Saturday, 1 January 2011

Existential Pioneers. 4. Martti Siirala (1922–2008). Inner Circle Seminar 159 (23 January 2011)

Martti Siirala
Existential Pioneers

4. Martti Siirala
An exploration of his life and work

Anthony Stadlen
(with Ann-Helen Siirala and Marja-Liisa Siirala)
Inner Circle Seminar No. 159
Sunday 23 January 2011
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Martti Siirala of Helsinki (born 24 November 1922, died 18 August 2008 aged 85) was one of the world’s great original, best-loved, existential psychotherapists. He and his wife Ann-Helen Siirala spent his 80th birthday with us in London, conducting a well-remembered Inner Circle Seminar. Today, Ann-Helen Siirala and Martti Siirala’s daughter Marja-Liisa Siirala honour us by coming from Helsinki to take part in a seminar on his case studies, his thinking on ‘schizophrenia’, and his theory of ‘social pathology’ – a metaphor for a terrible literal truth. We ask: what are the implications for psychotherapy, and beyond?

Venue: Durrants Hotel, 26–32 George Street, Marylebone, London W1H 5BJ (
Cost: Students £108, others £135; some bursaries; mineral water, coffee, tea, biscuits, liquorice allsorts included
Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857 E-mail:
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The Inner Circle Seminars were founded by Anthony Stadlen in 1996 as an ethical, existential, phenomenological search for truth in psychotherapy. They have been kindly described by Thomas Szasz as ‘Institute for Advanced Studies in the Moral Foundations of Human Decency and Helpfulness’. But they are independent of all institutes, schools and colleges.

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