John Bate MA, BSc (Hons) For. Psych. Dip. Couns.
MBACP (Accred), NCS (Acc Prof), MBPS.
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Transpersonal therapy incorporates a spiritual aspect of personal relationship; it is a person-centred approach that adds another element – spirituality. Everyone has their own understanding of what spirituality means and in transpersonal counselling the counsellor will work with the client, sharing the clients journey through a therapeutic relationship.
The therapist will try to share empathically the client’s frame of reference, to hear their story, understand their loss of peace, and help them discover their way along the road to finding their true value, worthiness and ability with a sense of hope and encouragement.
An important aspect of transpersonal counselling is the counsellor’s use of Carkhuff’s ‘Core Conditions’, values of respect and warmth, empathy, genuineness and self-disclosure, concreteness, appropriate confrontation and immediacy. These help the therapeutic relationship to develop between the client and the counsellor so that the client can feel safe enough to trust the counsellor and to tell their story.
Transpersonal counselling is often used within an integrative model of counselling – a model that incorporates various ‘tools’, or ways of helping the client work through their difficulties. These tools integrate with the base approach used by the counsellor, for example a person-centred approach may also incorporate aspects of transactional analysis.
Transpersonal counselling can be helpful in working with clients who have experiences of depression, anxiety, addiction, bereavement, trauma, other general mental health difficulties, or problems with decision making or understanding troubling aspects of their life.