What is Transpersonal therapy?

Transpersonal therapy takes a holistic approach to recovery, addressing mental, physical, social, emotional, creative, and intellectual needs, with a focus on the role of a healthy spirit in healing. To facilitate self improvement 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.

When It’s Used

Transpersonal therapy may be used to treat anxiety, depression, addictions, phobias, and other mood and behavioral problems.  If you are open to exploring your spiritual side, becoming more spiritually aware, or finding a spiritual path, or are having trouble finding meaning in your life, you may benefit from transpersonal therapy. 

What to Expect

Transpersonal therapists use meditation, guided imagery, hypnotherapy, dream work, art, music, journaling, mindfulness practices, and other techniques that can help you explore your spiritual self and create meaning in your life. With your 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

Transpersonal therapy is a holistic healing intervention that evolved from the humanisticwork of American psychologist Abraham Maslow in the 1960s. It integrates traditional spiritual rituals into modern psychology and emphasizes positive influences and role models rather than concentrating on negative experiences. This intervention is based on the idea that humans are more than mind and body but are also composed of intangible, or transcendent, factors that make up the whole person. Just as your mind and body sometimes require treatment, your spirituality and other intangible aspects of yourself often require healing of a sort. A transpersonal therapist may draw from a variety of different religions and spiritual practices for tools and methods that can help you explore various levels of consciousness and use your spirituality to guide you through troubled times. 


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