Professor Ernesto Spinelli
Ernesto Spinelli is a tutor for The Grove, who has wide experience of teaching psychotherapists and supervisors, most recently as a Senior Fellow at Regent’s College School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology. In addition to his academic work he also maintains a private practice as a psychotherapist, executive coach and supervisor. (He doesn’t see clients at The Grove.)
His frame is Existential Coaching, basing its approach upon the central assumption that life is an uncertain enterprise and that the one predictable thing we can say about it is that we will be confronted with the unpredictable at any point throughout our journey.
As human beings, we all share the experience of facing and confronting any number of uncertainties of living. These may be personal (such as issues surrounding health, employment, or romance) or work-related (such as the eruption of unforeseen conflict within one’s company, or between competing organisations or nations) or, often, contain elements of both. Whatever the uncertainty may be, however, our experience of it provokes a felt sense of unease, or anxiety.
Existential Coaching recognises that anxiety is not necessarily “a bad thing” or a problematic presence that must be reduced or removed. The feeling of anxiety can be stimulating, can put us in touch with our sense of being alive, and is the source to all creative and original insight and decision-making. On reflection, a life that was anxiety-free would be empty of meaning, enthusiasm, curiosity and the urge to advance itself.
Having published a new edition of his bestselling book, The Interpreted World: An Introduction To Phenomenological Psychology, his other books include Demiysitfying Therapy, Tales of Unknowing: Therapeutic Encounters From An Existential Perspective, and Practising Existential Psychotherapy: The Relational World. Ernesto is a Founding Member of the British Psychological Society Special Group in Coaching Psychology and is on the editorial board of the International Coaching Psychology Review.
He is an existential psychotherapist registered with UKCP, a Fellow of the BACP, a Chartered Psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Ernesto’s other academic awards include BA, MSc and PhD.