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Psychodynamic / Psychoanalytic Roots of Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP) – Betty Cannon, Ph.D.



Dr. Betty Cannon is the president of the Boulder Institute for Psychotherapy. BPI trains practitioners in applied existential psychotherapy (AEP). AEP intertwines the insights of contemporary existential and psychodynamic approaches with techniques inspired by gestalt and other experimental therapies. Betty is its founder and has published many chapters, articles and an internationally recognized book on existential therapy.

Betty has trained therapists and worked with individuals, couples and groups in Boulder for over 30 years. She is an internationally renowned author, lecturer and workshop leader. Her book, Sartre and Psychoanalysis, is considered a classic in existential psychology. A chapter on Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP): An Experimental Psychodynamic Approach appears in a new book, Existential Therapy: Legacy, Vitality and Dialogue, edited by Laura Barnett and Greg Madison (Routledge, 2011). The book contains chapters by most well-known European and American existential psychologists.

Betty is a licensed psychologist and certified Gestalt therapist. She holds doctoral degrees in both literature and psychology. She also has extensive training in trauma, psychodynamic psychotherapy and group work. Betty is enthusiastic about the groups and offers many training, practice, processing, supervision and video review groups. Her therapy group has openings Monday night.

Betty is a member of the editorial boards of three professional journals: Sartre Studies International, Review of Existential Psychology and Psychiatry, and Existential Analysis. She is Professor Emerita of the Colorado Mining School, where she has been teaching literature and psychology for twenty years. She is an associate professor in the psychology graduate program at Naropa University and an associate professor at Regis University. She is a past president of the Colorado Psychotherapy Society and a past president of the Sarthe North American Society.

Betty offers training for mental health professionals in individual, couples, group, body-oriented and trauma care at the Boulder Institute for Psychotherapy. Her years of experience in the field have not diminished her passion for her job. She feels privileged to have shared so deeply with so many people over the years. Her life is enriched by the courageous work of her clients and students.