John Rowan (psychologist)

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John Rowan
Nationality English
Alma mater Middlesex University
Known for Subpersonality

John Rowan is an English author, counselor, psychotherapist and clinical supervisor who has worked in exploring Transpersonal psychology, and has written about the concept of subpersonality.[1][2][3]

Life and career

Rowan has been involved since 1950 in the work of the Walsby Association on systematic ideology. He lived and worked with Harold Walsby in 1950, and in 1951 and joined the Socialist Party of Great Britain in order to learn the rudiments of Marxism. He became the editor of the SPGB's internal journal, Forum but left the Party over the Turner Controversy.

Rowan is a qualified individual and group psychotherapist (UKAHPP and UKCP), a Chartered counseling psychologist (BPS) and an accredited counselor (BACP). He works in private practice in London.

Rowan holds a Ph. D from Middlesex University, is an Honorary Fellow of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and a past member of its governing board, representing the Humanistic and Integrative Section.

John Rowan is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society (member of the Psychotherapy Section and the Counseling Psychology Division, the Counseling Psychology Division, the Transpersonal Psychology Section and the Consciousness and Experience Section). He is also a Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and a founding member of the Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners. He practices Primal integration in England.[4]

His publication Ordinary Ecstasy was originally published in 1976 and is a summary and guide to all the branches of Humanistic psychology. He also helped to produce the radical men's magazine Achilles Heel.

Rowan and his wife live in North Chingford, London. He has four children and four grandchildren from a previous marriage.[4]


He is the author of a number of books, including the following.

  • A Guide To Humanistic Psychology 3rd Edition (AHPP 2005)
  • Subpersonalities – The people Inside Us (Routledge 1990); limited free access
  • Discover your subpersonalities - Our Inner World and the People In It (Routledge 1993); limited free access
  • Healing the Male Psyche - Therapy as Initiation (Routledge 1997); limited free access
  • The Reality Game - A Guide to Humanistic Counseling and Psychotherapy 2nd edition (Routledge 1998); limited free access
  • Ordinary Ecstasy - The Dialectics of Humanistic Psychology 3rd edition (Routledge 2001); limited free access
  • The Future of Training in Psychotherapy and Counseling (Routledge 2005); limited free access
  • The Horned God (RKP 1987)
  • The Transpersonal: Spirituality in Psychotherapy and Counselling 2nd edition (Routledge 2005); limited free access
  • The Therapist's Use of Self with Michael Jacobs (Open University Press 2002)
  • Personification: Using the Dialogical Self in Psychotherapy and Counselling (Routledge 2010)

He is on the Editorial Board of the following periodicals.

References and notes

  1. Hermans, HJM (1993). The dialogical self: Meaning as movement. Academic Press. ISBN 0123423201.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Wilber, K (1998). The eye of spirit. Shambhala Publications. ISBN 0834822229.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Who we are: subpersonalities". Mind Models. Retrieved 24 May 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 John Rowan website