Transpersonal Therapy

What is transpersonal therapy?

Transpersonal therapy takes a holistic approach to therapy with an emphasis on spirituality. This type of therapy aims to address the client’s mental, physical, social, emotional, creative, and intellectual needs in order to facilitate healing and growth.

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What transpersonal therapy can help with

Transpersonal therapy can be used to treat a variety of mental health concerns. It is especially helpful for clients interested in exploring their spirituality. Transpersonal therapy promotes altruism, creativity, and feelings of connectedness.

Effectiveness of transpersonal therapy  

There is limited research on the effectiveness of transpersonal therapy. Studies have shown that it is not an effective treatment for individuals experiencing psychosis.

How transpersonal therapy works

Transpersonal therapists use a variety of techniques such as, meditation, guided visualization, hypnotherapy, dream work, art, music, journaling, and mindfulness practices in order to help clients explore their spiritual self and create meaning in their life.

This therapy requires that both the therapist and client be open-minded, honest, and self-aware.

Frequency of transpersonal therapy sessions

Transpersonal therapy is a more informal therapy technique. Frequency of sessions can be determined by the therapist and client together.

Length of transpersonal therapy  

Transpersonal therapy can be integrated into other types of therapy and techniques such as, mindfulness and mediation, which are typically long-term. Given its holistic approach, clients are often engaged in this type of therapy for a long period of time.

How transpersonal therapy sessions are structured

There is no set structure to a transpersonal session. Therapists use a variety of techniques, many of them creative, in order to encourage clients’ growth holistically.

What happens in a typical transpersonal therapy session

Transpersonal therapy goes beyond traditional talk therapy, and employs a variety of creative techniques. Sessions vary depending upon the client’s goals and the therapist’s expertise.  

What to look for in a transpersonal therapist

Transpersonal therapy can be provided by mental health counselors, social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists. Regardless of credentials, therapists who provide supportive therapy should possess:

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