Transpersonal Psychology

Transpersonal Psychology assists you particularly in times of:

  • Grief and loss
  • Crisis / Coming to terms with difficult or destabilizing events, trauma, or circumstances
  • “The dark night of the soul”
  • Healing and release from the past
  • Heightened sensitivity
  • Pregnancy, post-natal concerns
  • Undergoing painful life transitions or life experiences
  • Challenges with self-esteem, self-acceptance
  • Self-sabotaging behaviour
  • Symptoms of anxiety, depression, stress, or mood difficulties
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Parenting challenges
  • Workplace concerns that impact mental health

This transpersonal approach effectively offers you:

  • A strong therapeutic alliance that is based on acceptance, equality, respect, oneness of the human condition;
  • A perspective that symptoms may arise as language of the “soul” and that when we learn to listen to the deeper aspects of self, we may experience not only symptom relief, but healing, transformation, shifts in consciousness, and profound personal growth.
  • A holistic range of techniques that offers an intervention at the level(s) that the issues are occurring on. These may include the perspectives of solution-focused brief therapy, voice dialogue, the focusing technique, guided imagery, cognitive-behavioural therapy, ACT, narrative, and object-relational work.
  • Recognition of spiritual emergence and varied experiences of consciousness. So often over-simplified or under-recognised, sometimes when people experience crisis or heightened challenge that impacts their construct of reality, there is an opportunity to fully integrate the lessons, meaning, and evolutionary potential in what is known as, “spiritual emergence.” A transpsersonal approach can assist to move more gracefully through these times.

shutterstock_220881922How 1:1 sessions work:

Transpersonal Psychology sessions are ideally taken as a series of 6-10 to support your journey of healing, self-discovery, growth, and behavioural change.

You may opt to do this work by distance over phone or Skype, and these sessions are subject to Private Health cover.

Rain Czupryna, Psychologist, is currently taking leave from face-to-face psychology sessions, with a return date yet to be determined. All SoulScapes Psychology is currently being serviced by Cherie Levy. (Rain will provide a limited number of phone-based mentorships and Vision Quests in 2018.)

To use the Medicare Better Access Scheme for a rebate of $84.80/session with Cherie, you need to:

  • Acquire a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) from your GP. The MHCP must be addressed to “Cherie Levy.”
  • To book in with Cherie directly – email us through the contact page. Our admin team will pass your enquiry on to Cherie and assist with your first booking. Often people would like to have a chat first to ensure right fit for what you need and we welcome that. Please supply your best contact phone number to receive a call back.

Prior to your first session, you will receive your Intake and Orientation Pack, which orients you to all the details you need to know, covers confidentiality, asks you to provide basic information, and asks about your goals for the work. You then receive a Starter Kit to make the most of your program.

Location for in-person sessions is in the Mullumbimby/Brunswick Heads area of the Byron Shire, NSW.

Session fees with Cherie:

$180/hour less Medicare rebate of $84.80 = $95.20/session

Please note that the APS 2017-18 recommended fees for psychologists = $246/hr.

Sliding scale can be discussed with Cherie in cases of genuine financial need combined with personal commitment to the work. The sliding scale is not for casual appointments. It is there to help make this service accessible in times of genuine financial need and when there is also a commitment to the work.

You may be eligible to claim rebates for therapy through your private health insurance provider. Growing Together is registered with all of the major private health insurance providers. Please speak directly to your private health insurance fund for further information regarding your eligibility.

About Cherie Levy:

SoulScapes welcomes aboard our experienced new team member and Registered Psychologist, Cherie Levy. 

Cherie is qualified in the transpersonal, is a newly trained Vision Quest Protector, and holds deep respect for nature-based, shamanic, and sacred ceremony work, making her a natural fit for the practice. With a down-to-earth and easeful, grounded presence, she has a heartfelt attitude of community service.

Offering services to all women across the life span, Cherie has a particular passion for working with young people. She fosters a respectful and confidential space for young people to examine what is and is not working in their life, and to make grounded decisions about moving towards living the life they wish for themselves. Sessions with Cherie can target specific issues or explore deeper elements such as our values and purpose in life.

How 1:1 sessions work:

Sessions with Cherie are ideally taken as a series of 6-10 to support your journey of healing, self-discovery, growth, and behavioural change. Teenage years and young adulthood is a special time of discovering more about who you are as a person, your strengths, gifts, what matters to you, and how to make decisions that affect your wellbeing and life direction. This service helps you to navigate your way through emotional difficulty, times of rapid development, changing relationships, and perhaps tough situations you may be facing. Additionally, these years are full of opportunity and learning new self-empowerment skills, which counselling can help you make the most of.

Book in with Cherie contact us through the Contact Page and leave your details so we can call you to follow up. We will have a chat first to ensure these sessions are the right fit for what you need.

Prior to your first session, you will receive your Intake and Orientation Pack, which orients you to all the details you need to know, covers confidentiality, asks you to provide basic information, and asks about your goals for the work. You then receive a Starter Kit to make the most of your program.

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What is a Transpersonal Psychologist? 

Resolving internal conflicts, enhancing consciousness, facilitating self-discovery and actualization – these are all the goals of therapists trained in a field of psychology that takes patients on an interior voyage, a voyage within themselves.

