College - Author 1

College of Liberal Arts

Department - Author 1

Social Sciences Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BA in Sociology



Primary Advisor

Ryan Alaniz, College of Liberal Arts, Social Sciences Department


Building upon the rich literature in the discipline of spiritually transformative experiences (STE) studies, this paper examined the role of psychotherapy in facilitating the integration of STE narratives. STEs are broadly defined as a discrete experience of an altered state of consciousness that brings about a profound transformation in the spiritual identity and life expression of the experiencer (Brook 2017). STEs include near death experiences, mystical experiences, spiritual energy or kundalini awakenings, diverse psychic experiences, and inspired creativity (Kason 1994). Current psychological frameworks, theories, and interventions for STE integration were reviewed. Additionally, one clinician registered with the American Center for Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences (ACISTE) was interviewed to determine the most effective therapeutic approaches with this population . It is hoped that the results of this research will bring awareness to the mental health field about the importance of tailored treatment plans for STEs and highlight the role therapists can play in integrating profound spiritual maturation in these individuals.