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Spiritual Issues in Therapy

Relating Experience to Practice

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. William West
    Pages 1-12
  3. William West
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  4. William West
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  5. William West
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  6. William West
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  7. William West
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  8. William West
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  9. William West
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  10. William West
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 154-177

About this book


The important and engaging book encourages counsellors, psychotherapists, pastoral care workers and others involved in the helping professions to consider the significance of spirituality and spiritual experiences both for their clients and for the practice of therapy.

Drawing on the author's wide experience of researching, teaching and practicing therapy and spirituality within therapeutic, healing, religious and educational settings, it addresses:
- the challenge of being present to our clients' spirituality and spiritual issues
- making sense of psychospiritual therapeutic practice
- cross-cultural work including learning from traditional healing
- how to research therapy and spirituality
- the implications of this emerging way of working with clients which the author refers to as 'soul attending'

Students and practitioners will find this book both thought-provoking and inspiring, but ultimately highly practical and as such an essential practice companion.


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About the authors

WILLIAM WEST is a Senior Lecturer in Counselling Studies and Director of Counselling Courses at the University of Manchester. 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.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Spiritual Issues in Therapy
  • Book Subtitle Relating Experience to Practice
  • Authors William N. West
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2004
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection Social Sciences (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-99041-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-00097-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 192
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Clinical Psychology
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