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‘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.

Introduction
Introduction

The Zeitgeist is now ripe for the integration of a spiritual strategy into mainstream psychotherapy theory and practice. (Richards and Bergin, 1997: 48)

It is essential to place counselling in a religious perspective because the concepts of conscience, covenant, community, altruism, love, confession, enlightenment, and many others are so central to religions and have obviously informed counselling theory and practice. (Feltham, 1995: 93)

Counselling and psychotherapy have a problem with spirituality: it does not easily fit in with the professional and secular image that many therapists seek to present to the world. Many follow Freud in being dismissive of religion and of spiritual experiences. Few counsellor and psychotherapist training programmes include any mention of spirituality as a healthy part of human life despite the research evidence ...

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