What is transpersonal psychotherapy?

You have so much light and knowledge to give to the world. You have given me the tools to help me navigate my emotions. I will never forget your word’s when I’m feeling low. I feel blessed to have had you in my life. Sam


Transpersonal psychotherapy is considered the fourth force in psychology. The psychotherapy forces are identified as behaviourism, psychoanalysis, humanistic and transpersonal. The transpersonal theories were formally incepted in 1968 in the USA. Transpersonal psychotherapy, psychology and psychiatry have grown steadily and the proliferation of related research and publications attests to the growing maturation of the discipline.

A transpersonal approach, like all the other therapies, has the objective of helping people feel better and more confident about themselves. However, what makes transpersonal therapy different from other movements is that transpersonal psychotherapists not only explore past events and help people overcome life challenges, but more importantly they help people develop their potential as a human being. When we talk about our potential and inner transformation, it is the psychological and spiritual side of ourselves that we are talking about.

While other approaches help with the cognitive and emotional level of our being, the transpersonal approach helps the cognitive, emotional and spiritual part of ourselves.

When we develop our spiritual side, our life becomes more peaceful and meaningful.

Transpersonal psychotherapy integrates tools and traditions from the Eastern wisdom. The fourth force is an approach that sees you as a whole human being: mind, body and soul. It means that the practice of meditation, prayer, creative imagination, healing the chakras through dream work, breath and sound exercise are techniques used in a transpersonal therapy session. These are tools that facilitate your transcendence and connect you to your higher inner self, your divine self.

I hold a Master in Transpersonal Psychotherapy. I went through intensive training for five years at CCPE – Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education, which is an institution accepted and accredited by UKCP.

UKCP Marielle Quinlan