What is Transpersonal Psychotherapy?
Transpersonal/Psychospiritual psychotherapy is similar to regular psychotherapy except that it includes a spiritual dimension as part of the therapeutic process. It views the human psyche as having a central core Self or Soul as the centre of identity, as well as a personal ego. Transpersonal psychotherapists use a variety of therapeutic modalities, to uncover past psychological material that may be affecting the client’s current situation and/or mindset. They do so while maintaining an awareness and inclusion of spiritual insight and experience (both from the client and the therapist) and incorporate this into therapy to help the client heal on a more holistic level – mind, body and spirit.
What are my qualifications?
I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO – www.crpo.ca). I have a BA from the University of Toronto and a Diploma from Sheridan College in Fine Art and Art History. I have a Diploma from the Transformational Arts College in Transpersonal Psychotherapy. I have completed my Level 1 training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Relational Somatic Psychotherapy, and I am currently completing my Level 2 certification in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Relational Somatic Psychotherapy. I have also completed Basic EMDR and Structural dissociation training.
What is my role as a Transpersonal Psychotherapy Intern?
My job is to help a client who is going through a tough time and is looking for some answers and guidance. As a psychotherapist I engage my clients in talk or experiential therapy in order to help improve:
- Quality of life
- Satisfaction in relationships
- Functioning in society
- Performance at work or play
- General health and well-being
- Anger management
- Stress management
- Conflict resolution
- Management of emotional issues
- Self improvement
- Self-confidence and sense of self worth
- Mind, body and soul integration
What does therapy entail?
Therapy varies depending on the client and the therapist. There are various methods and techniques used to deal with problems as they come up. I vary and adapt these methods depending on the personality of the client and the presenting issues. Effective therapy requires active participation and effort from the client in order for the client to get the most out of it. In order to see change, the clients are expected to participate during the session and continue work on the things that are discussed during the sessions on their own.
Psychotherapy has many benefits and some risks. Therapy does involve discussing unpleasant aspects of life and it may bring up unpleasant feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness and helplessness. However, therapy has been known to have many benefits for those who go through the process. It can help change negative thought patterns that may be holding the client back from achieving a goal. It can help resolve childhood issues that may be affecting the client in their adult life. It can improve relationships, help reduce distress, provide solutions to specific situations and improve coping skills. However there are no guarantees as to what the outcome will be, results vary based on the client and their individual experiences.
Therapy involves a large commitment of time, energy and money, and so clients should be careful who they work with. It is important to find a therapist that you feel comfortable with, because the most benefit is obtained in a respectful and trusting relationship between client and therapist.
During the course of a session, I will be collecting information from my clients in the regular course of doing business.
What personal information do I collect and for what purpose?
- Name (required – Record keeping)
- Phone number (required – used for appointment booking/rescheduling/canceling. Will not be used for solicitation unless consent is given by the client)
- e-mail address (optional – used for appointment booking/rescheduling/canceling and news letters if requested by the client)
- Health/medical information (Required)
How do I store this information?
- Name – Recorded in the client file and is double locked in a filing cabinet, and in my confidential electronic contact list. Client’s first name and last initial appear in my agenda and appointment book.
- Phone number – Stored in my confidential electronic contact list.
- E-mail address – Stored in my confidential electronic contact list.
- Health/medical information – All session notes are handwritten and double-locked in a filing cabinet. Any information sent via e-mail that may contain health information will be printed and place in the client file which is double locked. Electronic copies will be destroyed to maintain privacy. If at any point I start to maintain electronic copies, clients will be notified in writing at least 30 days in advance.
Use of personal information for secondary reasons:
- I may offer workshops and seminars through out the year, eitheR self run or in partnership with other industry experts. If client consent is given I will call or e-mail those clients who are interested based on their contact preference. Clients will need to express consent in writing in order to be included in these mailing lists.
Sharing of personal information with third parties:
- The only time client information is shared with third parties is if I am required to do so for legal purposes or if I have written consent from to client to share this information. There are certain situations where I would be required by law to share client information without client permission to medical personal and law enforcement:
- If the client threatens grave bodily harm or death to themselves or someone else.
- If the client reports to me incidents of physical or sexual abuse of a minor child by an adult, or of an elderly or disabled person.
- If the client reports misconduct of a mental health professional I am required to report it to the appropriate College.
- If the client becomes involved in a legal case (child custody, civil suit etc.) I may be required to produce records or testify.
- If I am ordered by the courts to produce records of my files.
How do you get my clients consent?
All clients will be required to sign a consent to treatment form at the start of therapy where they will give me permission to collect their personal information. From then on, that form will cover all future therapy sessions and therefore any information shared in these sessions. If a client contacts me via e-mail, I am assuming they are giving my permission to respond to that same e-mail unless they express otherwise.
How do my clients opt out?
The clients can chose not to give me their e-mail address and all communication can occur over the telephone. As long as the client remains as my client, I will be required to collect their name, telephone number and health/medical information.
Can a client get copies of their information?
If a client requires their files whether for their own needs or to transfer or share with another medical professional, I will need a written request and will be happy to provide those records. A fee will be charged.
For further information around privacy clients can contact the Privacy Commissioner of Canada for assistance.
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Residents of Ontario:
Office of Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
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Phone: (416) 326-0073
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