George Berguno

BSc, MSc, PhD, CPsychol

Research Supervisor


I have been teaching psychoanalysis, phenomenology and existential philosophy for over twenty years, and have supervised doctoral dissertations on counselling psychology for nearly as long. As a researcher, I am committed to projects that give voice to persons who are vulnerable, marginalised, and oppressed. If you are looking for a research supervisor, and share a similar ethical goal, I would be interested to hear from you. I am primarily interested in supervising projects that use phenomenological methods, but I am familiar with a range of methodologies, including grounded theory.

I have published over thirty articles in peer-reviewed journals and five books. The last book was Schutzian Phenomenology & Hermeneutic Traditions, which I co-authored with Dr Michael Staudigl, Research Director at the University of Vienna. I am currently Professor of Psychology at Richmond American International University in London, and, for the past five years, I also worked in the Counselling Department at City, University of London, where I was a supervisor on the D Psych Counselling Programme. My research interests are very diverse, as you can see from this limited selection of publications, conferences and workshops.

Selected Publications

  • Berguno, G. (2008). Towards a New Conception of the Human Condition. Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis, 19.2, 246-253.
  • Berguno, G. & Loutfy, N. (2009). A Phenomenological Study of Sudanese Children’s Experience of Seeking Refuge in North Africa. Schutzian Research, 1, 27 - 49.
  • Berguno, G. (2011). Evanescence and Tragic Beauty: An Existential Reading of Yukio Mishima’s “The Temple of the Golden Pavilion”. Existential Analysis, 22.2, 280 – 290. 
  • Berguno, G. (2014). A Phenomenological Analysis of Existential Conscience in James Ivory’s (1993) “The Remains of the Day”. Existential Analysis, 25.1, 91 - 102.
  • Berguno, G. (2015). A Phenomenological Meditation on Shinya Tsukamoto’s Vital. Existential Analysis, 26.1, 86 – 93.
  • Willig, C., Berguno, G., Cooper, M., Milton, M., du Plock, S. & Spinelli, E. (2015). SEA Conference – Round Table and Open Forum: ‘The Challenge to Theory in Existential Psychotherapy’. Existential Analysis, 26.2, 225 – 236.

Conferences and Workshops

  • Berguno, G. (2012). The Simulator as Escapist: A Phenomenological Contribution to Simone de Beauvoir’s Ethics of Ambiguity. Paper presented at the 20th International Conference of the Simone de Beauvoir Society, Oslo, Norway, June 20 – 23, 2012.
  • Berguno, G. (2012 & 2013). Exploring Existential Conscience in Therapeutic Practice. A one-day clinical workshop presented at the Royal Society of Medicine on November 24, 2012, and June 29, 2013 as part of the Authentica Existential Practitioners series.
  • Berguno, G. (2014). A Phenomenological Study of the Crisis of Conscience Prior to Occupational Burnout. Paper presented at the 4th International Bridges Phenomenology Conference, Kaohsiung University, Taiwan, June 2014.
  • Berguno, G. (2014 & 2015). Working with Regret, Resentment and Revenge. A one-day clinical workshop presented at Birkbeck College, University of London on October 18, 2014, and June 27, 2015 as part of the Authentica Existential Practitioners series.
  • Berguno, G. (2015). A Phenomenological Study of Burnout and Organizational Cynicism. Keynote speech presented at the Symposium: Hubris in Business and Management, Surrey Business School, University of Surrey, May 20th 2015.
  • Berguno, G. (2016 - 2017). Working with Disillusionment and Pessimism. A one-day clinical workshop presented at Birkbeck College, University of London on July 9th 2016, as part of the Authentica Existential Practitioners series. This workshop was also presented to the Society for Existential Analysis on February 25th, 2017.

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