"Transpersonal Psychology begins with the belief that humans are born intrinsically Whole, and that our human birthright includes the opportunity to experience a state of spaciousness, equanimity and joy. The Transpersonal approach is Integrative in perspective, supporting the balanced development of inner and outer life.
Transpersonal Psychology has also been coined Spiritual Psychology, for it recognizes that a spiritual or wise self is at the core of our identity and the foundation from which we ultimately comprehend all other aspects of our human reality and transpersonal nature.
For some, the Wise Self is religious or spiritual in nature. It may also be more closely aligned to a deeply humanistic or ethical perspective. In any case, this wise core guides desire toward personal development and the expression of life rooted in an internal foundation that is authentic and trustworthy.
This positive, transpersonal view of human nature supports personal growth across the spectrum of life. It is Integrative in practice through fostering connection with innate gifts and strengths while also addressing current distresses and needs with tools garnered from many traditions. It is also integrative in that it welcomes into the work the honoring and weaving of the full spectrum of our lives: mind, body, emotions, spirit, work, relationships, community, and world.
Transpersonal Psychotherapy is innately respectful and collaborative. Its philosophy emerged in part, from the Humanistic perspective which supports creation of a healing container to hold "the other" with compassionate attention and empathy. "Being Seen" by another is a rare occurrence for many. The power in this experience encourages full expression of thoughts, feelings and internal struggles. There are many ways to "hold space" for another. The writings and teachings of the late, John O"Donohue and the Celtic ideal of "Anam Cara" or Soul Friend influence my personal view of this practice.
With a background in dance, yoga and various Energetic modalities, I frequently attend to, and encourage somatic awareness throughout the therapy session. Physical cues related to breath, posture, stillness or agitation provide their own language to help us decipher current distress and then embody new beliefs and actions. I find somatic awareness to be an essential tool to help unwind what is not of benefit, and to foster an attitude of friendliness and curiosity with our human vehicle-body.
Issues often considered through the lens of Transpersonal work may include spiritual inquiry and practices, creativity, peak experiences and mysticism, spiritual crisis and emergence and body-mind-spirit relationship. However, given the wholistic and life affirming view of this orientation, I find it provides the perfect platform to support nearly all concerns."