Who Am I and Other Existential Questions

Date: 20th May 2023


“Inner peace doesn’t come from getting what we want,

but from remembering who we are.”

 Marianne Williamson

This workshop will explore one of the biggest existential questions we and our clients face during our lives.

Who Am I!



Often, in our work as counsellors, we can find ourselves in a situation where we are having to help clients to realise who and what they are not, in order that they can find out who and what they are.  We may face times when we are called to help clients with existential depression and can feel lost in such daunting work, particularly when we haven’t travelled this journey for ourselves.

Together we will discuss existentialism and gain a clearer idea of what it is and how existential crisis links to mental health and explore The Connections Model, a holistic model of the self that can be useful to consider when we are exploring the question – Who Am I.

This workshop will present ideas to help participants consider who and what they are along with providing tools that can be used in client work when clients present with existential problems.

Course details

Our CPD workshops are facilitated by experienced practicing specialists in their fields. We have a range of courses that are aimed at qualified counsellors who wish to develop their practice, as well as students of counselling. Each day is certified with 6 hours of CPD.

Timing of day: 10am-4.30pm

Delivery method: Online Workshop. Participants will learn by a lecture format, group discussions, pair work, exploring case studies and by practicing techniques learned, in the training group.

Open to: Qualified therapists, Heartwood diploma students and students from other counselling training colleges.

Cost per day: £85 (Current Heartwood students or Heartwood Alumni receive special rate of £45 per day).

Learning Outcomes:

  • Define existentialism
  • Explain existential crisis and recognise it in client work
  • Discuss the link between existential crisis and mental health
  • Identify and explain The Connections Model in relation to understanding the self
  • Discuss who we are in relation to our family and the conditioning we gained from them
  • Define “who I am”
  • Discuss the link between who we are and our purpose



Mark Hartshorn has designed and taught counselling and supervision courses since 2008.  He has taught in private and adult education settings and set up an independent specialist counselling training organisation which he ran for 7 years until 2021.  He has around 30 years of experience of working in the field of holistic therapy, counselling and wellbeing.  He is author of The Connections Model, a holistic model of wellbeing and connection.  He is passionate about empowering others and brings this passion into his teaching which he delivers with humour and realness.


Cost per day: £85 (Current Heartwood students or Heartwood Alumni receive special rate of £45 per day).

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