‘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 3: Some Issues in Therapy Today
Some Issues in Therapy Today
In this chapter I will explore some issues relating to the current situation of therapy within Britain with regard to spirituality, focusing on the limits of secular therapy, the ‘empty’ or ‘saturated’ self of the individual in our modern consumer society, and the opportunity for spirituality to regain its part in the healing of people's woes. Finally I will explore the notion of counselling and psychotherapy as spiritual practices.
The Limits of (Secular) Therapy
Counselling has increasingly become a source of public controversy. On the one hand there is almost a knee-jerk reaction to disasters of ‘sending in the counsellors’. On the other hand there is much criticism in the press of counselling – of its apparent overuse, ...