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Transpersonal Psychology & Psychotherapy

Transpersonal Psychology is aimed at a holistic perspective for understanding ourselves, our nature, our struggle and opportunities of development.

Transpersonal Psychotherapy evolved from the humanistic work of American psychologist Abraham Maslow in the 1960s. But the missing point in Humanistic Psychology was the spiritual dimension of human being. The goal of the Transpersonal Psychotherapy is to integrate personal and transpersonal.

Important for Transpersonal Psychology is integration of all levels of the human being and the understanding of their dynamics: the “shadow” (Carl Gustav Jung) as well as the divine essence, feelins, the body, the wounded Ego and the heart.

Transpersonal Psychotherapy recognizes the expansive and intense states of awareness and uses non-ordinary states of consciousness or “holotropic states” (Stan Grof) as a tool of understanding who we are and to recognize our reservoir of potentials. Transpersonal work elicits states of consciousness beyond the Ego. 

These are introduced through:

  • Meditation
  • Holotropic Breathwork
  • Dreambody work
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Guided imagery
  • Shamanic journeys
  • Resourcing
  • Active imagination
  • Past and future exploration

What can Transpersonal Psychotherapy help with?

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Phobias
  • Other mood and behavioural problems
  • To feel more connected, because separation is the deepest cause of suffering.

Recommended reading for this training program

Nelson-Jones, Richard: Basic Counselling Skills. A Helper’s Manual. SAGE Publications, 2015

Grof, Stanislav: Psychology of the Future. Lessons from modern Consciousness Research. State University of New York Press, 2000

Maslow, Abraham: Religion, Values, and Peak-Experience. Viking Penguin Inc., 1970

Maslow, Abraham:  Toward a Psychology of Being. Sublime Books, 2014

Rogers, Carl R.: On Becoming a Person. Boston: Mifflin, 1961

Wilber, Ken: The Atman Project: A Transpersonal View of Human Development. Wheaton, Illinois, USA: Theosophical Publishing House, 1982

Wilber, Ken: The Spectrum of Consciousness. Quest Books, 1993

Blackwell, Sean: Am I Bipolar or Waking Up? Selfpublished, 2011

Grof, Stan: Healing our Deepest Wounds. The Holotropic Paradigm Shift. Newcastle, Washington, USA: Stream of Experience Productions, 2012

Van Lommel, Pim: Consciousness Beyond Life. The Science of the Near-Death Experience. Harper One, 2010

Greenberg, Leslie S., Rice, Laura N. & Elliot, Robert: Facilitating Emotional Change: The Moment-by- Moment Process. New York: The Guildford Press, 1993

Grof, Stan: LSD–Psychotherapy. 1981

Mindell, Amy: Your Unique Facilitator Style. Explore your special Gifts and Powers as a Facilitator, Therapist, Coach, and Helper. Columbus, Ohio: Gatekeeper Press, 2019

Mindell, Arnold: Working on the dreaming body. London, Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1985

Naranjo, Claudio: Gestalt Therapy: The Attitude & Practice of an Atheoretical Experimentialism. Crown House Pub Ltd, 2004

Podvoll, Edward M.: The Seduction of Madness. Harper Collins Publishers. 1990

Grof, Christina and Stan: Holotropic Breathwork: A New Approach to Self-Exploration and Therapy. State Univ. of New York Pr, 2010

Emerson, William R.: Birth Trauma: The Psychological Effects of Obstetrical Intervention. Stonebrook Publishing House, San Francisco, 2019

Beddington-Behrens, Serge: Awakening the Universal Heart. A Guide for Spiritual Activists. London: Umbria Press, 1988

Brother Steindl-Rast: Gratefullness, Heart of Prayer: An Approach to Life in Fullness. Paulist PR, 1991

Campbell, Joseph: The Hero with a thousand Faces. Novato, California: New World Library, 2008

Hero’s Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell). New World Library, 2014

Miller, Judith: Healing the Western Soul. A Spiritual Homecoming for Today’s Seeker. Paragon House Publishers, 2015

Murdock, Maureen: The Heroine’s Journey. Women’s Quest for Holeness. Shambala Publications, 2020

Tolle, Eckhart: A New Earth. Awakening to your Life’s Purpose. Vancouver, Kanada: Namaste Publishing, 2005

Tweedie, Irina: Daughter of Fire. A Diary of a Spiritual Training with a Sufi Master. Nevada City: Blue Dolphin Publishing Inc., 1986

Lowen, Alexander: Bioenergetics. The Revolutionary Therapy That Uses the Language of the Body to Heal the Problems of the Mind. Penguin Books, 1994

Rappenecker, Wilfried and Kockrick, Meike: Atlas Shiatsu. The Meridians of Zen Shiatsu. Redwing, 2016

Hübl, Thomas: Healing Collective Trauma: A Process for Integrating Our Intergenerational and Cultural Wounds. Sounds True Inc., 2020

Maté, Gabor: In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction. Vermilion, 2018

Grof, Stanislav: The Adventure of Selfdiscovery. Dimensions of Consciousness and New Perspectives in Psychotherapy and Inner Exploration (Suny Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology). State Univ of New York Press, 1988

Grof, Stanislav: The Way of the Psychonaut – Encyclopedia for Inner Journeys, Volume I and II. Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, 1919

Mindell, Arnold: Working on Youself Alone. Inner Dreambody Work. Penguin Group – Arkana, 1990

Pollan, Michael: How to change your Mind. The new Science of Psychodelics. Penguin Books, 2018

Wilber, Ken: No Boundary: Eastern and Western Approaches to Personal Growth. Boulder, Colorado: Shambala, 2001

Castaneda, Carlos: The Teachings of Don Juan. A Yaqui Way of Knowledge. University of California Press, 1968

Eliade, Mircea: Shamanism. Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy. Princeton University Press, 2004

Hallucinogens and Shamanism (ed. Michael Harner). Oxford university Press, 1973

Harner, Michael: The Way of the Shaman. San Francisco, USA: HarperCollins, 1992

Walsh, Roger: The World of Shamanism. New Views of an Ancient Tradition. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 2007

Grof, Stanislav and Halifax, Joan: The Human Encounter with Death. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1978

Sogyal Rinponche: The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. Revised and updated Version. San Francisco: Harper, 2002

Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology

Bernadette Blin: What is really Transpersonal Psychotherapy? (Transpersonal Healing Field, 2019):

New Paradigm

Stanislav Grof: The Healing Potential of Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness (2014):

Heroes Journey

About Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey: FINDING JOE | Full Movie: (27.12.20)

The Hero’s Journey in Film:

Transpersonal Skills

Interview with Arnold and Amy Mindell (Mamaki Film, 2017):

Holotropic Breathwork

Stan Grof: Holotropic Breathwork (2006):

Bigitte Grof describes Holotropic Breathwork (Susan Hess Logeais, 2020): (Some browser doesn’t open the link.)

Self Exploration

“The Way of the Psychonaut” (Susan Hess Logeais, 2020): (Some browser doesn’t open the link)


Film about the Mazatecan Shaman Maria Sabrina, who had worked with Magic Mushrooms:

Documentary about Gordon Wasson, magic mushrooms, ancient culture: The Mushroom Man (1996)

“The Substance”. Alber Hoffaman’s LSD. Trailer. (2012):

Stan Grof