Describes any form of counseling or psychotherapy which places emphasis on the transpersonal, the transcendent or spiritual aspects of the human
Integration of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of a person’s well-being
Transpersonal psychotherapy describes any form of counseling or psychotherapy which places emphasis on the transpersonal, the transcendent or spiritual aspects of the human experience. Transpersonal psychotherapy is often viewed as a companion to other schools of psychology that include psychoanalysis, behaviorism, and humanistic psychology.
The transpersonal psychotherapist’s focus would include spiritual self-development, peak experiences, mystical experiences, systemic trance and other metaphysical experiences of living. The ultimate goal of transpersonal psychotherapy is not merely the alleviation of suffering, but the integration of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of the client’s well-being. It includes the exploration and focus of the client’s potential and the development of inner resources and creativity.
Transpersonal psychologists/psychotherapists attempt to integrate timeless wisdom with modern Western psychology and translate spiritual principles into scientifically grounded, contemporary language. Transpersonal psychology addresses the full spectrum of human psychospiritual development from our deepest wounds and needs, to the existential crisis of the human being, to the most transcendent capacities of our consciousness.
Its orientation is inclusive, valuing and integrating the following:
Transpersonal Psychology enhances the study of mind-body relations, spirituality, consciousness, and human transformation. The three key areas that are considered through transpersonal psychotherapy are Combining Holistic-Natural Medicine, Transformative Psychology and Ego-Transcended Psychology. Transpersonal psychology uses positive influences, rather than the diseased human psyche and our defenses, as a model for the realization of human potential. Saints, artists, prophets, and heroes are all revered and examined as embodying the true nature of our human psyche. This technique encourages a person to see their inner capabilities and view themselves as in the process of reaching that state that has been achieved by the models represented.
The transpersonal perspective of psychotherapy attempts to see all symptoms as part of a larger picture of “energy moving” attempting to make a connection between who we think we are and who we really are … defined more by its orientation and scope rather than by a particular set of techniques or methods.
Integration brings together the:
This process combines the awakening of personal awareness and intuition (non-rational knowing) with the body’s ability to heal itself through compassionate self-support.
Who needs transpersonal therapies and counseling?
John Rowan on Transpersonal Psychotherapy
UA: Transpersonal Psychotherapy
Proposal for a Radical Revision of Psychiatry, Psychology, & Psychotherapy – Stanislav Grof