Thresholds - BACP Spirituality's quarterly journal

Thresholds was launched in 2007 and aims to be a lively, informative, balanced and inclusive journal that meets the needs of its broad span of readers. It attracts a wide range of writers and includes articles on current practice and projects, people, and perspectives, along with regular columns and division news. Links to a selection of articles can be found below. Links to PDFS of whole issues are available online for BACP Spirituality members.

Thresholds winter 2016 

Special focus
In praise of darkness: Effie Lunn explores the darker aspects of life

Focus on older people
Denial and the ageing process: Jennie Cummings-Knight focuses on denial and ageing

Perspectives
Spiritual therapy – a client’s perspective: ‘Catherine May’ offers her appreciation of her therapist’s spiritual approach

An ecological perspective
To the beach of stars: Keith Hackwood reflects on nature and spirituality

Review
One death café, a play about dementia, two workshops, a meander around a cemetery and more than a few laughs: Amanda Anderson reviews her experience of
Oxford’s ‘Kicking the Bucket’ festival

Perspectives
On dying: Robert Jeffery reflects on death

Thresholds autumn 2016

Features

Special focus
How to take a shower: Ruth Emsley offers tools for energetic resourcing

An ecological perspective
The winds of homecoming: Keith Hackwood explores counselling and therapy from an ecological point of view

Focus on older people:
Counselling therapy and the ageing process: Jennie Cummings-Knight reflects on spirituality and ageing

Research
Mindfulness, Christian spirituality and counselling practice: Sarah Bruce explores the interface between Christianity and mindfulness and counselling

Perspectives
The art of connection: Beaumont Stevenson discusses how to be present in our distracted world

People
My spiritual journey: Jane Martin tells her spiritual autobiography

Thresholds summer 2016

Features
Special focus: a letter to a dear spiritual friend: Lynne Booker writes to Etty Hillesum

Perspectives
The outward and the physical: Edwin Salter calls for a wider perspective

People
Pastoral supervision for clergy and pastoral workers: a personal perspective: Peter Gubi explores his work as a pastoral supervisor

Perspectives
Shaping pastoral supervision: Gill Carding reflects on the work of the Association for Pastoral Supervision and Education

Research
Can Christian spiritual development assist the personal development and resourcing of effective mainstream counsellors? Christopher Corbet asks important questions about the impact of Christian spiritual development on counsellors

Thresholds spring 2016

Special focus
Using archetypes in therapy: John Rowan reviews the topic of archetypes

Perspectives
A non-Christian view of exorcism: Ian Stevenson looks at alternative views of exorcism

Student perspectives
The noble art of overcoming writer’s block: Buddhist and non-Buddhist methods: Amanda Anderson describes how our minds obstruct our writing

Opinion
The sound of silence: David Waite explores the importance of spirituality and meditation to effective counselling


Thresholds Winter 2015

Special focus
Starting inside out: Isabel Clarke explores the relationship between psychosis, spirituality and therapy

People
The power of empathy: Roger Helyar talks to Jacqui Gray abouthis experience as a counsellor

Perspectives
The heart of silence: Alastair McNeilage discusses his views on silence in therapy

Research
Supporting Church of England clergy through the provision of reflective practice groups: Peter Madsen Gubi and Jan Korris describe the experience of groupwork for clergy

Perspectives
Catholic exorcism: demonic possession or mental disorder? Andrew Peden clarifies the role of the exorcist in the Catholic church

 

Thresholds Autumn 2015 thre

Special Focus
Depression: a journey of understanding
: Sarah Parry explores the many factors leading to depression

Perspectives
Is there a need for specialist counselling for church ministers? Rachel Hudson discusses the needs of church ministers

People
Christopher Rex Bryant SSJE: spiritual director Robert Jeffery describes the interests of his spiritual director

Perspectives
On becoming a therapeutic grandparent: Beaumont Stevenson explores the importance of wisdom and experience

Research
Mindful of presence: a Buddhist approach to person-centred therapy: Becky Seale researches how important presenceis within the person-centred approach


