‘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.

Therapy and Spirituality

Therapy and spirituality

Ever since the birth of modern psychology souls have been out of fashion. (Edwards, 1992)

The products of meditation are insight, awareness, equanimity and magnamity, and any therapist who declines to undertake a practice that strengthens and expands these vital therapeutic qualities has some explaining to do.(Claxton, 1996: 320)

It is apparent from the brief survey in Chapter 1 that spirituality is an important part of many people's lives and that it has a significant impact on personal health and well-being. As a result it might be expected to be part, perhaps an important part, of counselling and psychotherapy. Indeed, counselling and psychotherapy have spiritual origins to be found in practices of witches, priests and shamans (Benner, 1988; Ellenberger, 1970; Healey, 1993; ...

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