Spiritual Psychotherapy Program

Spiritual Psychotherapy Training Program

Spirituak Psychotherapy

The Spiritual Psychotherapy Training Program is an innovative approach to psychotherapy, addressing the needs of the soul and spirit as well as the human experience.

Our Training Program is a competency based and encourages learning from both the intellectual and the experiential. Student learning outcomes are continually assessed ensuring they successfully move through the program gaining greater depth of awareness of their own Self; at the same time building professional and best practice skill set and knowledge of current psychotherapies and techniques.

In addition to psychotherapeutic basics such as building self-esteem and a healthy ego, establishing boundaries and family systems and relational dynamics; we explore beyond ordinary consciousness, acknowledging the miracle of the soul, mystical experiences and multi-dimensional awareness in therapy.

Benefits of this Program

The program is a comprehensive, evidence-based cohesive series of courses interwoven to provide the broadest opportunity for students to explore and learn the myriad modalities, techniques and theoretical foundations.

Transformational Arts recognizes the unique individuality of humans and espouses no singular theory or modality of psychotherapy; it sees the potential of most techniques as tools to assist each person where they are at. 

This program meets the entry to practice competencies curriculum of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) for those contemplating a career and licensure to practice in Ontario.

Most Faculty members are themselves graduates of the Psychotherapy program and are either Registered Psychotherapists (RP) or hold other professional designations and/or titles.

Spiritual values and ethics are interlinked with teachings and classroom experience.

Various states of consciousness are experienced through meditation, focusing, energy work, sound work and prayer as a means of deepening the students’ self-awareness and promoting spiritual growth.

The program is inclusive, diversified, multi-cultural, non-denominational, and not religious. It embraces the Ontario Human Rights Code.

You are encouraged to develop your own belief system which resonates and is meaningful to you.

Our approach produces powerful results and allows the individual to transform at a profound and deep level.

Who is this program for?

This program is ideal for those wanting a private practice in psychotherapy, in holistic clinics or for institutions, agencies and clinics that are government associated.

Many graduates have opened successful private practices. Some work in wellness centres with other holistic and medical professionals. Some work in wellness centres with other holistic and medical professionals. Others work in agencies and mental health institutions. Some have opened successful spiritual centres and facilitate workshops.  Other students have taken these skills and applied them to corporate training, Human Resources or in becoming corporate psychotherapists. 

Program Objectives

  • To provide the student with professional training and skills development, tools and interventions and practical experience through clinical studies and case supervision in psychotherapy 
  • To provide the student with entry-to-practice competency based education as required by CRPO regulation
  • To develop competent, critically thoughtful psychotherapists who integrate theory, competencies and experiential knowledge to accurately assess and help their clients
  • To train psychotherapists to practise ethically, abide by regulations and be ever mindful of diversification and multi-cultural factors
  • To conduct ongoing program/curriculum and instructor evaluations and implement changes based on research, legislation and student/faculty information
  • To provide training and clinical supervision that is outcome-oriented and evidence based
  • To develop the understanding and practice of Safe and Effective Use of Self (SEUS)
Spiritual Psychotherapy Student
Spiritual Psychotherapy Student

Educational Objectives

Multiple learning modalities orient students to embrace collaborative experiences and becoming credentialed psychotherapists utilizing active, experiential, and goal oriented methods: 

• Knowledge and application of theories, competencies, methods, tools and interventions

• Understanding of the psychotherapeutic role and function in treating clients with the highest ethical standards and respect for multi-culturalism & diversity  

• Knowledge and application of methods for observation, assessment, and research

Further training at the College can be taken in Bodies of Inquiry: Body Centred Therapy Certificate Course 


The Title of Psychotherapist and Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

On April 1, 2015 the much anticipated proclamation of the Psychotherapy Act, 2007 occurred, as such the titles of Registered Psychotherapist or Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) now appear with the names of those faculty and other individuals who met registration requirements in this calendar.

