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What is Transpersonal Counselling

Unlike most forms of psychotherapy that concentrate on improving mental health alone, transpersonal therapy addresses mental, physical, social, emotional, creative, and intellectual needs, with an emphasis on the role of a healthy spirit in healing.

Transpersonal therapy integrates spiritual traditions and rituals into modern psychology. It emphasizes positive influences and role models rather than concentrating on negative experiences. The holistic treatment is based on the idea that humans are more than just their mind and body, but are also composed of intangible, or transcendent, factors that make up the whole person.

The treatment method evolved from the humanistic work of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung and was formalized by American psychologist Abraham Maslow and associates in the 1960s. It has continued to be developed by Czech psychiatrist Stanislav Grof, among others.

Maslow and his colleagues called it “transpersonal therapy” because of its focus on a broader conception of how a person achieves meaning, purpose, and happiness, describing transpersonal therapy as “reaching beyond humanistic concerns.”

When is it used?

Transpersonal Therapy is a personal choice of a client.  Those who are open to exploring their spiritual side, becoming more spiritually aware, or who are having trouble finding meaning in their life, may benefit from transpersonal therapy. One of the goals of the treatment is to increase a patient’s sense of empowerment.

What to expect

Transpersonal therapists aim to aid patients in transcending their current view of themselves and to open their minds to new ways of approaching the challenges in their lives. Practitioners use a variety of approaches, some taken from Eastern traditions and others from Western psychology, to help you explore your spiritual self and create meaning in your life. These include:

  • Meditation

  • Guided visualisation

  • Dream work

  • Art-marking

  • Music therapy

  • Journaling

  • Breathing

With the therapist’s guidance, you will find, build, and expand on your inner strengths and resources to create a more balanced life and a healthier state of mind.

How it works

To facilitate healing and growth, transpersonal therapy places great emphasis on honesty, open-mindedness, and self-awareness on the part of the therapist as well as the client. A transpersonal therapist may draw from a variety of different religions and spiritual practices for tools and methods that can help you explore areas of your consciousness not typically accessed and use your spirituality to guide you through troubled times.

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