Transpersonal Approaches

Transpersonal psychotherapy explores the full range of human experience; from “abnormal” behavior to “normal” functioning, to spiritually embodied, and transcendent consciousness. Carl Jung first coined the term, “transpersonal (uberpersonlich),” when he used the phrase “transpersonal unconscious” as a synonym for “collective unconscious.” [1]From a transpersonal psychological perspective, mental health diagnosis can provide a concrete tool for the integrated psycho-spiritual and clinical practice. The scientific and the spiritual natures of human experience are becoming increasingly integrated with the advancements in the studies of Neurobiology and Neurophenomenology (the study of spiritual practice and the physiological changes in the brain.)

Transpersonal Psychotherapy

  • Approaches the individual as a whole person.
  • Views the personality as part of the vehicle which enables the soul to engage with this world.
  • Considers the nature of the spirit, psyche, and diverse ways of being in the world.
  • Addresses spiritual life development though exploring how psycho-spiritual evolution informs all aspects and stages of our personal and professional lives throughout our lifespan.
  • Utilizes mental health diagnosis as a tool for concrete psycho-spiritual and clinical practices of integration.
  • Melds indigenous wisdom and ancient traditions with psychology.

The Client Can

  • Find purpose and meaning in Life: past, present and future.
  • Develop connectedness to Self, Others and the Universe; thus, lessening isolation.
  • Come to trust one’s own experiences and assessments as valid and relevant.
  • Identify and respect one’s own needs.
  • Find freedom and courage to see and express from one’s “reality” that differs from “normal” societal constructs.
  • Enhance self-esteem and confidence independent of outer “doing” and achievement.
  • Come to respect and learn to work with the intuitive, emotional and spritual aspects of self in a productive manner.
  • Discover unconscious belief systems (thoughts) and behavioral patterns; thus, becoming more aware of self.
  • Achieve a deep and profound sense of peace; thus, moving beyond pervasive depression, anxiety and confusion.
  • Establish individuation within the Greater Whole of life.

Examples of Transpersonal Modalities

  • Body movement
  • Eco-psychology or depth ecology
  • Development and practice of ritual
  • Dream work
  • Journaling
  • Use of myths and story telling in archetypal exploration
  • Exploration of spiritual experience and meaning
  • Exploration of the shamanic and mystical in the history of human development
  • Guided imagery and other relaxation techniques