"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” Anais Nin
"The removing of the 'tangles' is a process of liberation from our complexes and illusions and from the way in which we identify with the roles we play in life, with the masks within us and with our idols, etc. It is a 'release' according to the etymology of the word, a liberation and awakening of hidden potential." Roberto Assagioli
When two people meet through the heart centre and acknowledge the soul nature within, there is light, which welcomes you back to yourself, back home, to your original innate nature. In your sessions with me you are invited to talk about your spiritual experiences and curiosity or yearning for something more, if you so wish. You might have come to psychotherapy to work through your feelings surrounding your discovery of a particular spiritual way of being or you are feeling unsatisfied and wishing to explore what else is there. You might feel something is missing. All material is welcome in our work together where we give attention, time and validation to your feelings and experiences. We find out meaning and purpose of your experiences.
Transpersonal psychotherapy hopes to facilitate the process of unfolding within a person on a soul level and get them back in touch with their unique beautiful qualities that might have become out of balance or distorted. The aim is to make 'whole' again. This way of working sees everything as a whole:
- symptoms in the body as symbols of things wanting to be known and healed
- distorted thoughts and negative scripts wanting to be re-written to their original story, before we were touched upon by external factors
With intuitive and guiding support of being fully present with what is manifesting in the therapy room, a relationship between a client and therapist, seeks to make unconscious conscious and look at material presented in a way of 'what is out of balance? what is unfolding? what needs attention and what is the meaning of this experience?'
We look beyond what we see, speak of and think, beyond what appears. There is a meaning in things that manifest in our lives and through love of unconditional compassion we uncover lessons, directions, ways of changing the way we think and see things and relate to one another.
It is about those transpersonal moments of awe and peace when we are in touch with the divine within and on outside that truly touch us deeply and have the power to transform all that surrounds us.
This therapy assumes that there is a spiritual dimension to life and human nature, and that everyone is connected in some way with a higher spiritual power. Transpersonal therapy emphasises personal empowerment. It takes account of your past experiences, but also looks to the future and what is likely to unfold for you, the challenges you may face and the qualities that you will need to meet those challenges. Its basic belief is that whatever the hardships of human experience, you core essence, or soul, remains undamaged." description from Making sense of talking treatments leaflet by Mind
As a Transpersonal psychotherapist I adopt creative ways of working with what often is hard to put into words. I use drawings, collage making, visualizations, music, writing, poetry into my sessions, which helps us find expression to those experiences that touch us deeply. These activities tap into our unconscious knowing and bring forward awareness in a profound, illuminating way.
Here is some research information presented at a BACP conference on issues of Identity:
Why is spiritual identity important?
"Higher levels of spiritual perceptions were independently associated with better psychological well-being i.e. increased positive affect, clearer purpose in life, positive relations with others, personal growth, self-acceptance and autonomy." Greenfield, Vaillant, & Marks, 2009
"Spiritual identity is effective in protecting and restoring psychological health." Richards & Bergin, 1997
"Spiritual health is a protective factor for a variety of mental and physical health issues (e.g., lower suicide rates, decreased alcoholism, lower divorce rates, better coping with stress." Koenig, 2005; Richards & Bergin, 2005