Thresholds Summer 2015

Special focus
The mezuzah on the doorpost -  Lynne Booker reflects on liminality in therapy


People
No longer at base camp- a personal view of spirituality - Peter Bowes describes his own approach to a psychology of spirituality

Research
Death, the ultimate frontier: then what? Claudia Nielsen explores the impact of spiritually inclined therapists’ views of their own mortality on their practice

People
Changing the colour of my mind - Rachel Burdett discusses her own experience of spiritual direction

Perspectives
Philosophical approaches to therapy - Michael Sims discusses the philosophicalapproach to therapy

 

Thresholds Spring 2015

Special focus
Relationship, the Buddha and psychotherapy - Franklyn Sills explores some influential figures in the development of core process psychotherapy

People
Honest unfolding - Geoffrey Hooper reflects on how therapy helped him and others to explore their sexuality

People
The healing power of nature – bereavement, grief and the life cycle - Caroline Jay describes her work with bereaved parents and children

People
Embodiment - Susan Groves explores the journey into the body

Perspectives
A meeting with Rembrandt: an old masterclass in congruence - Peter Cook discusses how a painting by Rembrandt helped him explore congruence

Perspectives
Blocks to inner healing - Jennie Cummings-Knight questions our openness to healing

Thresholds Winter 2014 

Special focus
‘The dog it was that died’ - or two cheers for hypocrisy - Charles Hampton questions perfectibility and looks at the topic of judgment

People
It's Gods job to do the ripples - David Waite reflects on his approach to counselling and questions how responsible we are for outcomes

Perspectives
Hearing the death knell - Jonathan Tidmarsh explores the topic of near death awareness and its implications for dying and bereaved people

Student perspectives
How to deal with a mid-course crisis - Amanda Anderson describes four important qualities that help her through her psychotherapy training

Thresholds Autumnn 2014  

Special focus
Psyche's Cinderella: in appreciation of Roberto Assagioli - Keith Hackwood looks at the life andwork of the founder of psychosynthesis

People
Mindfulness needs therapy - Alistair Appleton questions certain aspects of mindfulness and emphasises the importance of therapy

Practice
Working with the spiritual in counselling and psychotherapy - Valda Swinton and Colin Jay show how the spirituality flower can be a useful tool

Perspectives
Intuitive consciousness: our deepest source of wisdom as a pathway to change - Sara Hollwey and Jill Brierley describe their approach to personal power in therapy

Perspectives
Three levels of empathy - John Rowan approaches empathy from several viewpoints

Opinion
Supervision and pastoral care - John Foskett responds to the recent rebranding of the division

Thresholds Summer 2014

Perspectives
Understanding the silence through sound - Devashree Prabhu explores meditative experiences with silence and sound

Special focus
Jung and yoga - Lina Mookerjee looks at Jung’s attitudes towards Westerners practising yoga

People
Slence transcendence and therapy - Rosemary Laoulach reflects on the crucial role of silence in therapy

A spiritual classic
The imitation of Christ - Robert Jeffery describes the influence of The Imitation of Christ on readers over the ages Research
Counsellors and religious pastoral carers in dialogue - William West, Terry Biddington and Phil Goss ask what counsellors and religious pastoral care workers can learn from one another

Thresholds Spring 2014 

Perspectives
Testing the spirits - Byron Gaist considers psychotherapy, Orthodox Christianity and spiritual discernment
Shelters and shadows in Belfast - Pádraig Ó Tuama shares his experience of living and working in Belfast, helping groups to speak to and about each other

Special focus
Loving-kindness and compassion meditation in psychotherapy - Edo Shonin, William Van Gordon and Mark D Griffiths focus on the psychotherapeutic applications of loving-kindness and compassion meditation

Practice
The other side of loss - Hussam Al-Nawab explores how Buddhistinformed approaches, such as Naikan and other-centred therapy, can help support people through bereavement

People
Facing the void - John Eatock reflects on retirement and the existential questions it raises

Special focus
Supervision of psychotherapy and spiritual direction - Lynette Harborne considers whether the supervision of psychotherapy and spiritual direction is two contexts but one process

