Prof. William West – Visiting Professor at the University of Chester and Honorary Senior
Research Fellow in Counselling Studies at the University of Manchester
Biography: Professor William West is a Visiting Professor to the University of Chester and Honorary
Senior Research Fellow in Counselling Studies at the University of Manchester, where he was most
noted for his interest in counselling and spirituality and for his work with PhD students. William has
written 34 academic papers, 22 book chapters and 35 professional articles. He has (co-)
written/edited 6 books, the most recent one being Therapy, Culture and Spirituality: Developing
Therapeutic Practice, co-edited with Greg Nolan and published by Palgrave 2015. William remains
passionately interested in the overlap between counselling and religious pastoral care.
‘Counselling and Faith: Allowing religion and spirituality to have a place in the counselling
Abstract: In this presentation I will reflect on the potential role of the client’s faith in the counselling
process and outcome. I will consider the implications of the attitude of the individual counsellor to
faith and the possible challenges faced by addressing issues of faith within the counselling process in
relation to spiritual experiences; meaning making and values. I will also explore the connections
between faith, mental health and wellbeing.
Here is the full video of the Alister Hardy lecture.