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Transpersonal Psychology Section

All the major spiritual and mystical traditions of the world include teachings about the nature of mind and promote practices and lifestyles intended to bring about psychological transformation.


Human beings frequently have 'transpersonal' experiences in which our awareness expands and intensifies.

Sometimes these occur spontaneously, in the midst of every activities and situations, and outside the context of religion or spirituality.

Transpersonal psychology investigates spiritual practices and experiences, researching their value and their relationship to the models and concepts of psychology.

Transpersonal Psychology Section


Transpersonal Psychology Section



Transpersonal Psychology Review

A collection of papers that make significant and original contributions to the field of transpersonal psychology.

Find out more about Transpersonal Psychology Review

Latest articles - Transpersonal Psychology Review

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Medical anthropology and spiritual activism in education - Transpersonal Psychology Review

Volume: 24 Issue: 1

Author(s): Natalie Tobert

Transpersonal Psychology Section
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Discussion of background reality assumptions differs from insertion of foreground metaphysical explanations - Transpersonal Psychology Review

Volume: 24 Issue: 2

Author(s): Glenn Hartelius

Transpersonal Psychology Section
  • Periodicals

Collaboration as a transpersonal act for the planet: In honouring the life of Dr Alison Clare Whybrow - Transpersonal Psychology Review

Volume: 24 Issue: 1

Author(s): Ho C. Law

Transpersonal Psychology Section
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Perennialism and participation: Why transpersonal psychology needs more than a mystery (A response to Mike Daniels) - Transpersonal Psychology Review

Volume: 24 Issue: 1

Author(s): Steve Taylor

Transpersonal Psychology Section
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Transpersonal psychology as critical/radical psychology - Transpersonal Psychology Review

Volume: 24 Issue: 1

Author(s): Elliot Cohen

Transpersonal Psychology Section


Chair: Elliot Cohen ([email protected])

Past Chair: Steve Taylor

Honorary Treasurer: April Woodward

Honorary Secretary: Charmaine Sonnex

Committee Members

  • Madeleine Castro
  • Alexandra Dent
  • Charmaine Sonnex

Editor of Transpersonal Review: Ho Chung Law


  • Rachel Anderson
  • Hara Willow

PsyPAG Representative: Vacant


Membership of the Transpersonal Psychology Section is only open to members of the British Psychological Society.

If you are not a member, you can join the Section at the same time as applying for membership of the society.

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Benefits of belonging

Benefits of Transpersonal Section Psychology Membership

The section has links with other transpersonal organisations, both nationally and internationally, and encourages lively debate and discussion about transpersonal issues. As a member, you will

  • get reduced rates to all events. 
  • receive a quarterly newsletter, highlighting recent transpersonal research and publications
  • receive our annual publication, The Transpersonal Psychology Review.

The Section holds an annual residential conference involving experiential workshops and academic papers, and offers day events during the course of the year. 

Member Announcement Email List

The Transpersonal Psychology Section uses its membership announcement email list to inform its members of activities and initiatives that are relevant to their interests and to make requests for engagement on topical issues. 

By becoming a member of the Section you are automatically added to the announcement list.

To receive these emails you will need to:

  1. become a member of the Transpersonal Psychology Section
  2. opt into receiving email communication and provide a working email address

These preferences can be updated by logging into your member portal.

If you have any queries, please contact Member Network Services.

To assist us in responding to your query please make sure to include your membership number and quote 'Transpersonal Psychology Section announcement email' in the subject line.

Getting involved with the Transpersonal Psychology Section Committee

The Transpersonal Psychology Section relies on a wide range of people getting involved, and the work of the Section is largely achieved through the dedication of unpaid volunteers.

Our volunteers come from a wide range of different backgrounds, whether they be practitioners or academics, or full members or students members, and together form an open and inclusive community.