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Catherine has had numerous articles published about psychosynthesis. Here are just a few…

“Psychosynthesis: A Foundational Bridge between Psychology and Spirituality” published in the peer-reviewed Pastoral Psychology on 27 January, 2017. This article begins by introducing psychosynthesis concepts and techniques. It then provides qualitative findings showing that psychosynthesis counseling helped to awaken spirituality in three out of eleven clients who had formerly identified themselves as atheists. In addition, testimonies are included that show that psychosynthesis counseling also helped all eleven clients to attain personal growth.

“Opening the Door to Creativity: A Psychosynthesis Approach” which Catherine co-authored with Dr. B.C.N. Müller, was published by the peer-reviewed Journal of Humanistic Psychology on 30 June 2016. We are very happy to see this qualitative study published, as very little has appeared in this journal regarding psychosynthesis, despite Assagioli having served on its Editorial Board from 1968 until his death in 1974.

“Coping with Anxiety and Rebuilding Identity: a Psychosynthesis Approach to Culture Shock” was published by the peer-reviewed journal Counselling Psychology Quarterly on 17 January 2014. A shorter version appeared in the March 2014 newsletter of the Association for the Advancement of Psychosynthesis.

Roberto Assagioli: A Man of Peaceful Action. A short (700 word) introduction about Roberto Assagioli and psychosynthesis. Published in The Florentine magazine on April 2017.

“Assagioli’s Reflections on the Poor Man of Assisi” was published by the  Association for the Advancement of Psychosynthesis. This rich essay explores Assagioli’s writings about Saint Francis of Assisi from various perspectives, such as spirituality and money, care for animals in our world, and how to interpret visionary answers to our prayers.

“Crossing Over” (March 2013) by the Association for the Advancement of Psychosynthesis. This reflection is about the conversion between a client’s indecision to go home and visit her dying grandmother, Catherine’s own personal story, Passover, and Easter Week.

Catherine writes about her experience visiting Roberto Assagioli’s archives in Florence in “Meeting at the Well Spring”. An abridged version appeared in Italian in “Psicosintesi”, published by the Istituto di Psicosintesi, Florence.

Here are three articles on psychosynthesis and Dante’s Divine Comedy (With “Part II – Purgatory” and “Part III – Paradise” to come … Stay tuned!)

Reconnecting the Personal Self with the Higher Self – Journeying with Dante”, was co-authored with Catherine’s husband Dr. Kees den Biesen and published in June 2015 in the Psychosynthesis Quarterly.

Into the Hidden Things He Led My Way … A Psychosynthesis View of Dante’s Inferno“,  was co-authored with Catherine’s husband Dr. Kees den Biesen and published in March  2015 in the Psychosynthesis Quarterly.

“Reading The Divine Comedy from a Psychosynthesis Perspective” was co-authored with Catherine’s husband Dr. Kees den Biesen and published in September 2014 by the Association for the Advancement of Psychosynthesis.

Articles Published about Gardening and Ramadan in Egypt

Catherine has had two articles published by Krista Tippett’s On Being, reaching more that 75,000 followers:

A Communion with the Earth: Gardening and Gratitude. Gandhi once said, “To forget how to dig the earth and tend the soil is to forget ourselves.” Gardening can be a precise mirror for the soul. Read Catherine’s story of friendship, vigil, and tending and depending upon the Earth from the bucolic fields of the Italian countryside.

The Rhythms and Rituals of Cairo During Ramadan. Catherine describes living in Egypt during the months after 9/11 and the beauty of Ramadan in Cairo. She finds unexpected kinship in the rhythms of the culture and its people, reflecting all that is human: piety and gaiety, charity and ostentation, sacrifice and indulgence.

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