Core Process Psychotherapy
People usually seek out the healing of therapy because they are suffering in some way. Suffering is painful and it is natural to want to avoid it. Many of us develop strategies to bypass difficult feelings. Over time these ‘survival strategies’ may stop working and imprison us in feelings of grief, loneliness, frustration, anxiety, despair, isolation, addiction or numbness.
Suffering can also contain the seeds of wholeness. The process of therapy is to gently bring awareness to what obscures the inherent wholeness at our core.
The invitation is to explore and practice awareness and deepen connection to your authentic presence.
Mindfulness practice has a growing evidence base and is gaining popularity across many fields of psychology.
I trained with the Karuna Institute in a psycho-spiritual therapy called Core Process Psychotherapy which is a depth relational mindfulness therapy that integrates Buddhist psychology and compassion practices, with western psychotherapeutic theory.
‘Karuna’ is the Sanskrit and Pali word which translates as ‘compassion’. My interest as a therapist is around the healing power of compassion.
Whilst some of our work will involve you telling your story; you will also be invited to develop mindful attention and tune into your bodily sensations to explore the moment to moment process of ‘story-making’. This is a gentle encouragement to reconnect to your deeper self, bring spaciousness to the bodymind and develop awareness to how things are from moment to moment.
My approach is holistic and creative, with an intention to support you to develop embodied awareness, explore and release old patterns. This practice encourages you to deepen compassion, spaciousness and authentic presence both to yourself and others.
This is not a quick fix miracle cure, but I can help you to explore your relationships to yourself, others and your experience of the world. Relational awareness helps us to see what keeps us stuck in patterns that no longer work and through awareness, change becomes possible.
Reconnecting to your deeper self in this way can help to loosen usual conditioned reactions or patterns of feeling stuck. Past clients have reported a deepening sense of inner space that creates more choice in how they respond to life, as well as a compassionate and more free relationship to themselves and others.
Each relationship is unique. For some people, our work together is a short journey and for others, it can be a longer voyage. Therapy is not a prescriptive science but rather is dependent on your needs, what you want to explore and achieve in therapy.
All practicing Core Process Psychotherapists are expected to have an ongoing contemplative or meditation practice. This helps sustain awareness and develop a resonant relational field of presence from which to listen and hold clients at depth.