While many of us may seek traditional therapy to help us deal with life’s difficulties, Zen, according to David Brazier’s Zen Therapy, offers an alternative – dragon-riding lessons. Psychologist and best selling author Robert Wicks is a specialist in the field of secondary stress and counsels people who help others – psychologists, doctors, nurses, and ministers. In Riding the Dragon, Wicks offers dragon riding lessons, drawing upon both Eastern and Western traditions. In this warm, compassionate, and highly personal guidebook, Wicks offers encouragement and 10 lessons to help people engage their problems and grow through them.
Robert J Wicks strives to open people who are used to giving to the miracle of receiving. He accomplishes this goal by marrying sound psychology and basic spiritual truths that set the stage for profound personal transformation. A popular presenter at workshops and conventions, Wicks is especially appealing to people in the helping professions – physicians, teachers, psychologists, and ministers – assisting them to integrate the psychological and the spiritual so they can extend their emotional flames to others without burning out in the process. He has worked around the globe – from the psychological debriefing of relief workers evacuated to the United States from Rwanda to conducting workshops in Cambodia for members of the international community assigned to help the Khmer people rebuild their nation. Additionally, he delivered presentations at Walter Reed Army Hospital to health care professionals involved in caring for Iraqi war veterans with amputations and severe head injuries. Wicks, a Queens, New York, native, received a master’s degree in clinical psychology in 1973 from St. John’s University and a doctorate in psychology from Philadelphia’s Hahnemann Medical College in 1977. In 1996, Pope John Paul II awarded Wicks a papal medal for his service to the Catholic Church. Wicks has written more than forty books. He serves as a professor of the graduate programs in pastoral counseling at Loyola College, Baltimore.
“All I had to do was read the chapter titles to know that this was one dragon I wanted to ride. Wicks is a master who makes the spiritual life exciting and doable.” Helen Prejean, Author of Dead Man Walking.