Developer of Experiential Psychotherapy and the quest to become an optimal person

This internet site is deadicated to the teachings, contributions and continued developments of the work of Dr. Alvin R. Mahrer.  

Dr. Mahrer's  Achievements;

Professor Emeritus at the School of Psychology University of Ottawa 

Rollo May Award for Pursuit of New Frontiers - APA Division 32 (2006)

Mahrer was one of four recipients in the first "Living Legends in Psychotherapy " by  the APA's Division of Psychotherapy

In 1992, he received the Award for Excellence in Research from the 
University of Ottawa

In 1989, Dr. Mahrer wrote:

"We spend our entire lives in continuous resistance to the encroaching deeper potential. The person who discovers that the way out is through the very doorway he has desperately avoided in each critical moment has entered a whole new world of exhilarating freedom and self-determination."

On Experiential Psychotherapy

Experiential psychotherapy does not aim at reducing or resolving problems. It's directions of change include the washing away of bad feelings of pain, hurt, suffering; the ending of scenes of bad feelings; no longer does the person behave in ways that construct and use the situational context to undergo painful experiencing accompanied with bad feelings.

The Complete Guide to Experiential Psychotherapy
(1996) P.102.


This webT site was developed and will continue to be maintained by Dr. Howard Gontovnick. The contents of this site are dedicated to the dissemination of the work of Dr. Alvin R. Mahrer. Updates will be made irregularly to enhance or expand on information related to this web site. Please send all questions or comments with regard to his web site to:  Howard Gontonvick.


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