Thresholds Winter 2013

Practice
Energetic connections - How 'energetic connections' can affect parent-child relationships

People
Dance, therapy and spirituality - Dance, therapy and spirituality
Equine-facilitated psychotherapy - a practitioner's viewpoint

Special focus
Path or Pathology? - A plea for practitioner awareness of spiritually ethical practice

Perspectives
Cornerstones - The good practice guidelines needed for counselling, psychotherapy and pastoral care

Perspectives
The perils and pitfalls of sloppy spirituality - A request to carefully consider the nature, history and structure of what we describe as ‘spirituality'

Project
Listening Point - Personal reflections on a project set up to support the community of Machynlleth

Research
A study of pastoral counselling - Turkish-Muslim immigrants in Edinburgh

Thresholds Autumn 2013

Special focus
Sacred space - The challenges of creating boundaries for outdoor therapies

Practice
Psychospiritual psychotherapy - The psychosynthesis perspective

People
Little big sister - Standing alongside a sister with a cancer diagnosis

Research
Autoethnography - Being the client in relationship with God

Project
Human health aid Burundi - Therapeutic responses to refugee crisis

Perspectives
Alternative salvations - Could counselling and psychotherapy training be viewed as an alternative salvation?

People
Continuing the journey - How retirement enables engagement with therapy and spirituality in different ways

Thresholds Summer 2013

Perspectives
Teetering on the edge of the Anglican Church - Margaret Evans explores how the Anglican Communion's attitude towards gay people has affected her both personally and professionally

Practice
The sublime and the dreadful: engagement and indifference - Edwin Salter considers the therapeutic challenge of working within the polarities of individual experience and involvement

Research
Mindfulness-based therapy: a tool for spiritual growth? - Edo Shonin, William Van Gordon, and Mark D Griffiths consider mindfulness in relation to counsellors and psychotherapists who have a spiritual focus to their professional practices

People
Counselling and spirit? - Ruth Bridges explores how she integrates spirituality into her therapeutic practice

Special Focus
Spirituality: 'a way to live, a way to heal' - Fevronia Christodoulidi shares her experience of involvement with Omilos Eksipiretiton - The Servers' Society

Thresholds Spring 2013

Special focus
Faith in a foxhole - Mervyn Wynne Jones considers the demanding role of the army chaplain and how they combat emotional fatigue

People
Meeting the sacred feminine consciousness - Lina Mookerjee describes her own transformational journey to find her true self

Practice
Spirituality and coaching - Duncan Coppock reflects on the potent contribution of spirituality to his coaching work

People
Living with loss by drug addiction - Philippa Skinner explains how her son's deathfrom a heroin overdose has opened a door to a new life

Perspectives
Addiction, spirituality and recovery - Peter Hillen reflects on the role of religion and spirituality in recovery from problematic substance use

Research
A journey to integration - Penelope Brown reflects on her research into how counsellors manage the task of being both a counsellor and a spiritual being

Thresholds Winter 2012

Research
A Pagan perspective - Estelle Seymour reflects on her research into the need for a Pagan/magickal approach

Perspectives
The messy mysteries of learning to receive - Alison Phipps challenges the taken for granted practices of 'giving' and 'receiving' in order to equalise relationships and bring about wellbeing for all

Special Focus
Addressing spiritual and religious issues in counselling and psychotherapy - William West considers how counsellors and psychotherapists can hold open a space where clients can explore spiritual issues

People
Setting myself up against God? - Lucy Birtwistle reflects on her personal experience of researching, and writing about, religion

Practice
How culture impacts on empathy - Jasbinder Singh and Peter Madsen Gubi explore the potential impact of Sikh faith on the therapeutic process

Thresholds Autumn 2012

Special Focus
Other-centred therapy: a spiritual approach - Caroline Brazier shares her experience of both practising, and training psychotherapists, founded on a system of thought which is grounded in the spiritual

Practice
Writing stories with Aabira - Aabira, with Susan Dale as editor, uses narrative to explore her experience of living as a Muslim woman diagnosed with depression

People
From 'secular' to 'sacred', from despair to hope: a therapist's spiritual journey - Avigail Abarbanel explores how her own transforming spiritual journey informs her work as a psychotherapist

