic Psychology (in press). Starting this year, he will be scientific director of the Nuova Scuola di Psicoterapia Esistenziale (SPEs)


Yaqui Martinez Dr. Yaqui Andrés Martínez-Robles is an existential-phenomenological therapist. He is the founder of the CIR-EX: Circle of Studies in Existential Therapy (Círculo de Estudios en Terapia Existencial) in Mexico and Colombia, where he teaches and trains existential therapists from different countries of Latin America since 2002. CIR-EX offers a three-year study program for a master’s degree in Existential-Phenomenological Therapy.

He is a clinical psychologist with a masters degree and PhD in psychotherapy. He has been trained in Gestalt therapy, Group therapy, Narrative therapy, and Music therapy. He is a certified practitioner in Holotropic breathwork by the Grof Transpersonal Association. Currently he is doing the certification as a Psychedelic-Assisted Therapist at the IPI (Integrative Psychiatry Institute). He is honorary president of the ALPE (Latin American Association for Existential Psychotherapy). He has authored six books on topics about Existential thought and therapy, one of them is translated into English: Existential Therapy: Relational theory and practice for a post-Cartesian world. (2015). He teaches Existential-phenomenological perspective internationally.

Meet the authors:

Friday 24th February 7pm-9pm (GMT)  on Zoom

SEA members enjoy a 25% discount at checkout.

A Certificate of Attendance will be emailed to participants.

If you think you have a new and interesting topic to share with us and would like to be our next speaker, please don’t hesitate to contact our event’s organiser on events@existentialanalysis.org.uk.



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February 24, 2023
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