Psychotherapy and Spirituality: Crossing the Line between Therapy and Religion
Publication Year: 2000
‘This book is encyclopaedic in its range compacting much fascinating material into a small space.…West has a gift for summarising and critiquing others' thought with brevity.…The book will resource and stimulate its readers’ — Counselling. ‘There have been many books written about counselling with respect to class, politics, gender, culture and similar issues but, as far as I am aware, this is the first major work to be presented in this country about working with a client's spirituality and the importance this may have… Is a must for trainees in the field and for those who feel a client's spirituality is an irrelevance.’ — Cahoots.
- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Subject Index
- Chapter 1: An Overview
- Chapter 2: Therapy and Spirituality
- Chapter 3: Some Issues in Therapy Today
- Chapter 4: Spirituality in Britain Today
- Chapter 5: The Spiritual Space and Spiritual Unfolding
- Chapter 6: Meeting the Challenge: Necessary Knowledge
- Chapter 7: Meeting the Challenge: Practice
- Chapter 8: Answering the Critics
- Chapter 9: The Future of Therapy as a Spiritual Activity
Perspectives on Psychotherapy[Page ii]
editor: Colin Feltham
Sheffield Hallam University
Each book in this challenging and incisive series takes a particular perspective on psychotherapy to place it in its intellectual and cultural context. Disciplines which will be brought to bear in this series will include sociology, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, science and feminism.
Books in the series
Philosophy and Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy and Society
Feminism and Psychotherapy
I. Bruna Seu and M. Colleen Heenan
Therapy Across Culture
Psychotherapy and Science
Psychotherapy and Spirituality
Psychotherapy and Politics
© William West 2000
First published 2000
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I dedicate this book to the memory of my mother Margaret Ethel West (1911–92) who taught me more about spirituality than I usually know.[Page vi]
Any book like this one that takes a long time to incubate leaves the author struggling with whom to acknowledge. Firstly, this book would never have appeared without the active encouragement and support of my editor Colin Feltham and of Susan Worsey at Sage. My colleagues Dr Henry Hollanders and Mary Berry at the Counselling Research and Training Group at Manchester University were invaluable and very understanding, especially during a period of study leave. The therapists who participated in my researches into therapy, healing and spirituality have made a huge contribution, especially the members of the PsychoSpiritual Initiative, but must inevitably remain anonymous.
A number of the ideas in this book were thrashed out in doctoral supervision sessions with Professor John McLeod, in seminars with various groups of students, and in presentations at various conferences including SPR (International) at Salt Lake City (1998), the Durham International Counselling Conference (1998) and the BAC Research Conference (1997).
I have been much influenced by contact with a number of people including: Linda Ankrah, Allen Bergin, Joy Dickinson, David Hay, Enid Hughes, Grace Jantzen, Kate Keogh, Bruce Liese, Fiona Moore, Clark Moustakas, David Orlinsky, Abdullah Popoola, Colin Purcell-Lee, David P. Smith, Richard Summers, Mary Swale (who gave valuable comments and feedback on a late draft of the book), Brian Thorne, Brian Wade and Alex Wildwood, none of whom should be held responsible in any way for the contents.
Figure 6.1 ‘A multilevel multidimensional assessment strategy’, copyright American Psychological Association 1997, and Table 7.1 ‘Prayer behaviours in order of frequency’, copyright Jessica Rose 1993, are reprinted with permission.
Finally my thanks to my wife without whom little of this would be possible. During the course of writing this book my daughter Emily Grace was born. She has had a huge impact on my life including my limited grasp of spirituality.
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