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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.

The Future of Therapy as a Spiritual Activity
The future of therapy as a spiritual activity

My struggle to integrate my therapeutic work with my spiritual and religious life reflects the preoccupations of many of my fellow professionals and not a few of my co-religionists. (Thorne, 1998: ix-x)

However, it is important not to underestimate the deep anxieties that can arise when counsellors try to work with both the religious and psychological paradigms together. (Rose, 1996: 18)

Spirituality has been part of human life since time immemorial and it is recognized by many people as relevant in some way to their lives. As Lyall puts it:

The spiritual journey of the client is nearly always a reflection of important themes in that person's life. It is surely a paradox ...

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