The SEA was founded in 1988 by Emmy Van Deurzen to advance public education in the use and application of Existential Analysis, and foster and disseminate research into Existential Analysis.
Members of the society include counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, academics, and philosophers from the United Kingdom and abroad.
The Society publishes two journals the Hermeneutic Circular, three times per year, and , Existential Analysis. These journals are free to members. Two issues of Existential Analysis are published per year. It is available for purchase online by non-members.
The Society organizes an annual Conference, regular forums, and discussion groups. The annual Talk from the Chair is held in the Autumn Term and precedes the AGM, which is followed by a social event for members.