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Commemorating 25 years of Existential Analysis.

It is the 25th anniversary of the publication of the Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis this year and this is an occasion well worth celebrating. Existential Analysis is a Journal of note in its specialist field and is known worldwide by those interested in reflecting on existential reality, especially but not exclusively so in relation to practicing the professions of psychotherapy and counselling. A quarter of a century of quality papers on philosophical therapy is something to be grateful for and not take for granted.

Twenty-five years ago it wasn't obvious that existential therapy would ever be considered a valid form of therapy. The creation of the Society for Existential Analysis as a platform for existential therapists has made a huge difference to the situation and to the credibility of our field. But SEA would not have had the gravitas it has without being supported by a good journal which demonstrates the thoughtfulness that goes into training and practicing as an existential therapist and thinking carefully about human existence.

When we created the SEA in 1988 we were aware of the importance of supporting it with a journal. I am grateful to the first two editors of that first journal: Carole Van Artsdalen and Elena Lea Zanger, who produced that all important first volume in 1990 that carried the papers of our very first, 1988 conference. It might be nice to bring out that first journal in a new edition at some point as it was in some ways the defining statement on what the SEA was about and has long been out of print.

But of course what has really made the Journal what it is today is a long and sustained sequence of twice yearly publications with papers of interest and sometimes full of controversy. The second team of editors (in 1991) were Ernesto Spinelli and Alessandra Lemma, followed in 1993 by Simon du Plock (who had contributed a paper to the previous volume) with Hans Cohn, followed in July 2000 by Simon du Plock and John Heaton, succeeded in July 2007 by Simon du Plock and Greg Madison. There have also been two very popular volumes of selected papers: Existential Challenges to Psychotherapeutic Theory and Practice, (edited by Simon du Plock and Hans Cohn) appeared in 1995; Further Existential Challenges to Psychotherapeutic Theory and Practice, (edited by Simon du Plock) was published in 2002.

Which brings me to a very necessary and long overdue expression of gratitude to all those who have been instrumental in making this Journal so good. But as will be evident, in particular to Simon du Plock who has laboured for many years now to keep the quality of the Journal improving and keep it regular, alive and vital. There are many people who make a Society what it is, but editors of journals are rarely seen and appreciated for the constant efforts they put in. Simon has edited no fewer than 22 Volumes of the Journal and on our 25th anniversary I would like to express my thanks to him in particular for a job extremely well done.

May the Journal continue to flourish for the next quarter of a century to come and may it keep alive our interest in exploring existence with all the passion and clarity we can muster.

Emmy van Deurzen, London, January 2014

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Author:van Deurzen, Emmy
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Date:Jan 1, 2014
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