In the word “transpersonal’’, the prefix ”trans” means “beyond”. As well as
embracing a sense of something beyond the individual person it also includes
the personal. This sense of other is found at the heart of both spiritual and
artistic visions as a source of healing and inspiration.
Transpersonal Psychology is an umbrella term covering a number of related
approaches, both Eastern and Western, which combine modern knowledge with
A transpersonal perspective can include the concept of a central core within
every individual that is essentially spiritual in nature and seeks its most
complete expression during each lifetime. C.J.Jung called this the “Self” and
the journey to realise it the "Individuation" process.
The task of a transpersonal psychotherapist is to hold in awareness the
client’s essential wholeness while staying alongside the client in the life
struggles and difficulties that he or she is grappling with. This process can
bring about healing and transformation.
This approach is concerned with accompanying the individual as they work to
discover their own potential, which can be released as they find the source and
reveal the depth of their own being. Experiences of trauma, loss and crisis can
emerge in the process of healing. Transpersonal psychotherapy attends to the
needs of body, mind, feelings and spirit. All aspects of a person’s experience
I believe counselling and psychotherapy can help us make
sense of what is happening in our lives, feel more in control, and help us grow
into the people we would like to be. I also believe that healthy relationships
are at the heart of the secret to leading a satisfying and fulfilling life. And
I believe that everyone has a right to that life.
Transpersonal psychotherapy is an
integrative approach with a holistic and spiritual dimension, I offer a variety of treatment methods, ranging from Psychodynamic
Counselling over CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), TA (Transactional Analysis),
Existential and Gestalt counselling to Jungian and Transpersonal concepts.
What is 'Transpersonal'?
As a transpersonal psychotherapist, I see myself as a companion on the
client's therapeutic journey.
Often a crisis in life precipitates the desire to begin such a journey.
Sometimes unhappiness and general dissatisfaction with life and/or
relationships pre-empts seeking help through a difficult time.
I believe that everyone has a wiser, deeper self that knows what is required
to unfold and develop. It is my task to shine the light of awareness and listen
to what this deeper self wishes to manifest. As such I am as a midwife
assisting emergence of that wisdom and knowledge, sometimes recognised as a
more spiritual approach.
To facilitate such awareness, a safe space needs to be created through the
therapeutic relationship - and by using creativity and imagination the
'essential self' can be heard.
Through creative work such as using dreams, writing, drawing, clay, and
exploring intuition and visualisation, this deeper, wiser self emerges. Such
connection can also be established working from a mind-body, holistic approach.
between the two is endlessly debated! Either way, the healing process depends
on a relationship of trust where the client feels safe enough to explore
thoughts and feelings.
In my view, counselling can often be shorter term work than psychotherapy
and more focused on solving the particular problem presented.
Psychotherapy tends to be longer term work when there is the opportunity of
looking more deeply into your life and why some things are just not working for
A growing number of people are seeking help on their challenging journey of
self-knowledge, understanding and personal development.
Counselling and Psychotherapy are talking 'treatments' used to treat
mental, emotional and some psychiatric disorders. They help the person to
understand and accept their strengths and weaknesses as well as what makes them
feel positive or anxious. Identifying feelings and ways of thinking helps the
person to cope with situations they find difficult and new ways of approaching
them. This requires a trusting relationship between the person and the
therapist and can last for weeks, months or sometimes years.
Psychotherapy or Counselling can be carried out on an individual basis, as
part of a group or with your spouse or partner. During your sessions, you are
encouraged to talk about yourself, your feelings and your situation/problem and as your therapist I am here to help you to find ways to tackle them. It can take place over a
short period of time, between 6 to 12 sessions or over longer indefinite
periods where problems can be addressed at a deeper level.
Different people have different needs in therapy and my approach is to use
appropriate techniques according to your specific problems. I use an
integrative approach that includes Cognitive Behavioural, Psychodynamic and
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy aims to help people change patterns of thinking
or behaviour that are causing problems in their day to day lives. This is a
structured approach with goals agreed at the outset and planned exercises
carried out between sessions.
Psychodynamic Therapy involves me as your therapist listening to your experiences,
exploring connections between current feelings/actions and past events. It can
be especially useful in helping people with long term or recurring problems get
to the root of their difficulties.
Transpersonal Therapy includes, and goes beyond the realm of
psychology and emotions and explores deeper meaning and purpose to crisis and
the problems we experience. It is based on the belief that through crisis we
have the opportunity to grow and develop our full potential as human and
How to begin To find out whether or not Counselling or Psychotherapy
is right for you our first contact would be by Skype or email. We would briefly
discuss confidentiality, why you want to come, how I might be able to help,
fees and an appropriate appointment time.
The first session would consist of you telling me more about yourself and
the difficulties you are facing, deciding whether or not I am the right
therapist for you and give you an opportunity to ask any questions you may
Our sessions are confidential and will not be discussed with anyone without
your agreement unless there is a requirement by law to do so or if there is a
risk of serious harm to yourself or others. However, in the unlikely event that
this might happen I would fully discuss the matter with you first.
Contact me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org