Transpersonal psychology is a combination of two methods of the healing process. Transpersonal means “extending or going beyond the personal or individual” while Psychology of course is “the study of the mind”. Together transpersonal psychology means exploring beyond the personality into the spiritual part of you that I call essence.
I believe that feeling, experiencing and understanding your essence is instrumental in healing and living a full and authentic life. Your essence is the witness, the one who observes, and therefore can learn and change. I find this to be the vital component of the Integrative Approach to Healing. Having a spiritual understanding of your self makes it easier to see the psychological patterns and beliefs that block you from being free.
From the transpersonal psychological approach we explore how your mind works and how it functions. The mind includes where you learned how to behave along with your beliefs and self-images from your childhood history. It’s essential that you understand this larger and more subtle perspective of your essence in order to transform old psychological structures that may not be working for you. In my Integrative Approach to Healing, I find Sigmund Freud’s research and discovery of the id, ego and superego (inner critic) to be very valuable. In particular, I find the exploration of the inner critic to be a crucial step in understanding potential sources of negative self-judgements and their powerful influences on you. This particular work will help you discover what’s hindering you from freely taking action, feeling joyful or simply loving who you are.