Psychotherapy and Spirit: Theory and Practice in Transpersonal Psychotherapy / Edition 1

Psychotherapy and Spirit: Theory and Practice in Transpersonal Psychotherapy / Edition 1

by Brant Cortright
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State University of New York Press

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Psychotherapy and Spirit: Theory and Practice in Transpersonal Psychotherapy / Edition 1

The first concise overview of transpersonal psychotherapy.

This volume brings together the major developments in the field of transpersonal psychotherapy. It articulates the unifying theoretical framework and explores the centrality of consciousness for both theory and practice. It reviews the major transpersonal models of psychotherapy, including Wilber, Jung, Washburn, Grof, Ali, and existential, psychoanalytic,and body-centered approaches, and assesses the strengths and limitations of each. The book also examines the key clinical issues in the field. It concludes by synthesizing some of the overarching principles of transpersonal psychotherapy as they apply to actual clinical work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791434666
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 07/17/1997
Series: SUNY series in the Philosophy of Psychology Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 386,790
Product dimensions: 6.28(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents



Part 1: Transpersonal Theory

1. Basic Assumptions

Defining Transpersonal Psychology
Defininf Transpersonal Psycholtherapy: Theory and Practice
Basic Assumptions
Challenges for Transpersonal Psychotherapy

2. The Psycho-Spiritual Framework

The Spiritual Dimension
The Psychological Dimension
The Integrating Transpersonal Framework
Transpersonal Models of Transformation
Some Historical Prejudices

3. Consciousness

The Methodology of Consciousness
The Therapeutic Power of Being With What Is
The Therapist's Consciousness

Part 2: Specific Approaches

4. Approaches to Transpersonal Psychotherapy

Ken Wilbur's Spectrum Model
Carl Jung's Analytical Psychology and Michael Washburn's Recent Innovations
Hameed Ali's Diamond Approach
Roberto Assagioli's Psychosynthesis
Stanislav Grof's Holotropic Model
Existential Transpersonal Psychotherapy
Transpersonal Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Body-Centered Transpersonal Approches

Part 3: Clinical Issues

5. Meditation and Psychotherapy

Spirit Paths—Impersonal Divine
Soul Paths—Personal Drive
Practices Shared by Spirit and Soul Paths
Conclusions and Discussion

6. Spiritual Emergency

A New View of Spiritual Experience
Spiritual Emergence Versus Spiritual Emergency
Forms of Spiritual Emergency
Differential Diagnosis
Implications of Spiritual Emergency

7. Altered States of Consciousness

Effects of Psychedelic Drugs
Models of Working Therapeutically
Effects of the Feeling Enhancers
Working Therapeutically
Guidelines for Use
Limitations of Altered State Work

8. Selected Topics in Transpersonal Psychotherapy

Birth and Death
Spiritual By-passing
Addiction and Recovery
Clinical and Ethical Dilemmas

Part 4: Conclusion

9. Principles of Transpersonal Practice




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