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  Psi in Psychotherapy: Conventional and Nonconventional Healing of Mental Illness
Alex Tanous, Elaine Schwinge and Andrew F. Bambrick

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Dr Alex Tanous (1926-1990) was a renowned international lecturer on the topics of well-being, creativity and parapsychology.  A self-professed psychic, he spent 20 years of his life while working as a university lecturer being tested for his claims of ‘light project’ and going ‘out-of-the-body’ at will. He was also well-known for placing his predictions of future events on record. This book – written in the 1980s by Tanous and colleagues – “gives an overview of an innovative approach in the combined fields of conventional and [non]-conventional psychotherapeutic healing”. This is one of several books released by the Alex Tanous Foundation in recent years for historical preservation. Fascinating accounts are relayed by Tanous et al., with additional writings from respected and renowned scientists and professionals to provide modern reflection on this historical piece.

But what is Psi in Psychotherapy? Taking the place of the psychotherapist, Dr Tanous was employed to ‘read’ each client psychically and determine the cause of the problems each client had been faced with. In the company of the clients and the working professionals, the clients were able to verify the information he provided, from which, the psychotherapists then decided on the course of treatment and therapy appropriate for each case. ‘Psi in Psychotherapy’ provides Dr Tanous’ unique ideas and beliefs surrounding this practise, and mental and physical healing of people. In addition to this, the authors take you through several case studies of clients they dealt with, offering a step-by-step approach as to how a ‘psychic’ was used within the psychotherapy setting, the outcomes, and their resultant recovery.


Foreword by Callum E. Cooper, Ph.D.,
and Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.



CHAPTER 1: The Meeting

CHAPTER 2: Psi vs. Psychotherapy

CHAPTER 3: The Relationship of Body, Mind and Spirit

CHAPTER 4: Dr. Tanous as Healer

CHAPTER 5: Spring Forward and Fall Back

CHAPTER 6: A Pinch of Sugar

CHAPTER 7: Peek-a-Book, I See You

CHAPTER 8: Survival Fears Before Birth

CHAPTER 9: The Second Sin

CHAPTER 10: Postscript

Afterword by Adrian Parker, Ph.D.

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Praise for PSI in Psychotherapy

“This book is a rare treat showing us a glimpse into the future of psychotherapy through the visionary eyes of one of the most talented and academic psychics of the twentieth century. The unique collaboration between Alex Tanous and a marvellously open-minded psychiatrist offers a model for healing that transcends the current biopsychopharmacological paradigm. His ability to intuitively detect the roots of psychiatric illness in undisclosed childhood experiences and hidden ancestral influences and share them with clients in an illuminating fashion offers a foundation for research in clinical parapsychology.”

~ Larry Burk, MD, CEHP, former board president of the Rhine Research Center, author of Dreams that Can Save Your Life (Findhorn Press, 2018)

“A fascinating, moving and well-written account. Whether one believes in psychic phenomena as such or not, the study illustrates well how therapeutic techniques based upon such beliefs can be helpful and integrate with conventional therapy.”

~ Prof Frederick Toates, Open University, Author of How Sexual Desire Works: The Enigmatic Urge (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

“Every psychotherapist should be required to read this, and everyone having a psychic experience will gain insight from the book”

~ Loyd Auerbach, Author of Psychic Dreaming (Llewelyn 2017)

“Old but new, this valuable work contributes to the emergence of the practical parapsychology of wellbeing.  It also resonates with patterns previously underreported in the work of psychospiritually oriented healers both in and out of mainstream medicine and psychotherapy.”

~ Charles F. Emmons, PhD, Gettysburg College, author of Chinese Ghosts Revisited (Blacksmith Books, 2017).

“This book suggests in choosing a suitable psychotherapist, it is important of course to choose from the professionally qualified, but it may give a further vital advantage to choose someone with a true healing ability.”

~ Annekatrin Puhle, PhD, author of Light Changes: Experiences in the Presence of Transforming Light (White Crow Books, 2014)

“A fascinating book, dramatically hinting about the way psychic abilities may become practical tools for helping relieve suffering, although, on another level, even the thought of a psychic’s connecting with another’s mind can be rather frightening – for both real and irrational reasons.”

