"You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean." Alan Watts
"If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life."
Transpersonal counselling (also known as psycho-spiritual therapy) is an approach that was developed in the 1960s by psychiatrist Stan Grof MD, James Fadiman and Abraham Maslow, and a few others.
The term 'transpersonal' means 'beyond the personal', and this reflects the core aim of the therapy - to explore human growth and help people to discover a deep and more enduring essential self that exists beyond the conditioned ego.
Transpersonal therapists value wholeness - taking the view that the essential self is a combination of the transpersonal, self-transcendent and spiritual aspects of human experience. All of life's experiences are considered valuable and growth enhancing, and every individual is treated according to their innate striving toward a higher reality. Ultimately, in transpersonal counselling healing and growth is approached through recognition of the centrality of self.
The approach is a combination of spiritual traditions from around the world, which are integrated with elements of contemporary counselling. This framework can help a wide range of individuals - including groups of people such as families and work colleagues. Clients of transpersonal counselling aim to gain an increased understanding of themselves, their capacities, and their relationships.