Transpersonal psychologists are the therapists who take patients on this singular voyage using a holistic therapeutic approach aimed at integrating the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of life.

These therapists help patients create a “better self” by guiding them in the therapeutic work that facilitates a more complete understanding of who they are. This process of self-actualization, according to Abraham Maslow, Harvard psychologist and a founder of transpersonal psychology, is “becoming everything that one is capable of becoming.”

A fusion of Eastern, Western, and indigenous philosophical and spiritual thought, transpersonal psychology provides therapists with an extensive palette of therapeutic techniques to achieve their goal of guiding patients toward self-actualization. The appropriate choice of therapies requires the therapist to have a clear diagnostic understanding of how the patient sees himself, the world around him, and his particular life situation.

Assumptions of the transpersonal psychologist

The transpersonal psychologist employs not only standard psychological principles, but also embraces important spiritual assumptions – assumptions which are well outside the scope of standard psychology but which the transpersonal therapist must accept without reservation. These assumptions define the context within which the therapist helps the patient find new perspectives and healing.

The first assumption is that humans are spiritual beings having physical experiences. Spirituality of all descriptions is at the core of transpersonal psychology, requiring that therapists be prepared to treat a diversity of patients without bias, judgment or agenda.

The second assumption is that human consciousness is multidimensional. The basic dimensions of human life are the body, mind and soul. While the idea of the body is straight forward, the mind in transpersonal psychology is thought to have three levels or depths: the conscious mind, the subconscious mind, and the unconscious mind -although some psycho therapeutic approaches combine the subconscious and the unconscious.

The dimension of the soul simply refers to the patient’s spiritual beliefs – whatever they may be. From a therapeutic perspective, the patients’ ‘body-mind-soul’ dimensions hold conflicting information and self-defeating beliefs that need to be accessed and resolved as part of their therapy. This is an integral part of the self-actualization process.

The third assumption is the understanding that humans are capable of transcending their personalities – moving beyond who they are right now – and communicating with their souls. These transcendent experiences are often induced and guided by the therapist using whatever techniques are part of the patient’s spiritual beliefs, such as chanting, drumming, praying or meditating.

Sometimes, patients can achieve a transcendent state on their own. For instance, a patient may reach a transcendent state while painting or writing – and find themselves in a place where forgotten memories surface, wonderful new ideas arise, or inner wisdom resolves long-standing problems.

The fourth assumption is that each human has an internal source of wisdom. Some call it the soul, but many simply consider it to be the part of all humans that is normally not heard above the noise of the world.

Cognitive activities

Transpersonal therapists facilitate deeper experiences and understandings through a process that is positive and constructive, using cognitive activities that often become lifelong tools for their patients.
These tools include long-term practices such as meditation or yoga. They also use hypnosis to move more rapidly into areas that need immediate investigation.

The choice of the appropriate tools depends on the patient and his or her spiritual predilections. A therapist might prescribe meditation, journaling, chanting, drumming, dream interpretation, guided imagery, or prayer. In some cases altered states such as hypnosis might be in order. Or, a therapist might recommend body work such as biofeedback, sensory awareness, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, or Aikido.

Goals of a transpersonal therapist

A transpersonal therapist establishes therapeutic goals for each patient. First and foremost, a therapist must guide the patient toward good mental health. The use of transpersonal experiences to explore spiritual issues within a psychological context enables a more holistic perspective on critical issues, blockages, or conflicts.

Changing behavior. As patients become more aware of the content within their own minds, the therapist helps them focus on – and understand – the dynamics that have fueled experiences. The goal of changing behavior is predicated on understanding the causal factors and setting new directions. The successful resolution of issues such as addictions or phobias is one of the most empowering experiences a patient can have.

Understanding self. Exploring concepts of self and identity under the guidance of the therapist is instrumental in helping patients clarify many self-image issues. This discernment gives patients greater understanding about who they are and who they want to be. The process of embracing and resolving internal conflicts allows patients to be more fully expressive, and feel more fulfilled.

Relationships. As patients begin to change, all relationships come into question. The therapist’s perspective helps the patient understand the dynamics of each relationship including the understanding that the other person is also a spiritual being having a physical experience. Concepts of compassion and forgiveness become more important as patients begin to see people in their lives through different eyes.

Social interaction. Resolving relationship issues between the patient and society is often the next step in psychological maturation, and is especially powerful in changing attitudes. A transpersonal therapist is uniquely skilled in leading patients through dimensional aspects that make them mistakenly think of themselves as separate. The discovery of the true non-duality of existence – that is, the fact that we are all part of the same source – is often a life-changing step.

The coalescence of the all the unique, creative aspects of “self” gives patients new ways of understanding their own lives. The ability to disengage and go within often brings new calmness, reducing stress, creativity, and peace. As the therapist helps patients become more comfortable with transcendent aspects, patients become more centered, more grounded, and more capable.

The experience of the transpersonal therapist is profound. As he or she helps the patient discover the path to self-actualization, the therapist’s commitment to the patient mirrors that path as he or she also makes new discoveries. Exploring transpersonal realms with a patient continually stretches the therapist’s understanding of the ascendant qualities of all men and women, enabling the therapist to also become a better “self.”