Special Focus
Just what is a pastoral counsellor? - Joan Kearley shares what it means to be a pastoral counsellor in the United States of America

Perspectives
Non-directivity, 'being-with', and the Passion of Jesus Christ - Mark Harrison reflects on the person-centred theoretical concept of non-directivity and the Passion of Christ

Research
Wellbeing and visual impairment: the role of existential spirituality - Lorna Marquès-Brocksopp considers what role spiritual wellbeing plays in relation to loss of vision

Thresholds Summer 2012

Project
Building bridges: the importance of counselling and personal development in spiritual growth - Linda Watkinson considers what place counselling and personal development have within church and faith community settings

Special focus
Open heart, open mind: conversing with the soul - The therapist who can help the soul to speak can open the way to healing, says Andrew Powell

Perspectives
Does God exist? - John Rowan uses Ken Wilber's theories regarding levels of consciousness to explore how we know whether God exists

Research
Counselling and spiritual accompaniment: the same, but distinct - Peter Gubi's research shows many similarities in the practices of spiritual accompaniment and counselling, but differences in standards of training, working to an ethical framework and supervision. He asks what role APSCC might have in addressing these differences

Thresholds Spring 2012

Practice
Counselling in prisons - Peter Jones examines the specific challenges of counselling offenders in prison, and outlines the work of the Counselling in Prisons Network
Being fully present: - Steve Nolan considers what it means to be fully with a person who is dying

Resources
Writing as therapy - Therapeutic and reflective writing can support both client and counsellor, says Gillie Bolton

People
My spirituality - For Pam Jokhun, spiritual development has been a way of letting go of negative thinking and pain

Special Focus
Retreats

Perspectives
All you need is love - Turiya Martyn Gough explores the healing role of unconditional love within the therapeutic relationship
Sufficient unto the day? - How should therapy balance concepts of past, present and future? Is spirituality relevant and is it necessarily religious? asks Edwin Salter
Embedded counselling: a response - John Foskett explores issues arising from the recent Task and Finish Group report

Thresholds Winter 2011

People
Rebuilding the jigsaw - Gillie Jenkinson spent years in an abusive cult. Now she specialises in counselling others recovering from similar experiences

The power of acceptance - Struggling with dyslexia has helped therapist Roger Helyar to empathise with others

Projects
Addressing spirituality in a multidisciplinary context: - Peter Johnson shares his learning

Special Focus
The journey of psychosynthesis

Perspectives
Unexpected conversations - Alistair Ross and Tim Marks believe that therapists have much to gain from a deeper understanding of the Christian faith

The gift of hospitality - Manu Bazzano examines the significance of hospitality to both the therapeutic relationship and Buddhism

APSCC Conference 2011 - Summarised for you

In memory of Chris Jenkins: 1960 – 2011 - Friends, colleagues and readers share their memories

Obituary - Derek Blows

Thresholds Autumn 2011

Features

APSCC update - Meet two new exec members...discover how to contribute to Thresholds... and more

On Silence -  Ruth Bridges explores how silence can enhance the capacity to develop a more sensitive understanding of both oneself and others

Contemplative prayer - Elizabeth Harland shares her experience of a form of silent contemplative prayer and the impact on her being and her work

This is very tricky - Chris Jenkins reflects on coping with sudden and unpredictable illness, spiritually, professionally and, most of all, humanly

Saving young lives - Ged Flynn shares the work of PAPYRUS, founded by parents who have lost children through suicide

Embedded counselling in pastoral and spiritual contexts - The task and finish group report

Counselling in the Church of England - Dawn Allison shares her research and considers the implications

The BACP Annual Research Conference - John McLeod describes the decisionmaking process around submissions to the conference, with the aim of encouraging participation from readers of Thresholds

Different voices - William West seeks to move beyond self-censorship...

Articles Index

An Index of Thresholds articles is available here: Thresholds Index

BACP Spirituality members receive the journal four times a year. Non-members can subscribe by contacting Julie Camfield, Divisional Administrator.

     

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