Conscious Aging with John Robinson, Ph.D.

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But Where Is God? Psychotherapy and the Religious Search

Far more than most therapists realize, the process of psychotherapy embodies the universal search for meaning, wholeness, and transcendence inherent in the religious quest. Indeed, the great majority of therapy clients, sensing the importance of addressing the spiritual realm in their healing and growth, yearn to explore their religious, spiritual, or mystical experiences at some point in therapy. The great majority of therapists, however, have little or no training in discussing these matters, and often unknowingly inhibit their client's religious search by their indifference or avoidance. But Where Is God? Psychotherapy and the Religious Search skillfully addresses this gap with a comprehensive yet readable integration of theoretical, historical, spiritual, professional, and experiential information.

Dr. Robinson argues that bringing spirituality into psychotherapy is now culturally and scientifically possible, appropriate, and most of all, exciting, offering a whole new dimension to healing. Chapters include the potential liabilities and benefits of integrating psychotherapy and spirituality, the spiritual meaning of psychiatric problems and the psychological meaning of spiritual problems, a psychospiritual theory of personality development, wounding, and healing through the life span, spirituality in the consulting room, and life as a sacred journey. Inspiring to the religious seeker yet well grounded in psychological theory and practice, But Where Is God? Psychotherapy and the Religious Search provides a rich synthesis of the joys, risks, and realities of the spiritual path and its place in psychotherapy.

Praise for But Where Is God?

Edmund Bourne, Ph.D., author, psychologist:

"I just finished reading But Where Is God? Psychotherapy and the Religious Search and feel it is a brilliant and far-reaching contribution to the overall integration of psychology/​psychotherapy and spirituality. Certainly I've not seen anything else like your book."

Lawrence Jaffe, Ph.D., author, psychologist, Jungian analyst:

"A valuable resource for the practitioner, a one-of-a-kind, comprehensive survey of the burgeoning field of spirituality and psychology...You have accomplished this task in an exemplary manner, congratulations."

Kenneth Ring, Ph.D., author, psychologist, researcher on Near-Death Experiences:

"I wish you the very best of luck in bringing out your work...Its value is evident to me and you deserve a large and grateful audience for it."

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Selected Works

Spiritual Fiction
"Hold on to you seatbelts! A gripping story of the stages of the soul in later life." Harry R. Moody, Ph.D., Editor, Human Values in Aging Newsletter, retired Vice President and Director of Academic Affairs for AARP in Washington, DC. and author of The Five Stages of the Soul.
Aging Men, Mythology, Spirituality
Brilliant. Struggling to retire at age 78, I eagerly read this in search for a road map through my own disorientation and depression. The ideas in this book are illuminating, provocative and challenging. I know I will read it again and again.
Memoir, Mind-Body-Spirit
The Three Secrets of Aging invites us to uncover, discover, and recover our optimum Selves." Angeles Arrien, Ph.D., Author: The Second Half of Life.
Elder Fairy Tales
"A guide to finding hidden wisdom in classic tales a rich feast." Jonathan Young, PhD, Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives
Nonfiction, Mind-Body-Spirit
"The radical but universal teaching that the sacred marriage of heaven and earth is possible." Matthew Fox, author of 28 books on Creation Spirituality
Non-fiction, Body-Mind-Spirit
A work of tremendous spiritual vision, courage and insight, Ordinary Enlightenment makes God as real and tangible as the morning sunlight. John Gray, Author: Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus
Psychology/Spirituality/Men's Issues
"Dr. Robinson has written a book from his heart...More than a book, it is a story, a meditation, a celebration and a map of the potential transformation of men..." Robert Johnson, Author He, She, We
Psychology/Spirituality
"I wish you the very best of luck in bringing out your work...Its value is evident to me and you deserve a large and grateful audience for it." Kenneth Ring, Ph.D., Author Heading Toward Omega

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