Joel Vos, PhD

Dr Joel Vos does research, teaches and supervises on research in psychological counselling and psychotherapy. His research work focuses at developing the scientific foundations of existential and other humanistic therapies.

In the past, he has coordinated research on existential therapies, and on meaning-centred therapies more in particular, in close collaboration with mental health services. Together with his doctorate students, he has coordinated clinical trials for patients in palliative care, living with cancer, after a heart attack or stroke, and in chronic pain. Dr Vos has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in handbooks, and a book on the psychological-existential impact of genetic counselling. In 2018, he published his book ‘Meaning in life: a guide for practitioners’ on the basis of his research line. He self-published an artistic public-friendly book on meaning-centered research: ‘Fifty pictures of living a meaningful life’. Joel chairs the IMEC International Meaning Conferences (, and is involved in networks on existential therapies. In addition to his work at Metanoia, he is also programme leader of the professional doctorate in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling at the London New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling.

Joel’s work reflects an integration of different perspectives, as he studied both Clinical & Health Psychology, and Philosophy. Joel holds his own psychology practice (, and gives trainings, lectures, counselling, assessment and consultancy to individuals, companies, politicians, and NGOs. He has been trained in different therapeutic approaches in the Netherlands, and his general therapeutic approach may be described as pluralistic with a specific attention for existential themes. His work has been awarded with several grants and prizes, with over £1.500.000 in research grants.