Transpersonal and Integrative Psychotherapy

Transpersonal Psychology is seen as continuing development within psychology, following on from three approaches of: classical (Freudian) psychoanalytic theory, behavioral psychology, and the humanistic approach. Transpersonal Psychology has had a number of influential theorist’s and practitioners from Jung and Assagioli to (currently) Ken Wilber and many others.
    The word "transpersonal" comes from the Latin "trans," meaning beyond and through, and "persona," meaning mask or personality. Transpersonal therapy is a holistic approach, encompassing all levels of human experience, including the spiritual, seeking to reveal the person behind the personality.                               
 Transpersonal psychology draws it's methodology from the spiritual traditions of the world, including eastern philosophies such as Buddhism, the Yogic traditions of India, and Western Contemplative traditions, and integrates them with contemporary psychology. It is an approach which, as well as helping people find ways of understanding and dealing with problems and suffering, also sees the potential and health within people. It does not see people solely in terms of their problems but also in terms of their capacities and successes. It is also useful as a way to help people deepen their understanding of themselves and their experiences in life.
    In transpersonal therapy, the therapist relates as an equal with the client. This shift in ideology changes the whole nature of the therapy. The therapist does not come from a superior position in relation to the client. The therapist attends to the client without judgment and with an attitude of deep respect. While it is still important at times for the therapist to be questioning, reflective and even challenging, the primary mode of being with the client is with an attitude of open mindedness; the therapist strives to be completely genuine, and "authentic," and guides the client to do the same. Both therapist and client are invited to be self-aware, honest, and authentic. This makes for a powerful therapeutic relationship in which tremendous depth of understanding and profound change can come about.

Integrative Psychotherapy
simply means that the therapist has the experience, knowledge and flexibility to adapt the means of working to the needs of the clients. Rather than ‘one approach fits all’, it recognizes that different therapeutic practices are necessary for different people and at different times. It is incumbent upon the therapist to have a wide range of knowledge and skills to fit the needs of the client. If it was felt that an even greater depth of experience of a particular approach was needed referrals to a more appropriate therapist could be made.