There is an arena of study in which psychology and spiritual experience overlap. It is the realm of transpersonal psychology. The field offers a psycho-spiritual perspective on health, development, and therapy. Transpersonal psychology is – in essence – the study of consciousness. It is concerned with psychological and spiritual practices, disciplines and experiences. It provides a perspective in which psychospiritual and nonordinary topics can be addressed in psychotherapy.
States and Practices
As a field, Transpersonal psychology acknowledges the validity and relevance of numerous states and practices. Mystical states, mindfulness and meditative practices, ritual, nonordinary or paranormal experiences. It overlaps spiritual experience and distressed states such as depression or anxiety. It deals with the transpersonal dimensions of relationships, service, or encounters with the natural world… as well as many other topics.
Psychotherapy from a transpersonal perspective helps clients explore. We can explore what supports or hinders the growth, healing, unfolding, and evolution of consciousness.
Body-mind psychotherapy offers holistic approach. This approach respects both experiences of embodiment and transpersonal experiences. Body psychotherapy, in fact, often taps into and helps ground psychospiritual energy and experience. Alexander Lowen, in fact, wrote a book called “The Spirituality of the Body: Bioenergetics for Grace and Harmony.”
Clients who might benefit from this perspective in psychotherapy would be those who are:
- Pursuing a spiritual discipline or a nontraditional spiritual path. Those who are facing issues of how to integrate that practice into effective functioning in everyday life.
- Not sure they can talk about their spiritual practice or nonordinary experiences in the context of a therapy relationship. They have concern their nontraditional approach or nonordinary experience won’t be validated or understood.
- Facing issues of depression, anxiety, loss of meaning, or difficulties in career or relationships. These are issues that everyone faces. They need an environment where those issues can be dealt with in a transpersonal context.
This approach to therapy is Important to You
Remember the proper practice of psychospiritual disciplines and psychotherapy. The ego, personality, daily life, work, relationships, and body are seen as important aspects of one’s whole self.
adapted from Charles Martin