What is Transpersonal Therapy?

Reviewed by Dr Sheri Jacobson

Looking to find meaning and purpose in a world you sometimes feel lost in? And curious to feel a connection to something bigger than just yourself, trying tools like meditation and visualisation?

Transpersonal therapy might be for you.

What is transpersonal psychotherapy?

Started in 1960s America, transpersonal therapy was a move away from the then popular humanistic therapy (although nowadays it is often grouped under the humanistic umbrella).

Transpersonal psychotherapy mixes psychological thinking with spiritual tools and traditions to help you find balance, harmony, and a sense of greater connection to yourself and the world.

How is transpersonal therapy different than other types of therapy?

The general aim is like that of all talk therapy -- to feel better about yourself, more at ease with your life experience, and to reach your potential.

But transpersonal therapy goes beyond just healing the emotional and intellectual, also addressing your social, physical, creative, and spiritual side.

Like other forms of humanistic therapy, transpersonal therapy has a positive outlook. It doesn’t focus on the parts of you that are troubled, but on what is right and profound within you, and how this inner, ‘essential’ and altruistic self can be used for healing and progress.

The tools of transpersonal therapy

It aims to explore all forms of human experience, not just things that seem logical but also non-ordinary states of consciousness. So transpersonal therapy mixes psychological thinking with ‘spiritual’ tools.

Of course the tools it embraces that might once have seen ‘radical’ are all but normal these days and used by other forms of talk therapy, too. These include things like dreamwork, meditation, visualisation, hypnosis, yoga therapy, breathwork, and creativity.

Benefits of transpersonal therapy

So what sorts of results can you expect from committing to working with a transpersonal therapist? You can experience:

  • a stronger sense of who you really are, your ‘true self’
  • feeling more connected to yourself, others, and a greater 'whole'
  • a connection to your ‘spiritual’ self, whatever that looks like for you
  • more of a sense of purpose and meaning
  • greater ease at navigating a changing world
  • better understanding of others and relating
  • hope for humanity and for yourself
  • a wider perspective of yourself and the world
  • a set of tools that help you stay connected to yourself and the ‘greater whole’.

What can transpersonal therapy help me with?

Again, it helps you feel more at ease with your life, and a greater sense of connection. This can help with:

What should I look for in a transpersonal therapist?

The client-therapist relationship is a big part of transpersonal therapy. A good transpersonal therapist aims to be fully present to you, and fully authentic with who they are, creating a safe and judgement-free environment for you.

Ready to give transpersonal therapy a go? Use our easy booking tool to find your perfect transpersonal therapist now and start exploring who you truly are and what you are capable of.

Andrea M. Darcy is a mental health and wellbeing expert and writer. She also runs a consultancy helping people find their perfect therapy and therapist. Follow her on Instagram for useful life tips @am_darcy

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