Spiritual Consultations

Integrating traditional psychotherapeutic practice to aid mind, body, feelings & spirit.
Spiritual Consultations provides spiritual direction, support and counselling for individuals who seek a more spiritual way of life. We advocate holistic and meditative approaches alongside traditional scientific methodology. 

Welcome to Spiritual Consultations

Thank you for visiting Spiritual Consultations. Between us, we have been providing spiritual direction, counselling and support via telephone, email and group work for over 15 years. Please contact us to set up a time and schedule for your first session. Don't know what Spiritual Counselling is? Look under 'What is psycho-spiritual counselling?' 

Professional Spirituality

All of our Spiritual Consultants hold professional qualifications in the practice of Counselling & Psychotherapy amd have undertaken additional professional development in the application of psycho-spiritual support services. We are registered with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and hold professional idemnity for licensed group, face-to-face and online practice.

What is psycho-spiritual counselling?

Nov 20, 2017

Psycho-Spiritual Counselling takes the spirit, rather than the mind, as its starting point of balance. It has an expanded view of life, recognising that the world is a complex mystery and it takes into account belief systems, universal & personal energy systems, intuitive psychic realities, karmic interplay, subconscious and superconscious states of awareness, metaphysical experiences, spiritual theology, spiritual presence and higher-self cosmic connections. 

What is psycho-spiritual counselling?

Mark Borrington

Nov 20, 2017

Psycho-Spiritual Counselling takes the spirit, rather than the mind, as its starting point of balance. It has an
expanded view of life, recognising that the world is a complex mystery and it takes into account belief systems,
universal & personal energy systems, intuitive psychic realities, karmic interplay, subconscious and
superconscious states of awareness, metaphysical experiences, spiritual theology, spiritual presence and
higher-self cosmic connections.

Spiritual Counselling sees that life is innately personal and individuals want to build their own unique, flowing
relationship with it, organically and without force. With the spirit being the starting point individuals come from
the heart, whilst not forgetting their head, and from this heart space they care for the sacred
interdependence of all life. Compassion for self and compassion for others is a core concept for their personal
and collective growth. As Spiritual Counselling is holistic there is no separation, no duality between personal or
collective responses and reaction, all is intrinsically linked. There is awareness that life experiences become the
greatest tool, with the integration of personal pains and personal journey. The aim is for clients to express
themselves and their world with intimate wisdom, spiritual awareness and personal authenticity; using integrity
and wise use of their spiritual gifts, skills and knowledge.

Spiritual counsellors need a cross cultural awareness and an understanding around spiritual emergency and 
other issues of spirituality. They recognise, and are committed to, a spiritual journey in their own lives, and the
lives of others. By focusing on their core inner connection, creating an open heart connection and a mindfulness
state, they create a holding and sacred space for the personal unfoldment of their clients.

In Spiritual Counselling the emphasis is on wholeness, dealing with the whole person, and assisting the client in
inner balance and integration of all the dimensions of self. It is experiential and focuses on the client’s
individual experiences and reality, so the counsellor respecting them as unique assumes that the client’s reality
is different from their own. As each client is seen as an individual the sessions are non-prescriptive and
individually tailored. The counsellor is thus active and creative, responding to the immediate issues brought by
the client. The assumption is that human beings are innately motivated towards achieving their highest
potential of awareness and fulfilment; the counsellor’s role is to support this and trust the client’s process.

The spiritual journey can be blissful and awakening, but also it can be arduous, frightening and lonely. Anyone
can have a spiritual experience, or peak experience, but holistic self-realisation is a different matter. Spiritual
development best occurs at the point when the Ego identity is strong enough to take a little disorientation.
One’s understanding and meaning of one’s lives depend on the presence of Ego. If the Ego is not strong and
does not hold the person in a healthy reality; the spiritual opening then results in fragmentation and crises.
This altered state of consciousness can be catastrophic to the Ego if the individual contacts the lower level of
consciousness rather than the higher level of consciousness. A healthy Ego arises from the healing and
integration of past traumas and of self-realisation/ self-awareness.

Spiritual counselling recognises that the split between psychotherapy and spirituality in the West is a cultural,
not a natural, phenomenon. It takes as its roots Transpersonal Psychology, Spiritual Psychology, Humanistic
Psychology, Psychosynthesis, and Person-Centred Counselling.

What is Transpersonal Psychology?


This form of psychology is perspective based on the reality of a spiritual centre or "self" within each individual, that motivates us and guides us towards wholeness.

As such, it is a synthesis of psychology and spirituality, drawing from many related approaches, both western and eastern. The pioneers of such a perspective include Carl Jung (Individuation), Maslow (Self-Actualisation) and Roberto Assagioli (Psychosynthesis).

Each of us has an individual path to follow, and transpersonal psychology offers a perspective that can include all the dimensions of our being on this journey - mind, body, feelings and spirit.

This creative way of working, that can include using visualisation, imagery and drawing to explore the psyche and the Self, may be found especially helpful by people who are themselves creative or artistic.

Psychosynthesis is a method of psychological development and Self realization for those who refuse to remain the slaves of their own inner phantasms or of external influences, who refuse to submit passively to the play of psychological forces which is going on within them, and who are determined to become the master of their own lives. (Roberto Assagioli)

The Transpersonal Approach to Counselling & Psychotherapy

While many perspectives have emerged in the field of Psychotherapy in the 20th Century it is possible to identify four major viewpoints: the psychoanalytic, the behaviourist, the humanistic and the transpersonal. The transpersonal perspective includes the understanding and methods of the earlier orientations and expands them to include the spiritual dimension of human experience. In doing so transpersonal psychology draws on the world's spiritual traditions and mythologies together with anthropology, art and consciousness research in addition to current psychological theory.

Transpersonal psychology believes that behind the masks, culturally conditioned beliefs and roles of each individual lies a deeper state of being that transcends individual identities, and that the individualised self or persona is only one manifestation of this deeper self.

Transpersonal psychology affirms the concepts of holistic health that all living systems aspire to - biological, psychological, familial and cultural co-exist as a web of interdependent relationships, none being separable from the whole. Thus every action and word has reverberations for others. This theory forms the basis not only for individual responsibility and freedom but also for the family systems approach to counselling and psychotherapy. This perspective also helps us to negotiate the shift from viewing disease from a purely linear perspective, as externally imposed, to a systems perspective that perceives illness as a function of one’s relationships to self and the environment. 


Lead Consultant
Mark Borrington MBACP Reg.

Mark Borrington holds a Sheffield Hallam University Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, an Oxford College Diploma in Child & Adolescent Counselling and has additional training in Transpersonal Psychology. He is a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO). Mark has been a practicising Spiritual Advisor and group facilitator since 2004.

Get in touch with us

We want to hear from you! Please contact us with your questions or comments and we will get back to you as soon as possible. If you are requesting group work or spiritual support, please indicate when you would like to schedule the retreat or spiritual support session.

Contact Details

Chynoweth House, Truro TR4 8UN

01872 672222

support@spiritualconsultations.co.uk