The overcoming of the limits of the individual self and its desires in spiritual contemplation and realization
Transpersonal Hypnotherapy is described as a natural extension of Transpersonal Psychology. Transpersonal psychology is
a sub-field or "school" of psychology that integrates the spiritual and transcendent aspects of the human experience
with the framework of modern psychology. It is also possible to define it as "spiritual psychology".
Transpersonal psychology advances through four "waves" or "phases" of growth. Transpersonal Hypnotherapy incorporates
methods from all four waves:
The first wave, Psychoanalytic theory developed by Freud and then Jung, deals with the unconscious mind and underlying issues.
In hypnosis, this is called hypnoanalysis: we examine the root causes of our problems.
The second wave, Behavioral Psychology, uses environmental modifications to alter our habits. In traditional hypnosis this is
giving a direct suggestion to be different, reinforcing the new behavior and then expecting a change. Neuro-linguistic
Programming (NLP), which works to change the body’s neurology, has its roots in Behavioral Psychology.
The third wave, Humanistic Psychology, developed primarily by Abraham Maslow, acknowledges that our ultimate striving is for
self-actualization: a healthy integration of body, mind and emotions. THI teaches various hypnotherapy and NLP techniques which
access personal mastery.
The fourth wave, Transpersonal Psychology, was also developed by Abraham Maslow. It states that we strive toward self-transcendence
and the realization of our spiritual potential. THI incorporates meditation with hypnotherapy to tap the resources of the
unconscious mind and connect with the source of all that is.
in Transpersonal Hypnotherapy you work with issues (such as weight) from all four of these approaches:
• Underlying issues. (Review, understand and relieve childhood wounds around weight.)
• A habit to change. (Open the refrigerator less.)
• Personal mastery. (Achieve physical, emotional and mental potential around weight issues.)
• Spiritual potential. (Expand perspectives and wisdom. See choices and spiritual benefits.)
Transpersonal Hypnotherapy ultimately focuses on the fourth wave, spiritual potential, with the goal being to help clients wake-up to who they truly are.
Transpersonal Hypnotherapy is holistic, synthesizing Transpersonal Psychology with Ericksonian Hypnosis, Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), Alchemical Hypnotherapy and other proven schools of thought. As with Transpersonal Psychology, Transpersonal Hypnotherapy recognizes our drive toward wholeness, toward a fuller intuitive experience of spirit.
Posted on April 23, 2019 by Dr. Leslie Wells, courtesy of the Association for Transpersonal Psychology & Hypnotherapy, Inc., Anne Salisbury, PhD, CCHt and Greg Meyerhoff, CCHt