~ Charles T. Tart, PhD, author of Altered States of Consciousness (HarperCollins, 1990)

Psi in Psychotherapy presents a set of intriguing case studies arguing that talented psychics can provide valuable insights about clients engaged in psychotherapy. This book should be required reading for anyone interested in exploring enhanced techniques for treating mental health.”

~ Dean Radin, PhD, Chief Scientist, Institute of Noetic Sciences, and author of Real Magic (Listening Library, 2018)

“Dr Tanous had his abilities tested on a number of occasions, and in this instance, turns them to the clinical setting. Empathy and intuition can go far in helping the client on the path to recovery.”

~ Rosemarie Pilkington, PhD, editor of Men and Women of Parapsychology, Personal Reflection, 2 vols. (Anomalist Books, 2013)

“When dealing with the concept of Psi and the usage dealt with in this work it is of particular interest that the area of the practitioner or ‘healer’ and their attitudes towards the individual being treated/studied are so comprehensibly covered.”

~ Roland Rotherham, PhD, EdD, author of Sacred Falls (St Nectan’s Waterfall Publications, 2014)

“Though largely - as described in the foreword by Cooper and Krippner - ‘a historical document’, this book provides a fascinating and contemporary relevant account of the potential role of psychic diagnosis in psychotherapy. The original cases detailed date from the 1970s and 80s and are clearly of their time - nonetheless they provide currently relevant insight and understanding into how psychiatry and psychics might be brought together to develop therapeutically beneficial outcomes. At the original time of writing, Tanous and colleagues saw their work as ‘a small step in the march for progress’ towards a positive and collaborative future for psychics, psychotherapists and researchers. With the current growth in the field of parapsychology, Cooper and Krippner - in bringing this collection to a wider audience today - have made an additional large leap in the same direction.”

~ Sara MacKian, PhD, Open University, author of Everyday Spirituality (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)

“Alex Tanous was a genius at finding practical ways to apply his extensive skills to help people, and Psi in Psychotherapy is an example of one of his greatest efforts in this area. Many people who have psi experiences are looking for spiritual components to their psychological conditions, but very few professional counsellors are familiar enough with the finding of parapsychology to provide an appropriate integrative diagnosis or plan of treatment.”

~ John, G. Kruth, MS, Executive Director, Rhine Research Center.

“An unconventional, bold and probably unique approach to the psychotherapeutic process, with a psychic and a psychiatrist both involved in the diagnosis and the healing. The psychic, Alex Tanous, attempts to identify clairvoyantly the clients’ early experiences and their relationship to current problems, and his impressions are used in determining the treatment. The excellent introduction and afterword from eminent parapsychologists provide a clarifying context to evaluate this approach and understand it in today’s terms. But it is the snippets of information about the healing of what appear to be incurable diseases, as well as his personality and beliefs, that make one want to find out more about this fascinating yet little-known figure”. 

~ Zofia Weaver, PhD, author of Other Realities?: The enigma of Franek Kluski’s mediumship

Key words: transpersonal psychology, alternative healing, psychic healing, out of body experience (obe), parapsychology, psychic phenomena, psychotherapy and psi.

About the author

Alex Tanous, D.D. (1926–1990), came from Portland, Maine, and was an international teacher of philosophy, well-being, and parapsychology. He was the author of several books, including: Beyond Coincidence, Is Your Child Psychic?, and Dreams, Symbols and Psychic Power. He spent many years working with groups and families investigating psychic phenomena, including his own abilities, through the American Society for Psychical Research. He held five degrees, including a bachelor of arts in theology, three masters degrees in theology, philosophy, and education, and a doctorate in theology (doctorate in divinity). He guest-lectured all over the world, and regularly in the colleges and universities of New York. His most frequent lecturing post was at the University of Southern Maine, where he had given lectures on healing, dreams, and had established the first parapsychology course within the USA to be taught with credit.

Publisher: White Crow Books
Published March 2019
206 pages
Size: 229 x 152 mm
ISBN 978-1-78677-087-5
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