Exploring a Transpersonal Therapist Career

Candle in the DarkWhat Is Transpersonal Therapy?

In order to be physically healthy, most of us realize that we need to eat right, exercise regularly, and have illnesses treated as soon as possible. Mental health, on the other hand, might involves stress reduction techniques, talking about problems, and possibly counseling or therapy.

However, even people that take excellent care of their bodies and minds may not feel completely healthy. In order to achieve complete well being, many people must work to heal their bodies and minds, as well as their spirits.

The word “transpersonal” loosely translates to beyond the person, or beyond the self. This refers to an aspect of a person that is beyond the physical realm. Transpersonal therapy is a type of therapy that doesn’t focus on a person’s body and mind, but on the health of a person’s spirit. This type of therapy puts an emphasis on a person’s spiritual path or spiritual enlightenment during his life.

The theory behind transpersonal therapy is that all people - or all animals, for that matter - aren’t made up of tangible parts. They also consist of parts that are intangible and beyond our known existence, or spiritual. Healing these spiritual aspects are often necessary in order to achieve complete peace and well being. People who work with transpersonal therapists often find that this type of therapy helps them feel more complete, or whole.

As we move further into the new millennium, more and more people are in search of holistic approaches and alternatives to modern medicine and mental health practices. Many people are also working toward becoming more spiritually aware. Because of this, the field of transpersonal therapy is expected to grow, resulting in more positions for those interested in transpersonal therapy careers.

Who Can Benefit from Transpersonal Therapy?

Nearly anyone can benefit from transpersonal therapy. However, some people may be more respective to this type of therapy than others. For instance, people who are looking to explore their spiritual sides and those open to new experiences will often benefit more from transpersonal therapy.

Transpersonal therapy is also not affiliated with any one religion, so people of all different religions and spiritual paths can partake in this type of therapy. Professionals in this field, however, will often incorporate certain aspects of different spiritual paths and religions into therapy sessions.

What Does a Transpersonal Therapist Do?

Transpersonal therapists work with all sorts of individuals that are trying to cope with a variety of different problems, particularly mental and emotional problems. As a transpersonal therapist, for instance, you might work with individuals coping with such things as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, phobias, self-esteem problems, and stress.

Methods that transpersonal therapists use when working with clients may vary, depending on a few different factors. There are, however, some very common methods used during most personal therapy methods.

  • Meditationis one of the most common methods that transpersonal therapists use. This mind-body process involves sitting or resting in a quiet place, and freeing one’s mind. Meditation can help people relax their minds and bodies and get more in touch with their transpersonal selves.
  • Guide visualizationsare also often used during transpersonal therapists. This technique involves clients following a clients voice as he guides them through imaginary and symbolic visualizations and scenarios. During guided visualizations, therapists can expose clients to positive images, and clients can explore their spiritual selves.
  • Altered states of consciousness are also sometimes used by transpersonal therapists. One example of an altered state of consciousness is hypnosis, or hypnotherapy. During hypnotherapy, clients are lulled into extremely relaxed states, which makes them more receptive to subtle suggestions.

There are also many other methods and techniques that may be used by transpersonal therapists. Clients may simply be encouraged to discuss and explore their spiritual beliefs, for instance, which enables them to have a better understanding of their spiritual path in life.

Where Does a Transpersonal Therapist Work?

Transpersonal therapists might find employment in a few different settings. They might work in medical hospitals, mental health centers, and rehabilitation facilities, for instance.

Because transpersonal therapy is such a new field and is still slightly controversial, however, many transpersonal therapists usually start their own private practices.

What Are the Education Requirements to Become a Transpersonal Therapist?

There are no strict education requirements for pursuing a transpersonal therapy career. Like other therapy careers, though, individuals are usually required to have a solid formal education in order to start a transpersonal therapy career.

A handful of schools across the United States offer transpersonal psychology or transpersonal therapy degree programs. if you’re able to, you should earn a degree in one of these areas. Many transpersonal therapists, however, start their careers with degrees in areas such as psychology or counseling.

Becoming a licensed psychologist is often recommended, since licensure can open many doors in your career and many areas may even require it to practice. Students who wish to become licensed should also earn master's degrees and doctoral degrees. Before you can become a licensed psychologist, you must also complete a certain number of supervised work hours, which can usually be fulfilled by completing an internship. You should check with your , however, since the minimum number of hours needed varies in each state. Washington requires 3,300 hours, for instance, while New York requires 3,500 hours.

Spiritual training is another important aspect of becoming a transpersonal therapist. Many of these professionals study several different spiritual paths, and some of them even receive formal training in some spiritual paths.

What Is the Annual Average Salary of a Transpersonal Therapist?

If one decides to pursue a transpersonal therapy career, forecasting salary can be somewhat difficult because the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics does not publish salary information for this area of specialization. If it isn't occupational therapy, physical therapy, or recreational therapy, then it probably falls into the other category. According to the BLS, other therapists make an annual average salary of $59,190 with the top 10 percent of the profession earning, on average, $91,640 per year. Obviously salary will depend on location, education, experience and employer.