What does transpersonal mean?
Transpersonal psychology, also known as transpersonal counselling, was developed by American psychologist, Abraham Maslow in the 1960s. The term 'transpersonal' means 'beyond the personal', and this reflects the core aim of the therapy - to explore human growth and help people to discover a deep and more enduring essential self that exists beyond the conditioned ego.
What can transpersonal counselling help with?
Transpersonal therapists work with all sorts of individuals that are trying to cope with a variety of different problems, particularly mental and emotional problems. A transpersonal therapist might work with individuals coping with such things as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, phobias, self-esteem problems, relationship problems, loss/grief and stress.
How many sessions do I need?
I do not set a number of sessions - I find that long-term therapy works best. However, I realise there are finiancial considerations and will discuss the right balance with potential clients. The other factor is the complexity and number of issues presented.
How long and how often are the sessions?
I work with clients for one hour once a week, ideally on the same day and time. Sometimes, at the request of the client, we will begin therapy with two sessions a week.
Is there a contract to sign?
Yes - I will send you two forms to complete: the contract and personal details. These forms are sent and returned by email - all personal data is held digitally and password protected, I follow GDPR regulations for holding and deleting personal data.
Do I have to pay up front - am I tied into a financial contract?
No and no - basically it's pay as you go; there will be no specific number of sessions you'll be required to attend. All I ask is that you pay prior to your session, ideally on the same day.
What is your cancellation policy?
I'm fairly relaxed about this. I can't remember a time when I've charged a client for a missed session. If you need to rearrange and give me enough notice, I will do my best to find another slot. Occasionally, when a client has paid up front and then can't make the appointment I will carry over their payment to the following session.
Are the sessions confidential?
Yes - with the exception of certain specific disclosures as recommended by the BACP (these are set out in the contract)
Do you have a code of practice?
Yes - I work within the guidelines, code of ethics and good practice of the BACP ethical framework. You can view the ethical framework here: BACP website.
Do you offer advice?
No - my role is to facilitate your personal growth and awareness by listening, reflecting and offering clarity and perspective. Any decisions you make must be yours, it would be a mistake and a breach of the BACP ethical framework to take your power and autonomy and make decisions on your behalf.
How will I benefit from therapy?
Counselling and psychotherapy aims to liberate you from the isolation and loneliness of living with inner turmoil by providing an outlet for you to express your deepest emotions to someone with the right set skills to help you. Therapy aims to provide you with the tools to to cope with life's difficulties and lead to a positive change within.
The therapist is outside of your family and friends offering a safe, non-judgmental space enabling you to gain a new perspective on your life. Unlike confiding in friends and family, you will not need to concern yourself with how you are impacting the therapist - they are a professional and have the training and experience to hold a space for anything you may bring to therapy.
What does MBACP mean?
I am registered as a counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and am a Member of this professional body (MBACP). The BACP is a public record of counsellors and psychotherapists who have met the standards for professional registration accredited by the professional standards authority for health and social care.