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Webinar (Live) Event 
Philosophical Reflections and Insights
for Psychologists and Psychotherapists

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How can we use the combination of philosophy and psychotherapy to enhance our therapeutic wisdom?


Philosophy offers a rich understanding of the role of emotions in responding to mental health challenges. Moods such as anxiety, perplexity, despair, confusion, curiosity and wonder are triggers for philosophical reflection and psychotherapy. Philosophical reflection adds to the modules, skills, wisdom and attunement of psychotherapeutic approaches. It provides frameworks for enabling clients to turn moods into opportunities to see, do and be in the world in much more fulfilling ways. Each philosopher provides a process for working with healing and transformation. For example, Socratic questioning is a process of dealing with perplexity. Martin Heidegger shows how phenomenology and hermeneutics provide processes for working with questions of meaning, anxiety and the point of existence.


This workshop will provide psychologists and psychotherapists with an additional set of frameworks and skills to work effectively with disruptive moods that clients bring into therapy.


APS / NZPsS  member: $450 ex GST

PACFA member: $450 ex GST

Non-member: $500 ex GST

10.00 CPD Hours

APS CPD-Approved
PACFA CPD-Approved

Workshop topics

Topics that will be covered include:

  1. Plato’s cave allegory, emotions of disruption in philosophy and psychotherapy.

  2. Socratic approaches to philosophy and psychotherapy.

  3. A Nietzschean approach to psychotherapy: becoming through overcoming.

  4. Psychotherapy as a Kierkegaardian process of becoming through leaping into the unfamiliar.

  5. Heidegger and the mood of therapeutic questioning

Unlock the synergy of philosophy and psychology in a transformative webinar workshop series designed for psychologists, psychotherapists and mental health professionals.

The series will be experiential and interactive.​

Participants will receive a certificate of completion for 10 CPD hours on completion of the course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this workshop series participants should be able to:

  • enhance their therapeutic wisdom as a psychologist,

  • increase the range of skills and frameworks to use in your psychology practice,

  • throw new light onto existing therapeutic challenges,

  • develop a reflective and reflexive approach to your self-development as a therapist,

  • increase the breadth and depth of your therapeutic know-how and knowledge, and 

  • provide a model through which to situate different psychologies and philosophies in relationship to each other. 

Target audience

This activity is targeted towards Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Mental Health Professionals, and anyone interested in the fusion of philosophy and psychotherapy.


You have a gift of making complex philosophical thinking easier to understand and apply to daily life.

I thoroughly recommend Steven’s workshops. His ability to illuminate the link between philosophy and psychological practice has enriched and deepened my work as a psychologist.

I would love to know if you are offering anymore PD related or group work in the future.. have thoroughly enjoyed the Thursday night content over the last month, thank you!

I enjoy every minute of your 'lecturing' I wouldn't refer to it as lecturing. I think you have a lovely conversational style.

I absolutely loved the course and to say it has given me new perspectives is a gross understatement. It is has started me on a long, fascinating journey that I will continue throughout my career. Thank you.

I so much enjoyed the opportunity to do this seminar . It was fascinating, affirming and integrative for me.

Condensing all of these philosophical reflections into 10 meaningful hours of insights is impressive. It has been a blessing for me to have been able to learn from you. Thank you so much for your wisdom.

Thank you so much again for an absolutely lovely opportunity to dive in deep. … Such a blessing to have been taught through such an experiential program.  This was also my most enjoyable PD sessions to date!


There is a choice of two webinar courses:


Once a week for five weeks on Thursday evenings 

6.30pm – 8.30pm AEST

1, 8, 15, 22, 29 August 2024




Once a week for five weeks on Tuesday evenings

6.30pm – 8.30pm AEST

3, 10, 17, 24 September & 1 October 2024

Select the webinar that best suits you:

Expression of Interest

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Dr Steven Segal

About the presenter

Dr Steven Segal is a registered and practising Psychologist. He was appointed Associate Professor of Management at Macquarie University, Sydney where he taught psychology and philosophy in the context of management and leadership.


Dr Segal has conducted professional development workshops in a range of areas including leadership, education, psychology and psychotherapy. He brings a unique combination of psychology, philosophy, management education and leadership to enable professionals at all levels to develop their practice.

Themes which have driven his interest in psychology and philosophy include anxiety and depression. He has always been focused on the practical application of philosophy which gives him an additional and helpful lens in his practice as a psychologist. Utilising philosophy, he enables clients to gain insight into themselves and the social context in which they live. He has an action orientated view of philosophical reflection and believes that action and reflection form an ongoing cycle on the psychotherapeutic journey. ​


Dr Segal’s Masters and PhD focus on educational frameworks for working with anxiety and despair. His most recent research project focused on the challenging psychological experiences involved in management and leadership development. ​


He has published two books which both deal with anxiety and emotion in the context of management:

  • Business Feel and Management Practice, and

  • Creative Destruction: Existential Skills for Inquiring Managers, Researchers and Educators. ​

He has edited books including Face to Face with Management Practice and been the section editor of the Handbook on Managerial Philosophy. Dr Segal has published over 30 peer-reviewed scholarly articles in a range of disciplines including philosophy, psychology, and management.

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