What is transpersonal therapy? 

Transpersonal therapy involves the whole person – emotional, physical, mental and spiritual – in the therapy. The aim is to encourage personal growth and tap into creativity;  there is much more of a spiritual focus than in most counselling or therapy. Methods such as imagery, meditation, affirmation, journal writing and body awareness exercises are commonly used. 

Transpersonal therapy developed as a result of the work of Abraham Maslow in the 1960s. Maslow described the aim of transpersonal psychology as exploring "the farthest reaches of human nature". Maslow promoted transpersonal psychology as the "fourth force" in psychology, to distinguish it from previous movements: psychoanalysis, behaviourism, and humanistic psychology. 

Who benefits from transpersonal therapy?

Transpersonal therapy focuses on the whole person, making it valuable for most people, especially those who seek a more spiritual aspect in therapy. Anything which affects growth and self-development, such as low self-esteem, PTSD, anxiety, depression, stress and relationship issues, can be addressed with transpersonal therapy. It shares much of its philosophy with psychosynthesis. 

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Last updated on 30 April 2019