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Psychotherapy and Spirit


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Acknowledgments Introduction Part 1: Transpersonal Theory 1. Basic Assumptions Defining Transpersonal Psychology Defininf Transpersonal Psycholtherapy: Theory and Practice Theory Basic Assumptions Practice 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 Conclusion 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 Conclusion 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 Treatment 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 Implications 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 Principles Conclusion References Index

About the Author

At the California Institute of Integral Studies, Brant Cortright is Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Integral Counseling Psychology program. He is the author of Integral Psychology: Yoga, Growth, and Opening the Heart, also published by SUNY Press.


"The field of transpersonal psychotherapy is growing rapidly and needs a competent overview and assessment of perspectives. Psychotherapy and Spirit meets this need. My guess is that it will be widely consulted not only by transpersonal psychotherapists but also by psychotherapists of other orientations who are open to the spiritual dimension of the psychotherapeutic process." --Michael Washburn, author of The Ego and the Dynamic Ground, Transpersonal Psychology in Psychoanalytic Perspective "Cortright brings together the disparate elements of transpersonal psychology in a way that is unique and profound. I know of no other work that so compellingly summarizes the progress and controversies within this groundbreaking discipline." -- John E. Nelson, M.D., author of Healing the Split: Integrating Spirit Into Our Understanding of the Mentally Ill "This material is central in the training of transpersonal therapists and in the continuing education of more traditionally oriented psychotherapists. Clearly the author's convictions and experience inspire the book, and it will resonate with other clinicians attempting to do transpersonal therapy." -- Arlene Mazak, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology

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