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.
"You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean."
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