Dr Nicki Crowley, MB ChB MRCPsych., qualified from the University of Birmingham Medical School in 1993, with an interest in neuropsychiatry and complementary and alternative medicine.  She subsequently specialised in psychiatry, training with both the Royal College of Psychiatry (UK) and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry between 1995-2003.  She gained entry onto the GMC specialist register in 2003 and has worked as an NHS Consultant since then.  She has maintained a specific interest in liaison psychiatry which specialises in the psychological aspects of physical illness, and has continued to follow the field of mind-body medicine which is predominantly based in the US.  Dr Crowley has also undertaken extensive training with Stanislav Grof on the Grof Transpersonal Training programme in Holotropic Breathwork.  This work uses modern consciousness research to support natural healing and growth. The paper first appeared in the Publications Archive of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest Group, RCPSPSIG.

Psychosis or Spiritual Emergence? - Consideration of the Transpersonal Perspective within Psychiatry by Dr Nicki Crowley