What is the difference between counselling and therapy?

Therapy is intervention that is intended to relieve suffering. Gurmat is a therapy, as it is designed to address the root cause of human suffering, the unrefined, unhealthy, self-destructive ego-complex.

Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and dependable environment

Counselling and Psychotherapy are often considered to be interchangeable therapies that overlap with each other.

What is the difference between Gurmat therapy and other models?

Gurmat psychology is different from Western, ego-based psychological models in many ways including:-

The Gurmat psychology is a consciousness based approach to human experience. It is profoundly different from the ego-based approaches such as psychotherapy, client-centered psychotherapy, Co-counselling, Cognitive analytic therapy, Cognitive therapy. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) psychoanalysis, ACT and other western models of psychotherapy, all of which work on “ego-fixing” in contrast to Gurmat psychology which addresses the very nature of mind, self and essence of being (consciousness).

No existing ego-based intervention addresses the actualisation of human potential, unlike Gurmat psychology

The Gurmat worldview is significantly different from the materialistic, mechanical and dualistic model of the universe which sees life as an accident;

Gurmat view of whole human health consisting of four levels, mental, physical, emotional and spiritual (transpersonal) health.

Gurmat is based on mind-body connection, unlike the outdated current models that are grounded in dualism (mind body separation)

Gurmat recognizes consciousness as the ground of being, unlike other models which consider the ego as central

Gurmat is consciousness focused in contrast to  other models that are ego focused

In contrast to other models approach to “ego-fixing”, Gurmat recognises the ego-complex as the root of suffering

Gurmat has a sophisticated understanding of the nature of the mind, consciousness, ego-complex and psycho-physiology

The Gurmat approach to the mind is, first and foremost, one of seeing its infinite potential for development.

Gurmat considers the human being as a psycho-spiritual continuum

Gurmat recognising the body and mind as self-healing systems

Gurmat offers a practical approach to cultivation of healthy ego, before providing a sophisticated model for transpersonal development and growth

Gurmat goes beyond the ego-complex towards consciousness, while other models are embedded in the ego-complex

Western psychology, including other models are concerned with understanding and influencing behaviour, and  personality, while Gurmat is concerned with subjective transformation expressed as cultivated positive psychological states .

Gurmat is awareness based approach (Right or correct-Mindfulness), unlike behaviour and mental content manipulation approaches such as CBT

Gurmat encompasses the growth and development of human potential beyond ego development and ego-fixation.

Gurmat provides a comprehensive and tested approach to human development through far reaching understanding of Existence, human potential and practical processes including correct-mindfulness, transcendental meditation practices & activities designed to help transcend ego-centric based activities.

At a psychological level, these experiential practices and teachings transform worldview, enable the cultivation of positive emotions of contentment, mental tranquillity, compassion, self-compassion, gratitude, refined intellect, expressed through ethical and self-aware behaviour.

Who would benefit from Gurmat Therapy?

Everyone! Both individuals who would like to actualise their human potential, and those who wish to overcome barriers to their wellbeing, be it depression, anxiety, stress or related issues.

The Gurmat worldview is pan-human, it addresses both the capacity of unleashing human potential and the roots of mental, emotional or existential suffering, which each and every human being is prone to, irrespective of religion, race, beliefs or cultures. The Gurmat Psychotherapy is designed to reflect the universality core of begin human.

What qualifications do i need for Gurmat psycho-spiritual therapist program?

Gurmat psychology is consciousness based approach to being human. The program includes both theoretical and experiential processes to enable individuals to understand and apply their leanring in everyday life.

The Gurmat therapy program is ideally suited to graduates and post graduates. However, individuals without degrees but with relevant prior learning and experience will be considered

According to the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, “Counselling is not a statutorily regulated profession which means the title of ‘counsellor’ is not protected by law. However, there are recognised benchmarks for practitioner training set by the professional bodies and awarding bodies which are associated with entry to practitioner registers and with opportunities for employment.