2nd Edition

The Transpersonal Spirituality in Psychotherapy and Counselling

By John Rowan Copyright 2006
    328 Pages
    by Routledge

    328 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In this new edition of The Transpersonal, John Rowan takes account of the growing interest in spirituality, assessing the many new developments in the field and providing an essential overview of the multitude of guides now available on the subject.

    By providing a clear and highly readable introduction to the realm of the transpersonal, this book eliminates many of the misunderstandings that plague this area. It relates the transpersonal to everyday life as well as to professional concerns and the various schools of therapy. Divided into three parts, Being, Doing and Knowing, it encourages the reader to explore the levels of consciousness, the techniques involved in transpersonal work and the underlying theory. The unique relationship between the therapist and client is examined in detail, as are the imagined and imaginal world, personal mythology and transcultural work. An entirely new section is included on the ways in which the transpersonal therapist can use the concept of subpersonalities.

    This fully updated and revised version of John Rowan's original pioneering text provides a highly practical guide which will be useful to anyone working with the growing number of people with spiritual concerns.

    Introduction. Some Pioneers. Part I: Being. The Basic Map. Wilber and Therapies. Being in Transpersonal Psychotherapy. Part II: Doing. Imagination and the Imaginal World. Linking and Alchemy. Personal Mythology and Spiritual Emergencies. Other Cultures. Meditation, the Causal and the Nondual. Subpersonalities and the Transpersonal. Part III: Knowing. Issues in Transpersonal Theory. The Future of the Transpersonal.


    John Rowan is one of the pioneers of transpersonal psychology in the UK. He is a consultant in private practice in London and is author of Ordinary Ecstasy: The Dialectics of Humanistic Psychology, 3rd edn, The Reality Game: A Guide to Humanistic Counselling and Psychotherapy, 2nd edn, and The Future of Training in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Instrumental, Relational and Transpersonal Perspectives.

    "This book does impressive service in making the transpersonal and its psychology more accessible to its community of practicioners and those in the wider world." - Mark Sutherland, Journal of Mental Health, Vol. 17, No. 4, August 2008