Drake Spaeth – Magical Thinking as Self Empowerment: A Pagan Contribution to Psychotherapy and Counseling


Click on the link for this interesting article from Drake on magical thinking, paganism, respecting our own/our clients’ internal locus, and his practice and beliefs.

We think it’s very important to be open to diversity of ideas and ways of working as therapists and healers. It is possible to work with ethics, integrity, depth, intelligence and – to put it in our own person-centred terms – the core conditions from many perspectives and traditions.

Diversity serves our clients and creates choice – as do therapeutic approaches that refrain from judging or pathologizing our clients’ belief systems or viewpoints. We think the reverse is true for homogeneity, and a tendency towards laying down ‘one size fits all’ prescriptive definitions of what therapy is (and rejecting or seeking to disempower other ways of seeing).

The New Existentialists/Saybrook University site has a wealth of other articles and resources for any humanistic therapist – or indeed any human being who shares the Saybrook perspective:-

‘It matters that people have a way to use the latest findings in psychology beyond buying a pill for depression. It matters that people have a way of looking at their lives that lets them ask the big questions and determine how they want to live – and that this is supported by therapists and mental health professionals.’

We agree.

Here’s a link to Saybrook history:-


Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter


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1 Response to Drake Spaeth – Magical Thinking as Self Empowerment: A Pagan Contribution to Psychotherapy and Counseling

  1. Pingback: Madness and Beauty in the Heart of Darkness – Drake Spaeth | Palace Gate Counselling Service Blog

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