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Natalie Lancer – ‘Existential growth and The Eight Tensions Framework: navigating everyday challenges as students of life’ – 22nd of April at 07:00 pm to 9 pm.

April 22, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Dr Natalie Lancer, PhD (Lond), MA (Oxon), PGCE, MA (Lond), Dip Psych (Open)

Existential growth and The Eight Tensions Framework: navigating everyday challenges as students of life.

22nd April, 7pm-9pm on Zoom.


In this talk, Natalie shares her Eight Tensions Framework – the set of existential quandaries originally formulated regarding university students, but applicable to a much wider range of clients in psychotherapeutic and coaching settings. This can be explained in terms of us all being ‘students of life’, making deliberate decisions and reflecting on these, which is her interpretation of the nub of existential philosophy. In her talk, she will draw on a range of existential philosophers, including Frankl, May, Buber, Van Deurzen, Ortega y Gasset, Buber and Schneider.

She will demonstrate how to apply the easy-to-use format of these tensions, which can be shared in diagrammatic form and, if desired, as a set of reflective exercises for the client to complete. She will also propose a reformulated definition of ‘growth’ from an existential perspective. Natalie will explain why this definition is useful to share with clients and how it can be utilised within the Eight Tensions Framework.


Natalie is an existential coach and a member of the Association for Coaching. She is a Master’s and PhD supervisor at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling and the University of East London. She is the Secretary of the British Psychological Society’s Special Group in Coaching Psychology. She started her own coaching practice (www.natalielancer.com) in 2010, specialising in career coaching for young adults, drawing on her 11 years in various roles within schools, such as Assistant Head and Director of Higher Education. She co-authored a book on Coaching Techniques – Lancer, N., Clutterbuck, D. and Megginson, D. (2016). Techniques for Coaching and Mentoring (2nd edn). Oxford: Routledge. Natalie completed her doctorate in Psychology at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her doctoral work culminated in formulating The Eight Tensions Framework which is a set of existential quandaries. She now coaches a wide range of students, from A-level to PhD, using the Eight Tensions Framework.

This event will take place on Zoom. A link will be sent prior to the date.

SEA members enjoy a 25% discount at checkout.

A 2-hours 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 events organiser on events@existentialanalysis.org.uk.



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April 22, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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