The Counselor . . . as if Soul and Spirit Matter
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The Counselor . . . as if Soul and Spirit Matter: Inspirations from Anthroposophy

“In an anthroposophic approach to counseling and psychotherapy, we integrate the whole paradigm of spiritual science into the contemporary forms of psychology, thereby re-formulating a psychology inclusive of body, soul, and spirit.” —Dr. William Bento, Executive Director of Anthroposophic Psychology Associates of North America (APANA)

The art of counseling is practiced in many settings. An uncle counsels a troubled niece. A licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC) works in a treatment center for drug addicts. A counselor can also be everything in between the two. If you consider everyone who mentors another—from life-coaches to police officers to wedding planners to lawyers to intimate friends—counseling includes all of us.

Whereas mainstream counseling psychology has been moving increasingly toward cognitive and pharmacological approaches, this book brings us back to a psychology of soul and spirit. Through the guidance of Anthroposophy, the becoming human being, and Sophia, and divine wisdom, counselors will rediscover here an approach to people that has the heart of soul, and the light of spirit.



  1. The Counselor Inspired by Anthroposophic Psychology
    by David Tresemer
  2. An Anthroposophic Psychology
    by William Bento

Fundamental Principles: Introduction to Fundamental Principles
by David Tresemer

  1. Salutogenesis: Foundation for Anthroposophic Counseling Psychology
    by William Bento
  2. Lifespan Development
    by Roberta Nelson
  3. Seven Life-Phases and Seven Levels of Will
    by Edmund Knighton
  4. Soul and Spirit
    by David resemer

Reformulating Contemporary Clinical Issues
Introduction to Clinical Issues
by David Tresemer

  1. Personality Disorders
    by William Bento
  2. Depression
    by Edmund Knighton and William Bento
  3. Addiction
    by Roberta Nelson and William Bento
  4. Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress
    by Roberta Nelson and William Bento

Inner Development Of The Counselor
Introduction to Inner Development
by David Tresemer

  1. Self-care
  2. Meditation and Mindfulness
    by Edmund Knighton and David Tresemer
  3. Seeing the Initiatory Process in Pathologies
    by William Bento
  4. Finding the Healing Spirit
    by David Tresemer

Appendix: References for Anthroposophic Psychology

The authors of this book are colleagues in the certificate course for Anthroposophic Psychology at various venues around the United States. Some also present internationally in the growing movement for a counseling psychology inspired by Anthroposophy.

About the Author

David Tresemer, PhD, has a doctorate in psychology, and is associate professor of psychology at Rudolf Steiner College for the certificate program in Counseling Psychology, with concentration in Anthroposophic Psychology. He has written in many areas, ranging from The Scythe Book: Mowing Hay, Cutting Weeds, and Harvesting Small Grains with Hand Tools to a book about mythic theater, War in Heaven: Accessing Myth Through Drama, and a book on astrology-seen-intelligently, Star Wisdom and Rudolf Steiner: A Life Seen Through the Oracle of the Solar Cross, as well as The Venus Eclipse of the Sun. David’s has written many articles on the connection of celestial events to human experience.

Additional information

Weight 22 oz
Dimensions 6 × 0.8 × 9 in

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David Tresemer






March 2015






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