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International Journal of Transpersonal Studies

Abstract

Th is article presents a four-level developmental description of the extent to which clinicians

apply spirituality in therapy. At the fi rst level, clinicians begin to sense dissonance regarding

their traditional, positivist worldview while conducting conventional psychotherapy, especially

in cases involving life-threatening situations or loss. At the second level, clinicians

open up to the possibility of the existence of a metaphysical reality and to spiritual/transpersonal

beliefs expressed by clients. At the third level, clinicians may cautiously contact this

transcendental reality and seek ways to utilize this dimension to access information relevant

to therapy. At the fourth level, clinicians actively engage in implementing transpersonal

interventions aimed at facilitating change and healing. Th ese levels of integration are delineated

along with inherent changes in therapist worldview, perceived professional role, and

relevant dilemmas.

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