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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Exploring Therapy, Spirituality and Healing

ISBN 9780230554061
Publication Date December 2010
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Spirituality and healing are controversial issues in counselling and psychotherapy. This cutting edge text discusses the philosophical, practical and ethical issues involved in counselling and explores major critiques of work on spirituality and healing. Students, trainees and professionals will find this an enriching and thought-provoking read.

WILLIAM WEST Reader in Counselling Studies and Director of Counselling Courses at the University of Manchester, UK. He is a Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and has written extensively on therapy and spirituality, qualitative research, supervision, humanistic therapy and culture.

Foreword; B.Thorne
Introduction; W.West
Spirituality and Therapy: The Tensions and Possibilities; W.West
When the Client's Spirituality is Denied in Therapy; C.Jenkins
Counselling and Pastoral Care; T.Biddington
Integrating Prayer in Counselling; P.Gubi
Compassion in Psychotherapy; B.Vivino & B.Thompson
Counselling, Spirituality and Culture; F.Christodoulidi
Embodied Spirituality and the Therapeutic Encounter; D.Yusef
When Counselling Becomes Healing; W.West
Traditional Healing Alongside Counselling and Psychotherapy; R.Moodley & O.Oulanova
Assessing a Counsellor's Use of a Seemingly Spiritual Gift; C.Gorsedene
Psychic Energy and the Client; M.Wardle
Research in Spirituality and Healing; W.West
Emergent Spirituality; D.Smith
Practice Around Therapy, Spirituality and Healing; W.West


The book is well structured, with much discussion of ethics, implications for practice, supervision and training. A plethora of examples and case studies make it accessible and engaging...It should be of interest to all therapists who are interested in the spiritual dimension of their work and willing to look beyond the confines of their own framework.' - Dr Els van Ooijen, Therapy Today
'This book has left me with an excitement about what we are engaging with when we enter into a therapeutic relationship, while acknowledging with West that we need to take great care, as 'therapeutic practice around spirituality and healing remains controversial''. Victoria Sherratt, Thresholds
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