‘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.
Chapter 1: An Overview
It is not true that we have to give up the concern for the soul if we do not accept the tenets of religion. (Fromm, 1950: 9)
In the pastoral and spiritual context an understanding of what it means to be human cannot be contained solely within psychological models. (Lyall, 1995: 80)
It is now common for people to present themselves to therapists with concerns that they themselves have categorised as specifically spiritual in nature. (Thorne, 1998: x)
Psychotherapy, many would argue, is scientifically informed … With this frame of reference, religion or spirituality is the enemy. (Heelas and Kohn, 1996: 294)
This chapter sets the scene by considering what spirituality is before exploring religious, spiritual and mystical experiences and their relevance to modern psychotherapy. No ...