(d. 2014)

                              Memorial Page

Dr. Alvin R. Mahrer.......



Professor Emeritus at the School of Psychology - University of Ottawa 

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

Is one of four recipients in the first "Living Legends in Psychotherapy "by the APA's Division of Psychotherapy (2002). 

Has received the Award for Excellence in Research in 1992 from the University of Ottawa

Special Pricing on Dr. Mahrer's Recent Books

New copies of ....

The Complete Guide To Experiential Psychotherapy,

Dream Work

Experiential Psychotherapy

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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."

Mahrer 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.

Dr.Mahrer's current books are:  

Transformation: A Glimpse Into The Future Of
How Change Will Come About 

Howard Gontovnick Publications (2010) 

The Origin Of A Person
Howard Gontovnick Publications (2010)

What Is Psychotherapy For? 
An Alternative To The Profession Of Psychotherapy

Howard Gontovnick Publications (2010)

The Optimal Person
Howard Gontovnick Publications (2009)

The Manual of Optimal Behaviors
Howard Gontovnick Publications (2008)

How Psychotherapy Can Become A Science
Howard Gontovnick Publications (2007)

Coming soon 

"The Relativity of Psychological Things: Toward A Paradigm Shift In The Field Of Psychotherapy" 

By Alvin Mahrer, Ph.D.

 Howard Gontovnick wrote;

In March 1996, Al Mahrer wrote a brief but memorable comment in my copy of "The Complete Guide to Experiential Psychotherapy." The inscription says - "I hope you and I can talk much more about this therapy and that you take it further than I have."

In hindsight, his words have always served as a kind of challenge and source of inspiration not just to learn and practice his experiential psychotherapy - but more so as a creative platform from which to go further. I like to think of his words as a challenge to consider the wider implications to bring about powerful revolutionary changes in what I do and essential what I can be.

This web site will serve as a focal point for Dr.Mahrer's work and at the same time - an invitation for one to seriously consider stepping outside their usual perceptions and beliefs with the goal of discovering that which is deeper within each one of us. Whether as a psychotherapist, teacher or  individual, each one of us has the ability to transform from what we are - and move toward what one can be. As such, I think we should consider Mahrer's work as an important platform to embark on that inner journey to become all that one can become.

Howard Gontovnick Ph.D. / 2006.

Montreal, QcCanada


This web 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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