Conference and Annual General Meeting

Metropolitan College, Athens–the conference venue

Existence and Insecurity

8th and 9th May 2020 (Conference)
10th May 2020 (Annual General Meeting)

Metropolitan College, Athens, Greece

In a rapidly changing world, humans and other beings are confronted with seen and unseen, obvious and hidden challenges. While the consequences of climate change become visible and urgent measures are required to protect life on this planet, the social aspect of our existence has moved to the virtual realm. Exciting possibilities such as new ways of relating have come with their own demons. Not only feel people increasingly isolated and estranged instead of connected, the fact that the sources of information are not always trustworthy threatens our grip on our existence.

With the threat of an ecological disaster on the one hand and the shadow side of exponential growth of virtual possibilities on the other, existential insecurity seems to take epidemic shapes. It gives rise to political instability and mass migration on a societal level, and experiences of self-doubt, angst, and hopelessness in ourselves and in our clients.

However, existential challenges are not new as such. Myths and tales from different times and countries show how people are able to face reality, meet their challenges, and regain courage to do the undoable.

In this second European Conference for Existential Therapy we want to face the challenges of our times and find inspiration in old wisdom and contemporary sources. By connecting to what frightens us, we can find the courage to engage with ourselves, the other, and the world in a different way.

The Federation for Existential Therapy in Europe was founded in 2015 at the First World Congress for Existential Therapy in London. It is approved as a charity in the United Kingdom and is a member of the European Association for Psychotherapy.

Confirmed speakers
Prof. Emmy van Deurzen, UK
Prof. Erik Craig, USA
Prof. Siebrecht Vanhooren, Belgium
Evgenia Georganda, Psy.D., Greece
Katerina Zymnis, Ph.D., Greece

For conference (8th and 9th May 2020): Metropolitan College (Athens Campus) 42, Akadimias str. , Athens, Attika, 10672
Location on Google Maps
For annual general meeting of FETE (10th May 2020): Gignesthai (The Hellenic Association for Existential Psychology) Diomhdois Kiriakou 2, Kifisia 145 62
Location on Google Maps

Language of the conference
English only.

REGISTER HERE (redirects to Eventbrite page of the conference)

Registration fees
Professional (early bird until 1st March 2020) – 100 Euro
Professional (after 2nd March 2020) – 140 Euro
Associate and Board Members of FETE – 70 Euro
Student – 50 Euro

Registration terms and conditions
Early Bird Registration will end on 1st March 1st 2020.
Refunds: Refund of half of the fee is possible until 1st March 2020. From 2nd March 2020 on no refunds will be allowed. Registration is non-transferable.

FETE is happy to offer a special rate for attendees in their bookings for Hotel Titania.
This special rate is valid for bookings until February 28th, 2020.
The rates are as following:
Single: 130 euros Bed and Breakfast (BB)
Double: 140 euros BB
Triple: 150 euros BB
To book:

Abstract Submission

Contact Us
For any questions, please contact Katerina Zymnis at

Organizing and Scientific Committee
Katerina Zymnis, Greece, Head of Organising Committee
Siebrecht Vanhooren, Belgium, Head of Scientific Committee
Evgenia Georganda, Greece
F. Jak Icoz, Turkey
Yali Sar Shalom, Israel