Adam Crabtree

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Adam Crabtree

Adam Crabtree is cofounder of the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy in Toronto, Canada.  He has written several books in the field of psychotherapy and the history of hypnosis.  He teaches students training to be psychotherapists and lectures in the fields of psychotherapy, hypnosis, dissociation and multiple personality, and the history of psychodynamic therapies.

Professional History

Adam Crabtree’s academic degrees are in philosophy and therapeutic counselling.  In 1960 in Minnesota, U.S.A., he attained a B.A. in philosophy and in 1964 completed a course in theology.  He moved to Toronto to study philosophy at the graduate school of the University of Toronto and in 1967 received a M.A. in philosophy. 
In 1966 he became involved with an therapeutic community in Toronto and was trained in psychotherapy based on psychoanalytic principles.  In 1967 he was a president of the newly founded Therafields Environmental Centre, created to provide innovative forms of psychotherapy practiced in individual sessions and in groups.  He became a member of the teaching staff of Therafields and taught students the practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Since 1967 Adam Crabtree has had a private practice in psychotherapy, facilitated psychodynamic psychotherapy groups, including groups of people who live together is specially designated therapeutic homes and people who work together.

In the 1980s Adam Crabtree gave lectures on various psychotherapeutic themes including multiple personality and the possession syndrome.  He also lectured on the history of mesmerism and hypnosis and the relation between that history and the rise of psychodynamic psychotherapy in the West in the 18th and 19th centuries.

In 1985 Adam Crabtree published a book titled Multiple Man: Explorations in Possession and Multiple Personality (Collins Publishers).  He was cofounder of an organization (APLE: Association for Past Life Experienced) which was devoted to the study of dissociative phenomena that manifest as memories of past life experiences.

In 1986 he was cofounder of the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy (CTP), Toronto.  Since that time he has been lecturer, training, group therapy facilitator, practicum instructor, seminar leader for “concentrations” or in depth study of well known psychotherapeutic authors, and supervisor for psychotherapy trainees.  He has also been group facilitator for the CTP’s psychotherapy training groups. For more than twenty-five years the CTP has been preparing therapists for practice in psychodynamic psychotherapy and has a great many graduates working in therapeutic practices.

With Thomas O’Sullivan he was cofounder in 1988 of Stress Analysis Consultants, an organization devoted to providing seminars on all levels of management in the business industry.   Here the emphasis was on using psychotherapeutic tools to solve interpersonal problems that occur in the course of the ordinary conduct of business.

In 1988 he published an academic study of mesmerism and its offshoots titled Animal Magnetism, Early Hypnotism and Psychical Research, 1766-1920: An Annotated Bibliography (Kraus International Publications).  This book has become the internationally recognized bibliographical authority on the literature of early hypnosis and related fields.

Adam Crabtree has served as an expert witness in the courts on issues relating to the practice of psychotherapy and testified as an expert before the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.  He has also organized and coordinated seminars called “Psychotherapists, Counsellors and the Courts” which discuss issue of law as they apply to the practice of psychotherapy and counselling.  He has also put together public seminars of experts to discuss the problems of recovered memories in the practice of psychotherapy and the so-called “false memory syndrome.”

Adam Crabtree has been a peer review reader for the journal History of Psychology, a publication of the American Psychological Association, and for the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences.   He has also been appointed by Yale University Press as reader-evaluator of a book manuscript on the history of psychotherapy, and written book reviews for the journals Social History of Medicine, Isis, and International Journal of Parapsychology.

In 1993 Adam Crabtree published the book From Mesmer to Freud: Magnetic Sleep and the Roots of Psychological Healing (Yale University Press).  This book discusses the rise of modern psychotherapy in the Western world, beginning with the experiences of “magnetic somnambulism” in the eighteenth century, through the explorations of hypnotism in the nineteenth century, to the beginning of modern psychodynamic ideas in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

In 1997 Adam Crabtree published the book Trance Zero: Breaking the Spell of Conformity (Somerville House Books).  Here he discusses an understanding of the nature of hypnosis and trace states that includes the various dissonant definitions for these phenomenon over the past two hundred years.  He also discusses how this knowledge of trance and hypnosis shows that these states are not as rare or mysterious as has often been thought, but actually constitute a part of everyday living.

Adam Crabtree has conducted seminars in the use of hypnosis in the practice of psychotherapy, the use of finger signals (or ideodynamic signalling) in psychodynamic practice.  At the CTP he regularly teaches about the nature and practice of psychotherapeutic trance states.  He has also has presented seminars on the treatment of multiple personality disorder and other dissociative disorders.

In 1998 Adam Crabtree became a founding member of a seminar specially formed by the Centre for Theory and Research at Esalen in California to discuss the psychological issues relating to the belief that human beings may survive death.  The seminar has met yearly since that time.  Its orientation is psychological and philosophical rather than religious.  In 2007 this seminar published a book, of which Adam Crabtree is a co-author, called Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers).  From his work at Esalen, Adam Crabtree has become a Charter Member of the Inner Circle of Fellowship of the Center for Theory and Research, Esalen, Big Sur, California.  Among other accomplishments, the Center for Theory an Research has been a pioneer in bringing about stronger cultural relationships between North America and Russia, China, and Islamic nations.

Articles, Book Chapters, Public Addresses and the Media

Over the past thirty years Adam Crabtree has given numerous talks and speeches at conferences and gatherings in Canada, the United States, and Germany.  These talks cover areas of interested from dissociation and multiple personality to hypnosis and the nature of psychodynamic psychotherapy.  He has also contributed many articles to academic journals and chapters for books in fields related to his particular expertise.

In addition, Adam Crabtree has made many appearances on radio shows and television programs to discuss and answer questions on issues relating to the human mind.  He has also written and narrated radio documentaries on psychological and health themes.