ALAN JAMES STRACHAN, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist, workshop leader, teacher and author. Alan graduated summa cum laude with an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree, and then earned two Master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in psychology. He has been in private practice as a psychotherapist for over 25 years, and was the staff counselor at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI International) for 9 years.
Alan has been exploring the interface between psychology and spirituality for over 40 years. His recent research has been focused on the intersection of psychology, spirituality and politics. America on the Couch is the result of that exploration.
JANET COSTER, M.A., M.A., is a transpersonal counselor, spiritual director and workshop leader. She is certified in Spiritual Direction, Authentic Movement and Gender Reconciliation and has been in private practice for over 15 years. In addition to her counseling practice, Janet is a poet and song lyricist, and she has a semi-professional background in dance and the performing arts. Janet’s counseling, teaching and writing are deeply influenced by her lifelong spiritual practice.
In November of 2006, Janet was part of a staff facilitation team offering an Intensive 5-Day Workshop in Gender Reconciliation in Capetown South Africa, which included Members of Parliament, Members of the South African Council of Churches and Members of NGO Women’s Circles.
Janet often works and writes in partnership with her husband, Alan Strachan. They are co-founders of the Temenos Fellowship of AIWP, a non-profit organization that offers support groups, as well as individual and couple’s counseling, for people on the spiritual path. As co-facilitators, Alan and Janet offer clarity, compassion, humor, and the wealth of their relationship experience.
If we ever knew who we truly are, there would be no more wars, no more hunger, no more hatred. We would simply bow down and worship one another.
~ Thomas Merton