Psychotherapy and the Soul
This is a new series of interviews with an impressive line-up of well-known practitioners, researchers and writers who discuss the importance of the soul in our work as practitioners.
The importance of the soul in therapy
The word soul has multiple roots and meanings and this webcast is an opportunity to explore soul in the context of the therapeutic endeavor. To many therapists, soul is significant and connected to both philosophy and practice of psychotherapy or perhaps even seen as inseparable to our field. And yet, the word soul rarely appears in psychotherapy literature or on practitioners websites.
In this webcast series, we meet with well known practitioners, researchers and writers who have grappled with the dichotomies inherent in the idea, in concepts and meaning in psychotherapy contexts.
Thomas Moore is the author of the bestselling book Care of the Soul and ?fteen other books on deepening spirituality and cultivating soul in every aspect of life. He has been a monk, a musician, a university professor, and a psychotherapist, and today he lectures widely on holistic medicine, spirituality, psychotherapy, and the arts. He lectures frequently in Ireland and has a special love of Irish culture. He has a PhD in religion from Syracuse University and has won several awards for his work, including an honorary doctorate from Lesley University and the Humanitarian Award from Einstein Medical School of Yeshiva University.
Robert Romanyshyn is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. The author of seven books, he has published poems in several on line poetry sites and in print journals, including most recently, ‘In Memoriam: 1914-2014’ in The Humanistic Psychologist. A contributor to numerous edited volumes, he has published more than forty articles in psychology, philosophy, and education journals, written book reviews, has done radio, television and on line interviews, and has presented lectures and workshops worldwide. His most recent book is The Frankenstein Prophecies
Lady Diana Whitmore is the CEO and a founding Director of Teens and Toddlers UK, a charity founded in 2001 to address the social exclusion of young people. As well as being CEO of Teens and Toddlers Diana is founder, President and Co-chair of the Psychosynthesis & Education Trust, having practised psychosynthesis – a branch of positive psychology concerned with helping individuals to realise their potential - for 35 years. She is also the author of two books, Psychosynthesis Counselling in Action and Psychosynthesis in Education: A Guide to the Joy of Learning.
Chris Robertson has been a psychotherapist and trainer since 1978. His training background includes Psychosynthesis, Child Psychotherapy, Family Therapy and Archetypal Psychology. He contributed the chapter ‘Dangerous Margins’ to the Ecopsychology anthology Vital Signs (Karnac, 2012); is co-author of Emotions and Needs (OUP, 2002); and author of several articles including ‘The Numinous Psyche’ in International Journal of Psychotherapy (Vol. 18, no2). He is a co-founder of Re-Vision, an integrative and transpersonal psychotherapy training centre, where he is involved in developing Ecopsychology.
Nigel Hamilton, Ph.D, is the Director of the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education and Dream Research Institute (DRI), a Transpersonal Psychotherapy Training Centre and Clinic in London, where he lectures and practices as a Psychotherapist; UK representative for Sufi Order international; originally trained as a Physicist, working at the MIT for the use of light in Energy Storage Research. He is the author of the recently published Awakening Through Dreams: The Journey Through the Inner Landscape (2014).
Mary Smail, is a psychotherapist and senior dramatherapy trainer in the Jungian Sesame Approach which works symbolically through embodied imagination. She was Director of the Sesame Institute until 2015. Mary presently works in private practice under the name of SoulWorks UK. She runs the training Psyche and Soma – Soul-making through the arts and is a visiting trainer at Re-Vision Counselling & Psychotherapy with a Soulful Perspective. She is co-author of Myth and Fairy-tale in Dramatherapy - The Golden Stories of Sesame.