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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.

Meeting the Challenge: Necessary Knowledge
Meeting the challenge: Necessary knowledge

In this chapter I will be exploring how therapists can prepare themselves for working with their clients’ spiritual issues, and in the following chapter the implications this approach has for the therapeutic encounter. I am concerned here with some of the information, experience and awareness necessary on the part of the therapist so that she or he can be open to clients’ spirituality as it manifests within the therapeutic encounter. This chapter includes a consideration of spiritual awakening and emergence; assessment issues including spiritual assessment; spiritual addictions; countertransference matters; spiritual development of therapists; mapping the psychospiritual; and the possibilities offered by a phenomenologicalexistential view of therapy and spirituality.

Spiritual Awakening and Emergence

Some spiritual or mystical experiences are ...

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