Psychotherapy and Spirituality: Crossing the Line between Therapy and Religion

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  • Perspectives on Psychotherapy

    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

    Edward Erwin

    Psychotherapy and Society

    David Pilgrim

    Feminism and Psychotherapy

    edited by

    I. Bruna Seu and M. Colleen Heenan

    Therapy Across Culture

    Inga-Britt Krause

    Psychotherapy and Science

    Robert Langs

    Psychotherapy and Spirituality

    William West

    Psychotherapy and Politics

    Nick Totton

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    Dedication

    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.

    Acknowledgements

    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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