Key Terms

As a Transpersonal coach, I use Psychosynthesis as a guiding framework with my clients. Below are some definitions of key terms:


Transpersonal psychology is a sub-field or "school" of psychology that integrates the spiritual and transcendent aspects of the human experience with the framework of modern psychology. It is also possible to define it as a "spiritual psychology". It uses techniques and tools from a broad range of psychological schools, such as humanistic psychology and Gestalt, as well as practices from Eastern and Western mysticism, philosophy and mythology.

According to the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, "Transpersonal Psychology is a full spectrum psychology that encompasses all of [traditional psychology] and then goes beyond it by adding a serious scholarly interest in the immanent and transcendent dimensions of human experience: exceptional human functioning, experiences, performances and achievements, true genius, the nature and meaning of deep religious and mystical experiences, non-ordinary states of consciousness, and how we might foster the fulfillment of our highest potentials as human beings." Learn more.


Psychosynthesis is a term coined by the psychiatrist Roberto Assagioli in 1910 to describe the natural process of growth of the whole person through both daily manifestation as well as so-called higher purpose. The Psychosynthesis process facilitates an empathic relationship between the client and guide, the discovery of one’s inner empathic, wise voice (most authentic and mature self), and the conscious integration of all parts of one’s personality into a healthier, fulfilled you.

Along with a comprehensive theory and methodology to support access to the authentic self, the theory and practice of Psychosynthesis include the use of the full range of psychological functioning (imagination, thinking, feeling, sensation, impulse & desire and intuition); work with subpersonalities; techniques of imagery, dialogue, journaling, goal setting, cognitive, emotional, and sensory awareness and a commitment to purpose, meaning and values as the path to well being.

The Call of Self, a phrase coined in psychosynthesis, is the center point of work. It is the assumption that each individual has the capacity to tune in, deeply, to a sense of life purpose. Learn more.


Spirituality is a broad concept with room for many perspectives. In general, it includes a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves, and it typically involves a search for meaning in life. As such, it is a universal human experience—something that touches us all. People may describe a spiritual experience as sacred or transcendent or simply a deep sense of aliveness and interconnectedness.