This collection of writings by eight enthusiastic exponents of the Person-Centred Approach is presented as a Festschrift, offered in tribute to Brian Thorne, one of Britain’s seminal practitioners, teachers and writers of that therapeutic orientation from its earliest days in the UK. Brian is particularly recognised for his ability to focus and express the spiritual dimension and applications of person-centredness. Each essay relates to the spiritual dimension of therapy and being human from a variety of perspectives and will speak to readers of many faith affiliations and none.
Jeff Leonardi has gathered material which breaks out of the either/or trap of faith positions and embraces the living experience of human beings in all its richness and profundity, while acknowledging a dimension which both Carl Rogers and Brian Thorne refer to as ‘spiritual’ without the dogmas which alienate so many from institutional religions.
Introduction Jeff Leonardi
Walking the Talk: Potent therapy is a risky business Jan Hawkins
Caring for the Soul as the Keystone in Health Care Mia Leijssen
What We Are Meant to Be: Evolution as the transformation of consciousness Jeff Leonardi
On Faith and Nihilism: A considerable relationship Dave Mearns
Mindfulness and the Person-Centred Approach Judy Moore and Alison Shoemark
Spirituality, Focusing and the Truth Beyond Concepts Campbell Purton
The Person and Evil Peter F. Schmid
...I hope that those who do identify as person-centred will look beyond a binary view of Brian Thorne and read what these authors have to say. ... And for those of us who like to think about what this whole therapy business is about and how that fits into life, the universe and everything it's well worth a punt. William West, University of Manchester.