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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs & Transpersonal Therapy

If you’ve been considering getting therapy for depression, anxiety, or another mental health condition, you might have noticed how many different types of therapies are available. With the sheer number of options out there, it can be a challenge to find the therapeutic service that works best for your needs.

Here at elevate medical in Flatiron, New York City, board-certified psychiatrist Yung Park, MD, recognizes the importance of the mind-body connection and that treating the whole self is essential to mental wellness. 

Our providers offer a dynamic type of therapy called transpersonal therapy that promotes holistic healing with a multimodal and positive approach.

Learn more from Dr. Park about transpersonal therapy and how it connects to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

Understanding Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

First theorized by psychologist Abraham Maslow in the mid-1900s, the hierarchy of needs is a model of what a person requires to reach full self-actualization. These needs start with the most essential and basic and move to higher needs as the basics are met.

At the lowest levels of the need pyramid, basic physiological requirements must be met, like food and shelter, and then people must feel safe through financial security, health, and social stability. 

When those needs get met, it’s then possible to focus on bonds of belonging, including friendship, love, and community, and feeling respected, having high self-esteem, and status.

At the highest levels of the pyramid are the need for self-actualization and transcendence. Self-actualization focuses on personal growth and meeting one’s highest inner potential.

Once a person reaches self-actualization, they can focus on transcending themselves with altruism, connecting with nature, and having mystical experiences. Transpersonal therapy focuses on helping you fulfill these highest areas of human need.

What is transpersonal therapy?

Transpersonal therapy originated by combining Maslow’s ideas with a therapeutic lens to help you achieve a healthy mind, body, and spirit. Over the years, it’s been further developed by other psychologists into a therapy that fully supports mental health, including treating a variety of psychological conditions.

Unlike many other forms of therapy, transpersonal therapy is highly holistic in its approach. Transpersonal therapy helps you heal and optimize your greatest potential by finding high levels of meaning, being, and healthy functioning in your life.

Transpersonal psychology is a powerful therapeutic modality for people from a variety of backgrounds and needs. The biggest thing you can bring to this therapy is an open mind, honesty, and a desire to grow.

What happens during a transpersonal therapy session?

Transpersonal therapy sessions use a number of different modalities to help you achieve your full potential. These can include mindfulness meditation, music, journaling, dream work, guided visualization, and creating art.

With transpersonal therapy, you learn to access peak and higher-level experiences that help you feel healthier and more balanced as you go about life. Your therapist guides you in being able to access higher levels of consciousness that help lead and support you through life’s challenges.

If you have a mental health condition that is making life difficult, Maslow-guided transpersonal therapy can help you feel better through finding greater purpose and depth in your life. 

To learn more and find out if transpersonal therapy is right for you, make an appointment at elevate medical online or by phone.

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