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HOLISTIC & TRANSPERSONAL COUNSELLING
Members of Holistic Therapists Australia employ therapeutic methods that address our human potential for healing and integration on multiple levels. These include the mental, emotional, embodied, social, cultural and spiritual dimensions of our lived experience. In applying these methods, HTA members will establish a therapeutic relationship in which you, as a client, are empowered to utilise your own intuitive knowledge to regulate both the pace and direction of healing.
By the time we enter adolescence, the person we believe ourselves to be is usually based on ideas we have created unconsciously that allow us to meet the expectations placed on us by our family, culture and society. This is all a necessary part of negotiating the early part of life, providing us with a sense of security and direction. But it involves adopting beliefs that conform with the expectations of others, often at the expense of our own unexplored potential. In short, we learn to live in a way that is not our own choosing, and the consequences of this are many and varied throughout adulthood. For example, we may develop deep seated, unjustified beliefs about ourselves, unquestioned and self-defeating assumptions about various aspects of our lives, including our self image, relationships, employment and financial security, poorly adapted ways of relating to others, such as authority figures, colleagues, friends and partners. Overall, this may leave us feeling out of place in one or more aspects of our lives and perhaps unable to respond flexibly to change or new challenges that confront us. We may also be aware, at a deeper level, of feeling inauthentic in some undefinable way.
Often in our everyday lives it is difficult to recognise the stories we have unconsciously created about ourselves. Transpersonal Counselling and Art Therapy utilise approaches that safely bypass defence mechanisms to shine a light on some of the most deeply hidden aspects of the psyche. Here, we may access the memories, perceptions and beliefs that form our personal mythology, discovering elements that were once valid but now get in the way of living a conscious and fulfilling life.
It is possible to unravel these myths by employing talk-therapy techniques, and while HTA members utilise methods that support this process they also have access to a range of holistic practices that can tap into, explore and express the mental and emotional undercurrents that hide beneath the surface of our daily lives. In essence, images arising from the subconscious are given energy, context and meaning either through contemplation or in a creative artistic form. For example, these practices include drawing, painting, sculpting, sandplay, role play, ritual, dreamwork, guided visualisation and meditation, to name a few.
The training undertaken by HTA members is designed to enable students to recognise and heal their own psychological wounding and unconscious patterns. This is an experiential, transformational training that sets up the HTA psychotherapist to facilitate transformational healing processes for clients.
All HTA members have been trained in face-to face classroom situations. We believe this form of training develops the level of self-awareness required for the therapist to work to the required standard of effectiveness and safety. We do not accept those trained predominantly in online courses.