I am currently the DCPsych Programme Leader, a joint programme with Middlesex University and taught at NSPC.

I have taught a variety of short courses and workshops on the existential approach to psychotherapy and counselling, at both Masters and doctorate Level, for a number of different academic institutions.

Introduction to Existential Therapy with Claire Arnold-Barker

This one day training workshop will provide a broad overview of existential theory through examination and exploration of the various themes found in existential philosophy. The workshop will also show how these philosophical ideas have been translated into practice and used as an approach to therapy. Throughout the day, students will be given the opportunity to engage with theory in a practical way and begin to learn some of the basics of key counselling skills.

Claire regularly teaches the Introduction to Existential Therapy workshop at the Existential Academy.

Wake Up Your Life! with Claire Arnold-Baker – a new 5 week course

  • Ever had the feeling that you were sleeping-walking through life?
  • Or felt so caught up in the routine of everyday life, that you have no time or space to think about how you’re actually living it?

If so create some time and space in your week to really think about your life and the way you are living it.  In just 5 weeks you will be able to get a new perspective on your life and it will awaken your curiosity about life.

Wake Up Your Life is a 5 week course, which runs for one hour a week.  The course aims to give you the tools to help you to think deeply about how you are living your life and how you might live differently, more actively and with greater purpose.  Each week we will look at an aspect of our lives and with the aid of practical exercises you will gain a new perspective on your life.

Week 1            Taking stock and becoming aware

Week 2            Making choices, taking responsibility and living actively

Week 3            Getting in touch with ourselves, how we create and recreate ourselves

Week 4            Establishing what is important in our lives and what is worth living for

Week 5            Creating a meaningful and purposeful life

Cost of the 5 week course is £75.  The course will take place at the Therapy Centre, 6B Church Street, Off London Street, Reading Berks RG1 2SB.  The course will start on Wednesday 14th January 2015 from 12.30-1.30.  To register for the course please email

Updates on the courses and workshops that Claire will be running will be posted on her blog.