|Roger J. Woolger|
December 18, 1944|
Crowborough, Sussex, England
|Died||November 18, 2011
New Paltz, New York
|Residence||New Paltz, New York, Paris. and Salvador, Brazil|
|Fields||Analytical psychology, Transpersonal psychology, Shamanic healing; Psychology of Mysticism|
University of Vermont
|Alma mater||University of Oxford
King's College London
C. G. Jung Institute in Zürich
|Known for||Other Lives, Other Selves|
|Influences||Carl Jung, Simone Weil, Jacob L. Moreno, Wilhelm Reich, Sigmund Freud, Rene Guenon|
Roger J. Woolger (December 18, 1944 – November 18, 2011) was a British-American psychotherapist, lecturer, and author specializing in past life regression spirit release and shamanic healing. He was educated at the University of Oxford and King's College London, where he gained degrees in psychology, religion, and philosophy. He received his psychology and philosophy degree from the University of Oxford and he received his PhD in comparative religion from King's College. He then trained as an analyst at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zürich.
Deep Memory Process
He began his practice with conventional Jungian therapy methods, including dreamwork, but through this began to discover images which seemed to be past life memories. He found a therapeutic and spiritual value in this method, which entails trauma release, psychodrama, deep body therapy, Tibetan "bardo" work and shamanic spirit release. This synthesis is today called Deep Memory Process.
Woolger was a professor at Vassar College, the University of Vermont, and Concordia University, Montreal, and led workshops at the New York Open Center, Omega Institute and Esalen Institute. He runs training programs in the US, UK, Holland, Portugal, Germany, and Brazil.
He was a co-founder of the European Association for Regression Therapy (EARTh) with Hans Ten Dam and others. He was honorary president of the International Deep Memory Association (IDMA) and directed European conferences for it on spiritual healing: "Regression and Shamanism" (Portugal, 2006); "War and Human Memory" (Austria, 2006); "Exile and Longing to Return" (Ireland, 2008). He is founder and director of O Instituto para O Psique e as Tradicoes Espirituais in Salvador, Brazil, 2008.
Woolger's book Other Lives, Other Selves: A Jungian Psychotherapist Discovers Past Lives (Doubleday, 1988) has been translated into Portuguese, Dutch, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Japanese. He is one of the twelve contributors to the standard work on regression therapy: Winafred Blake Lucas (editor), Regression Therapy: A Handbook for Professionals, (2 volumes, Deep Forest Press, Crest Park, CA, 1993). Lucas writes in her Introduction: "[Woolger's] chapters on theory are the most innovative in the field and his book currently is the one most used in training" (p. 20). Part of his contributions to Lucas's handbook appears in Seymour Boorstein's compendium Transpersonal Psychotherapy (2nd ed. State University of New York Press, 1996) under the title "Past-Life Regression Therapy".
His second book, The Goddess Within: A Guide to the Eternal Myths That Shape Women's Lives (1989), co-written with Jennifer Barker examines feminine psychology in terms of Greek goddesses. He also published Healing Your Past Lives: Exploring the Many Lives of the Soul (2004) and Body Psychotherapy and Regression: The Body Remembers Past Lives (2002). His unpublished M.Phil Thesis was on The Spiritual Philosophy of Simone Weil (King's College, London University, 1970).
- Rowan, John The transpersonal: psychotherapy and counselling; p169