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G. Scott Sparrow, Ed.D., L.P.C., L.M.F.T.

217 E. Warbler Ave.
McAllen, Texas 78504

United States

College Professor, Psychotherapist, Fly Fishing Guide, Author
Internet Presence

Website: www.dreamanalysistraining.com, www.spiritualmentoring.com, www.lagunamadreflyfishing.com

About G. Scott Sparrow, Ed.D., L.P.C., L.M.F.T.

I am a psychotherapist, college professor, spiritual mentor, author, and fly fishing guide who lives in McAllen, Texas. I received my B.A. in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, my M.A. in psychology from the University of West Georgia, and my doctorate in counseling from The College of William and Mary.
I am Associate Professor at the University of Texas - Pan American, where I teach graduate courses in counseling. I am also a charter faculty member at Atlantic University in Virginia Beach, where I have designed and taught courses on "The Origins and Destiny of Consciousness" and "The Yoga of Dreaming: Advanced Dream Work Methods." I am currently involved in helping to develop a new dream studies program. I have also developed online continuing education courses for Atlantic University on dream analysis, curative factors in helping relationships, and ethical issues in transpersonal therapy.
Beginning in my late teens, I was blessed with numerous lucid dreams, light experiences, and mystical encounters, all of which have comprised the foundation for my studies and writings. It has been a single work throughout. My master's thesis and doctoral dissertation focused lucid dreaming. In 1976, I wrote Lucid Dreaming -- Dawning of the Clear Light, which as far as I can tell was the first book (albeit tiny) on lucid dreaming that was published in North America.
I have maintained a private practice in professional counseling since 1982. I specialize in transpersonal therapy, which includes dream work and an emphasis on spiritual practices. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (Texas) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Virginia).
I worked for the Association for Research and Enlightenment for several years in the mid- to late-70s, serving in the capacity of counselor, lecturer, and editor. During that time, I became close friends and colleagues with dream studies writers Henry Reed and Mark Thurston: Our association continues to this day. During that time, I began developing an approach to dream analysis that I now call the FiveStar Method (FSM). I have recently founded DreamStar Institute (www.dreamanalysistraining.com, which offers mentoring and certification in FSM dream analysis.
My latest book is Healing the Fisher King: A Fly Fisher's Grail Quest, which chronicles the male midlife journey through the lens of my own midlife passage. It revolves around a dream-inspired quest, and develops along a Jungian theme of encountering and integrating shadow and anima issues.

My notes on the IASD

I was invited to participate second meeting of the IASD back in the 80s, but because I am morbidly introverted, I didn't go. Like Rip Van Winkle who slept for 25 years, I woke up in 2006 and attended my first IASD conference. I discovered that the work I had done so long ago still "had legs," and that there was so much more that had been done in the meantime. I have really enjoyed getting to know such dream luminaries as Fariba Bogzaran and Alan Siegel, and look forward to expanding my circle of dream friends at upcoming IASD events. I am currently IASD's Regional Rep for south Texas.

 List of dream-related publications and/or web sites where my work is featured.

The best way to see what I have done and continue to do is to go to DreamStar Institute website,link, where I have posted excerpts from my books and copies of my papers, presentations, and articles. You can even obtain the original text of my little book, Lucid Dreaming: Dawning of the Clear Light.

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