What is Transpersonal Therapy?
Do you find yourself lacking motivation or procrastinating? Perhaps you feel unfulfilled mentally or spiritually. Have you tried traditional therapy but did not get the results you wanted?
There may be hope yet.
While many conventional therapies exist, many people cite that traditional therapies only focus on negative behaviors and thought processes.
People searching for a more positive-oriented treatment may want to consider transpersonal therapy.
Defining Transpersonal Therapy
Transpersonal therapy is a holistic approach to therapy that focuses on your mental, physical and spiritual health. This type of therapy promotes not just body and mind but also intellectual, emotional, creative, and spiritual needs.
Transpersonal therapy believes that we are more than our flesh and mind. Just as traditional treatment helps heal the mind, transpersonal therapy aims to heal the soul.
Transpersonal therapy differentiates itself from traditional treatments because it focuses on positive therapy instead of negative symptoms.
Patients are encouraged to learn new coping mechanisms and acknowledge their skills and past achievements.
This positive reinforcement can attract many people who prefer looking at the positive instead of the negative aspects of our personality and behavior.
This type of therapy has many practices that may motivate you and help you find motivation.
How does it work?
Transpersonal therapy utilizes Eastern practices and Western theory and combines mindfulness, meditation, and positive therapy into a hybrid form of therapy.
Many of the techniques practiced center around mindfulness and achieving higher consciousness. Here are some of the techniques transpersonal therapy enlists for a more holistic, positive experience.
Visualization is a common technique used in new-age philosophy. Patients practice visualizing their ideal state of mind, body, and soul with guided meditation.
Visualization can help people envision a state of well-being without their symptoms, and take account of this future state and break down how to become that person.
Meditation is a widespread technique that practices mindfulness. Patients sit in a relaxed position and practice breathing techniques.
Many Eastern traditions use meditation as a way to achieve inner peace and balance. Meditation can be an effective practice for people who experience anxiety, depression, or panic attacks.
Even if you’re not experiencing those symptoms, it’s a practical activity to center yourself and clear your mind.
Mindfulness is the practice of staying present and in the moment. Often, our minds will wander, and we won’t focus on what’s happening.
Maybe we won’t listen to our spouse telling us about their day. Perhaps our mind is on autopilot at work but is preoccupied with another worry. Mindfulness helps us practice staying focused and present.
Patients can achieve mindfulness by meditation or other simple actions like gardening, painting, or even walking.
Therapists help patients achieve mindfulness by encouraging journaling. Journaling can give patients a window into their minds with a technique called ‘freewriting’ or ‘dumping,’ where patients write anything that comes to mind.
This type of raw “data dump” gives patients access to how their mind works and what kinds of thoughts they’re thinking without acknowledging.
Once we recognize our thoughts, we can dive deeper into changing them for more positive thought processes.
Music therapy can range from listening to calming music, dancing or swaying to rhythmic beats, or playing musical instruments. Music Therapy has been shown to help patients with trauma or PTSD heal and relieve their symptoms.
There is also anecdotal proof that music preserves memories and can elicit positive emotions associated with those memories. For example, when patients with Alzheimer’s Disease listened to music from their past, they temporarily regained some of their cognitive abilities.
Benefits of Transpersonal Therapy
Transpersonal Therapy has a plethora of benefits that yield long-lasting change. Practicing meditation, for example, can help people handle situations without and remain calm and centered.
When we learn to accept emotions as temporary and not extensions of ourselves, we allow them to come and go through our lives.
Thus, this practice can help build resilience and spiritual fortitude in the face of stressful situations.
Transpersonal Therapy can also help identify your strengths and achievements. This awareness can be a powerful tool because it’s a shift in thinking from focusing on what we lack and instead focus on what we have.
Shifting to a positive mindset can bleed into other areas of our lives, resulting in more opportunities and positive interactions.
If you feel transpersonal therapy would be a good fit, reach out to a licensed therapist. Also, look for clinical therapists with a focus on holistic forms of therapy.
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