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Soul-Size: The Eternal Psychosomatic Dilemma

Introducing James Anthony Dyson, by David Tresemer, Ph.D.

From the richness of his experience and extensive medical training, Dr. James Dyson has forged an authentic, holistic understanding of the human being into a practical psychotherapeutic discipline. 

In mid-career, with more than fifty years of deep engagement with the esoteric teachings of Rudolf Steiner, the spirit at work in medicinal substances, and the therapeutic art of eurythmy, Dr. Dyson undertook the study of psychosynthesis psychology, nonviolent communication, and organizational development. 

This book sets out the resulting synthesis of these paths as a unique and powerful interdisciplinary approach to human health with practical tools for those engaged in healing, health care, counseling, and psychotherapy, as well as for anyone searching for insights to support their own healthy soul life.

Table of Contents

1. The Authentic Self  

2. The Invisible Human Being: The Potential for Initiation and Pathology  

3. Elements, Organs, Temperaments  

4. From Physical Organ to the Cosmos, with Psyche Between  

5. The Sacred Wound

6. Parsifal Seen Psychologically  

7. Heinz Kohut and Self Psychology: A Characterization  

8. Wide-ranging Conversation  

9. Dyson on the Importance of His Relationship to the Camphill Movement  

10. The Challenges of Adolescence in Challenging Times  

11. Moral Intuition and the Value of Education  

12. Tying Up Loose Ends  


Appendix: Eurythmy—Introduction and Exercises  

Cited Works

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The Counselor as If Soul and Spirit Matter: Inspirations from Anthroposophy

Edited by David Tresemer, with contributions from William Bento, Edmund Knighton, Roberta Nelson, and David Tresemer

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.

Table of Contents:

1. The Counselor Inspired by Anthroposophic Psychology (David Tresemer)

2. An Anthroposophic Psychology (William Bento)

3. Salutogenesis: Foundation for Anthroposophic Counseling Psychology (William Bento)

4. Life Span Development (Roberta Nelson)

5. Seven Life-Phases and Seven Levels of Will (Edmund Knighton)

6. Soul and Spirit (David Tresemer)

Reformulating Contemporary Clinical Issues 

7. Personality Disorders (William Bento) 

8. Depression (Edmund Knighton and William Bento) 

9. Addiction (Roberta Nelson and William Bento) 

10. Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress (Roberta Nelson and William Bento)

Inner Development of The Counselor

11. Self-care (various) 

12. Meditation and Mindfulness (Edmund Knighton and David Tresemer) 

13. Seeing the Initiatory Process in Pathologies (William Bento)

14. Finding the Healing Spirit (David Tresemer)

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Slow Counseling

Edited by David Tresemer, with contributions from many kinds of counselors, ranging from physical therapists to licensed psychotherapists to educators and the founder of a holistic medication-rehab center.

Our modern world is speeding up. It has become fast in so many ways. Yet the important things take time. The Slow Food Movement was begun by an Italian who insisted that a good meal was meant to be enjoyed—in the preparation and in the eating and in the cleaning up. In the world of counseling, fast therapies and one-pill fix-its skip past the soul work. Heart and soul prefer slow. “Fast” skips the enjoyment—and the healing.

This book gathers counselors of many kinds—licensed psychologists, other professionals, as well as lawyers, wedding planners, physiotherapists, school administrators...and good friends—to comment on what are the most enjoyable and effectively healing ways of relating between human beings.

Table of Contents
Anthropos Sophia Psyche Logos (David Tresemer)
Counseling in India (Parimal Pandit)
Anthroposophic Psychotherapy in Argentina (Inés Maria Iturralde)
It Takes Time (Heidi Rose Robbins)   
Beatrice Birch on Slow Counseling (Beatrice Birch)
Love is for the World (Rudolf Steiner)
The Role of the Counselor in the School Setting (Cynthia Taylor)                
The Gift (Susan Lanier)
One Day at a Time—John’s Long Journey (Claudia McLaren Lainson)
Meeting the Young Person Authentically (Gabriel Cannon)
Relation-Ship as a Pathway to Growth (Lila Sophia Tresemer)
A Drinking Problem (David Tresemer)
Slowly Following the Leads (Jennifer Stickley)
StarMoney (Benjamin König)
The Art of Living: Slow Counseling and Art Converge (Micheal Hooker)
Depression: Seen through an Anthroposophic Lens (Margit Ilgen)
Finger Pointing at the Moon (David Tresemer)

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Lifting the Veil of Mental Illness: An Approach to Anthroposophical Psychology

By William Bento

Mental illnesses are too often seen only in abstract terms. Mainstream psychology, which seldom acknowledges the psyche or soul, relies increasingly on pharmaceutical treatment. In his unique approach to anthroposophic psychology, or "psychosophy," William Bento views imbalances of the human soul in an experiential and human way. Basing his views on the work of Rudolf Steiner, Bento looks not only at the human body, soul, and spirit, but also at the way the whole environment of physical phenomena, life forces, and spirit beings affects us as individuals. Going well beyond our immediate, earthly surroundings, the author considers the cosmic effects of sun, planets and stars, offering a holistic view of the human soul. William Bento was the founder of AAP.

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A Psychology of Human Dignity

By Ad Dekkers, Translated by Ed O’Sullivan
Foreword by William Bento

Originally published in the Netherlands in 2011, this book is the result of a life's work devoted to developing the craft of psychotherapy in a way that leaves the therapist's and the client's own responsibilities intact and that stimulates a direct, open, and honest link with day-to-day reality.

From his deep commitment to raising the consciousness of both therapists and clients regarding the profound relevance of the larger world situation we find ourselves in (history), as well as one's own current stage of life, Ad Dekkers has spent the past thirty years developing a battery of detailed, yet flexible, psychotherapeutic exercises. These organically developed exercises, useful and stimulating for both the practitioner and the general reader, constitute the core of this book.

Although written with practicing psychotherapists in mind, anyone interested in the history of the twentieth century or the biographical stages of human life will be rewarded here with a singular and caring picture of the human experience in our time.

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A Somatic Psycho-diagnostic Approach to Personality Disorders: An Understanding of Personality through Spatial Orientation

By William Bento

This dissertation explores how the body's movement in spatial orientation may play an influential role in the dis-ordering tendencies of personality. The somatic psychodiagnostic approach to personality presented in this dissertation advances the case for a more rigorous examination of the body/psyche dynamic in the formation, assessment, and treatment of personality issues. The hypothesis of this study is that stimulation of the motor/sensory system in movements through various spatial planes substantially impacts perceptions of self, others, and the world. These perceptions form the basis of the evolving personality. Rather than viewing personality as a set of fixed traits, personality is viewed as a state of consciousness on a continuum of adaptations to self, others, and the world. Research findings of this study with 70 research participants indicate that fixations in movement correlate with fixations in personality. In this schema a causal comparative relation between 12 fixated spatial orientations and 12 clinically recognized personality disorders is demonstrated in matrix, tabular, and textual formats.

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The Conscious Wedding Handbook: How to Create Authentic Ceremonies That Express Your Love

By Lila Sophia Tresemer and David Tresemer

The joining of two people in committed relationship is sacred. Our intimate partnerships offer an unparalleled path to the highest expression of our love for each other and for the whole of life. The Conscious Wedding Handbook was created to support couples who are beginning their adventure together or who want to deepen or revivify an existing relationship. The first half is devoted to developing relationship with each other, the next part to the crafting of a successful wedding ceremony, and the final part to the task of rededication after seven to ten years... as well as how to negotiate divorce if that is necessary.

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