“In an anthroposophic approach to counseling and psychotherapy, we integrate the whole paradigm of spiritual science into the contemporary forms of psychology, thereby re-formulating a psychology inclusive of body, soul, and spirit.” – the late Dr. William Bento, Executive Director of Anthroposophic Psychology Associates of North America (APANA)
The art of counseling is practiced in many settings. An uncle counsels a troubled niece. A licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC) works in a treatment center for drug addicts. A counselor can also be everything in between the two. If you consider everyone who mentors another—from life-coaches to police officers to wedding planners to lawyers to intimate friends—counseling includes all of us. Whereas mainstream counseling psychology has been moving increasingly toward cognitive and pharmacological approaches, this book brings us back to a psychology of soul and spirit. Through the guidance of Anthroposophy, the becoming human being, and Sophia, and divine wisdom, counselors will rediscover here an approach to people that has the heart of soul, and the light of spirit.
“EXCELLENT resource – challenging current psychological theories and practices, and making a strong case for including Spirit”
This extraordinary book is a treasure trove of wisdom, suitable for every individual who is doing any kind of counseling work – formally or informally. Authored and edited by experienced counselor-teachers, each chapter is rich with wisdom and practical advice. Clear and provocative. While well grounded in the best of psychological theory, the authors challenge the conventional approach of pathology/dis-ease and the dangers of looking at an individual through the lens of the DSM (Diagnostic & Statistical Manual), inviting readers to approach psychology from the point of view of normality and health (“salutogenesis”) and to expand our horizons to embrace the undeniable importance of Spirit.” C.Huston