Spiritual Psychotherapy Program Year One Level 100 Courses

  • TAC101: Introduction to Psychotherapy
  • TAC102: Addictions and Chemical Dependency/Eating Disorders
  • TAC103: Inner Selves and the Psyche
  • TAC104: Group and Family Psychotherapy
  • TAC105: Human Sexuality and Expression
  • TAC106: Trauma and Clinical Disorders
  • TAC107: The Spiritual Side of Psychotherapy
  • TAC108: Lifestyle Changes and Guided Imagery


Spiritual Psychotherapy Program Year Two Level 200 Courses

  • TAC200: The Cognitive Therapies
  • TAC201: Group Relationships Psychotherapy
  • TAC202: Inquiry and Somatic Psychotherapy
  • TAC203: Diverse and Multicultural Populations
  • TAC204: Group and Family Psychotherapy
  • TAC205: Professional Development
  • TAC206: Individual and Group Clinical Practise and Supervision
  • TAC207: Online Psychopharmacology

Total Hours

Full-time: 1021 hours (includes Spiritual Director hours).

Part time: 890 hours. 

Program Instructors

Gord Riddell, Co-founder

Michelle DesRoches, Sue Diplock,Andrew KunJoanne MorganPauline O'Hanlon and Ken Sullivan: Counsellors and Registered Psychotherapists for the College’s Psychotherapy Clinic and facilitators of Discovering the Total Self Program

Gord Riddell and Kathy Ryndak, Co-founders of Transformational Arts College of Spiritual and Holistic Training and co-creators of the program

Spiritual Psychotherapy Program Start Dates:

Full-time 1-year program:  Mon. Sept. 10, 2018 to Wed. Aug. 15, 2019 with 2 scheduled breaks.  Mon. and Tues. mornings and afternoons, Wed. afternoons and evenings, 4 Thurs. mornings, some scheduled Thurs. full days,  1 Sat., July to mid-Aug.  Wed. afternoons for Case Studies. Includes the Spiritual Psychotherapy, Spiritual Director, Total Self and Case Studies Course.

Following year program starts Sept. 9, 2019.

Part-time 2-year program: Starts Sat. Sept. 15, 2018 or Sept. 14, 2019.
Approximately 1 weekend a month from Sept. to July. Saturdays from 9am to 5pm and Sundays 10am to 5pm. No long weekends.


Students must attend 100% of classes in order to receive a Diploma from Transformational Arts College of Spiritual and Holistic Training. (Make-up classes can be scheduled)
A passing mark of 75% for exams must be obtained. Practicums must also be completed.
This program involves a minimum of 590 hours of study including the Case Studies Course and the hours from the Total Self Program. For the Total Self Program, 75% attendance is required for each module.


  • The basic fee for the part-time program is $7,655 or it can be paid annually (after deposit in Year 1 $3,827.50 and in Year 2 $3,827.50), plus $255 in Administrative and Materials Fee to be split over the two years. A $300 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of application. The Case Studies Course ($1,100) and the 10 Discovering the Total Self modules (at $320 each) are mandatory at an additional fee.
  • The full-time program price of $12,670 plus $255 (for Administrative and Materials Fee) includes basic fee plus the Total Self, Spiritual Director and Case Studies at a cost savings of 15%. A $600 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of application.
  • Tuition tax credits are given for this program and it is HST exempt.   
  • Financial plans are available.
  • Cost for books, therapy hours (if applicable), and Intensives are additional. Psychotherapy Clinic’s reduced fees.
  • Additional cost for the on-line Clinical Psychopharmacology course, including the text book, is $67 US.

To Register:

  • For an information package, schedule, application form and to hold your space, contact Linda Kuschnir at 416-484-0454 ext. 23 or lindak@transformationalarts.com
  • Students must be 18 years of age or older and have completed high school. Mature students of 21 years of age may also apply.
  • As enrollment is limited and waiting lists are common, you are encouraged to register now.
  • All applicants for programs will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on space availability. Once the program reaches maximum capacity applicants are placed on a waiting list. Acceptance into the program is conditional and does require an interview meeting in person or by telephone.
  • An undergraduate degree or Prior Learning Assessment Recognition for Bachelor Degree Equivalency is required for admission to Transformational Arts' Spiritual Psychotherapy Program. As is the case with every other academic or modality based institution, equivalency to an undergraduate degree may be considered for application through PLAR—Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition.


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