Core Process Psychotherapy & Counselling
Core Process Psychotherapy (CPP) supports us to bring greater awareness, intelligence and compassion to life. Life happens and it is full of changes; some change we welcome and some we do not. CPP is a mindfulness-based approach that can enable us to meet our fluctuating life circumstances with more awareness, discernment and responsiveness. The practice of mindfulness was established over 2,500 years ago as part of the Buddhist tradition and has clarity, balance and wisdom at its heart. It is not necessary to have any connection to Buddhist practice to engage in this work.
Through this process of embodied self-inquiry we listen more deeply to ourselves; we see that it is possible for the inner conflicts to cease as we pay attention to ourselves with kindness and curiosity. What gets revealed are our habitual ways of thinking and behaving and the current expression of this in our life. When these habit patterns remain unexplored they unconsciously influence our choices, our ways of relating and how we engage in life. Without realising it we limit what we feel is possible. We may also realise that we are not our thoughts, or the beliefs we hold. New ways of seeing and relating become possible when we bring mindful attention to our body, heart and mind in the moment, and dwell in thresholds of possibility.
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful
than the risk it took to blossom. Anais Nin
Psychotherapy & Counselling outside
All that is explored during a session inside can be worked with outside. Typically sessions happen as we walk, listen, talk and sit in nature. Being mindful of our feet walking upon the earth increases our direct experience of embodiment, of being here; and the breadth of resources and support available to us in each moment. Moving the body through walking and becoming aware of the breath connects us to an inner stillness from which fresh insights can unfurl.
Nature expresses in cycles, day and night, the seasons, the waxing and waning of the moon; as part of nature our life moves in cycles. With open awareness we can see our self and our life reflected back to us without judgement or criticism. Through experiencing ourselves in this way and the falling away of constricted patterns of thinking, new internal landscapes begin to emerge that are more spacious, discerning and wise.
Core Process sessions last for 1 hour and usually happen on a weekly basis. I work with individuals and couples and the work can be short to long term. The initial session is an opportunity to ask questions and to say what you would like from coming to therapy. Confidentiality is important and we will discuss this during the initial session. I have been engaged with mindfulness practices since 1997, and since 2002 I have worked with mindfulness with groups and individuals.
The holding field I provide is one of acceptance, respect and compassion, honouring our diversity and the uniqueness of each individual’s journey. What you explore may feel unresolved or challenging and may include;
- Anxiety and depression
- Eating disorders
- Living with serious illness and bereavement
- Ecological concerns
- Transitions, moving into a different phase of life