Epicurus, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche are forefathers of contemporary psychotherapy. Freud was aware of these wellsprings of modern therapy, and Jung brings them specifically into his writing and his methods. We not only get hints from these forefathers, but we also find a lasting base in them, such as Bubar's "l-thou" construct or Kierkegaard's emphasis on the ultimate relationship of the self to life. These ideas are assumed in Freud, Jung, Adler, Rank, Fromm and other leading therapists in our day. It is these latter therapists who have given us the web of ideas which underlie contemporary psychotherapy.
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Rollo R May, PhD In 1949, Rollo May received the first Ph/D in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University. In 1938, he was awarded a Master's of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary. Currently, he is in private practice in Tiburon, California. The author or co-authoer of 14 books, he is the recipient of many awards and honors for distingushed contributions and humanitarian work. He is one of the main proponents of humanistic approaches to psychotherapy and is the principal American interpreter of European existential thinking as it can be applied to psychotherapy.
James Hillman, PhD, who received his Ph.D. degree from the Univeristy of Zurich, has served as honorary secretary of the International Association for Analytical Psychology and for 10 years was Director of Studies at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. He has written 12 books and was nomiated for a Pulitzer prize.