What is to give light must endure burning – Viktor Frankl
AccepTTranscend is an expression of the life’s work (so far) of Tam Martin Fowles, a therapist, trainer, group facilitator, writer, activist and designer of
The AccepTTranscend Model for Transformation
Tam’s personal story includes severe mental health crisis in earlier adulthood, the gradual recovery and transcendence of which inspired her subsequent 25+ years as a transpersonal counsellor and hypnotherapist, trainer and group facilitator, project manager, educator, social-entrepreneur and activist.
Recognising early on that certain people transcend even extreme adversity in a way that can positively tranform their lives and world, Tam was inspired to seek the common criteria displayed by such people and explore the possibility that similar transcendence is possible for all.
Tam worked with people from a diverse range of backgrounds, from service-users with emotional, mental and social health issues to survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, former freedom-fighters in South Africa, and refugees and genocide survivors displaced from their various home countries. She discovered a resilience of spirit common to human beings everywhere, but not always immediately accessible. In some it emerges and grows alongside adversity. For others, it needs to be guided, encouraged and nurtured.
Such guidance, encouragement and nurturing are primary aims of the AccepTTranscend Model.
AccepTTranscend is the distillation of Tam’s years of experience and study into a dynamic process for personal and community transformation that has proved effective and sustainable at many levels. She has been successfully guiding others through this process since 2012.
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The AccepTTranscend logo depicts a torii gate. These are most commonly found at the entrance to a Japanese Shinto shrine, and mark the transition from the mundane to the sacred.
The adoption of the torii gate as AccepTTranscend’s logo is intended to honour the survivors of the atomic bombings in Japan, and the strength and resilience of survivors everywhere. It symbolises the AccepTTranscend journey from the mundane state of new acceptance to the sacred transition through Transcendence