FAQ: Transpersonal Therapies
What does 'transpersonal' mean?
What is transpersonal counselling and psychotherapy?
Transpersonal psychotherapists and counsellors differ widely in their approach to practice, which may be based on Jungian, person-centred, psychosynthesis, Buddhist, existential, holotropic, integrative or other training and experience.
How does transpersonal counselling differ from art therapy?
Do I need to be creative to do art therapy?
“According to a 2016 study published in the Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, less than an hour of creative activity can reduce your stress and have a positive effect on your mental health, regardless of artistic experience or talent.” (verywellmind.com)
The focus is not on analysing or interpreting the art, but rather amplifying and enquiring into what’s on the paper, so you can make your own meaning.
Carl Jung wrote in The Man and His Symbols: “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”
We all have the ability to access this part of ourselves, but most of us have never been shown how. Art Therapy is a very gentle way to start this journey of self-realisation and help the integration of all parts of yourself.
Do I need to have spiritual beliefs to do this work?
Is it safe?
How will transpersonal work benefit me?
It provides an outlet for you to express your deepest wisdom, emotions and insights to assist with dealing with life difficulties and lead to positive change within. In addition, it helps to build your skill set. It is always highlighting your resources and paving the way to the answers that reside within.
What can transpersonal counselling and art therapy help with?
What sort of activities would I be doing in art therapy?
The encouragement is to let the conscious mind go and move into unconscious exploration to allow free self-expression. You are then guided to delve into feelings, theme and symbols that assist the discovery of emotions, develop self-awareness, help cope with stress, boost self-esteem, and work on social skills.