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My Approach - Transpersonal Counselling
Transpersonal Counselling is an integrative and inclusive approach. It brings together holistic and contemporary processes for the well-being of the mind and body. See The Transpersonal Concept.
To seek counselling can be personally difficult. I know this from from my own experience. You are welcome to contact me to organise a free 15 minute phone chat, so you can ask questions about the therapy. You can also ask questions via the website or email.
Transpersonal counselling is ‘person or client’ centred, an approach developed from work by Carl Rogers. This means there is respect, acceptance, positive regard and no judgement of you. see How I work.
I recognise you (the client) have the innate ability to move along the path of resolution, and you are the author of your own life.
I provide a non-judgemental, confidential, empathic, supportive, safe and caring space, so you feel as comfortable as possible while we proceed. This brings the opportunity for change to occur, a gradual building of trust, strength, resilience and understanding so that healing can progress. The sessions proceed at a pace you are comfortable with.
To know more about Transpersonal counselling keep reading.
Transpersonal Counselling is more than ‘talk therapy.’ When appropriate, I use psychotherapeutic methods for deeper work – see How I Work. Talk therapy can help prepare the way, and the client for the deeper work.
If and when appropriate, we work beyond the surface of the issue/s into the unconscious, as it holds the keys to resolution and self-understanding. I provide support and guidance during the counselling process, and you control the pace and content so that you feel safe as we progress.
The counselling changes the perpective of the unconscious memory, so that it is reframed, and healing can occur.
As a qualified Transpersonal therapist, my role is to support you during the process. There is no pre-judging or making assumptions about a situation, and no labelling. Note: This is not to say labels do not have their uses.
During the therapy, there is natural growth in awareness, which is a means for exploration of the issue/s. Awareness fosters spontaneity, creativity, being freer and deliberateness (conscious choices). See the Benefits of Counselling.
Past and Present
Transpersonal counselling works with the current (now) experience of the issue, to gently and carefully connect with negative, recent memories, forgotten or repressed memories, and their emotions and feelings. These memories have inner deeper aspects residing in the unconscious, and are sources of, or contribute to the issue.
While issue/s can be initiated at any time, many begin in childhood. Growing up, events gave us positve and negative experiences. Negative experiences may have started a potential issue/s, and later negative experiences added to it.
They can bring unpleasant, tormenting, troublesome, and painful sensations. They can also cause unexplained and undesirable actions, reactions, feelings, and emotions.
Transpersonal counselling therefore works with the unconscious, to create resolution for these past and hidden memories, and beliefs about ourselves, which prevent our healthy functioning. see How I Work
Meaning and Purpose
Transpersonal counselling is suited to finding and renewing meaning and purpose. It won’t tell you what you must do with life, since meaning and purpose come from within. It is something we make, and personally choose for it to be real and authentic for us.
With the help of counselling, we explore, and work through the issue/s which create obstacles. As the osbtacles (blocks) clear, and awareness and self-knowledge grow, you can discover where your heart and mind point. It is a way for meaning making and finding purpose for satisfaction and fulfillment in life.
The Intangile and Transcendent
Transpersonal counselling does not advocate nor promote any philosophy, ideology, religion, belief or doctrine. It works within an individual’s personal approach or beliefs.
The Transpersonal approach recognises the importance of intangible and transcendent aspects and experiences. These aspects are inspired from the idea, that we are more than the sum of our parts and connected – they are often tied to the term ‘spiritual’.
In my counselling, I use the term ‘the intangible’ rather than spiritual as it is inclusive of Atheistic, secular, non-supernatural, supernatural, religious, philosophical and other perspectives and beliefs. The English language does not appear to have an all-inclusive word, to describe the search for personal improvement, or those seeking (more) irrespective of belief. It is, however, an evolving language.
We can associate the intangible with (but not always) transcended experiences or states. Transcendent states are not exclusively religious based experiences.
These states can elicit feelings of connection (with something outside of us or a larger reality) which is felt from the heart. For example: A heart and body felt connection with nature. They can be expansive experiences beyond self and as part of personal growth, self-knowledge and broader realisations.
Transpersonal counselling recognises their importance to the individual’s personal growth, their journey, and supports the exploration of revelational experiences.
Mind and Body awareness
These days we are more accepting of the idea that mind and body are connected and affect each other. Research is proving that our state of mind (emotions and feelings) affects our physical state and vice-versa.
Body sensations can be triggered by our state of mind. They reflect what is happening for us at that moment, even though the response was shaped by past events. Whether recently or long ago.
For example: We generally know that grief, loss or love can be ‘felt’ in the heart area. It is a familiar sensation, difficult to ignore, and so accepted as real. Yet sensations are not limited to a couple of emotions and feelings, and not only felt in one area of the body – if there is awareness.
During the counselling process a natural increase or reconnection with body awareness happens.
These important sensations are somatic responses.
Transpersonal counselling can work with the somatic (i.e. of the body) responses for deeper work – i.e. using the physical sensations created by psychological states and processes. It is an inter-connected aspect of the whole being.
Simple mindfull/awareness techniques, allow us to sense our mind and body connections, which provide valuable help when working with issues. The somatic responses in partnership with the conscious (cognitive) and unconscious, help explore and resolve issues. It also promotes self-awareness and understanding.
The counselling process can gently re-introduce us to the awareness of the mind-body connection in a practical way. It exists in us, whether or not we are aware of it.
Body awareness has practical abilities beyond counselling. For example: as a warning system for self-care, health issues, being sensitive to relationships and part of decision making.
Transpersonal Counselling processes increase self-awareness, self-understanding and help self-actualisation. The benefits of working with one issue can have a positive ripple effect. see The Benefits
The outcome of the ripple effect is the improvement of other aspects of our life, our personal environment and broader community. It can also expose other blocks which prevent us achieving what we are trully capable of.
As the issue reduces, doorways open to, new possibilities, creativity, mystery, intuition, making more conscious choices, discovery of meaning and purpose and experiencing life in a richer way.
You can begin to understand and experience yourself.
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Please Note: Counselling is not a substitute for medical treatment. If you are on medication or having medical treatment and wish to change it, you should consult your health professional first.