Foreword by Goff Barrett-Lennard Introduction 1. Imagining Therapy 2. Healing the planet 3. The person-centered ecopsychologist 4. Rogers, Whitehead and an evolving universe 5. Counselling the five-minded animal 6. Self-realization and the ecological self 7. Entwined and entangled Afterword
Bernie Neville was introduced to counselling as an untrained school counsellor in the 1960s. He soon discovered Carl Rogers and the person-centered approach and this has framed his approach to both education and counselling ever since. As a university teacher in both of these fields he has had a keen interest in applying Rogerian and Jungian thought to the practicalities of teaching and counselling. His previous books include Educating Psyche: emotion, imagination and the unconscious in learning and Olympus Inc.: intervening for cultural change in organizations. He is currently Director of Higher Degree Programs at the Phoenix Institute of Australia.
A vital antidote to the oversimplifications of many current approaches to counselling and psychotherapy. Bernie Neville rescues the great Carl Rogers from the clutches of psycho-technologists (on the one hand) and eco-romantics (on the other), and redirects us to the necessary complexities and ambiguities of the counsellor's roles. Bernie Neville is that rare sage: one who can write clearly about subtle things without doing damage to the subtlety. This book is a joy to read - and a provocation to think more deeply. Guy Claxton, Author of The Wayward Mind: An Intimate History of the Unconscious This is a stunningly original book that makes bold and imaginative connections among seminal thinkers born millennia apart. Neville expands the boundaries of person-centered discourse to include new intellectual company ... Rogers' transformative vision of human consciousness as a manifestation of an evolutionary trajectory and of person-centered encounter as site of cosmic alchemy is lovingly and fiercely reanimated here. Maureen O'Hara Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, National University, La Jolla, CA.