How I work
Core Process Psychotherapy
Core Process works with body, mind and feelings towards generating a greater sense of wholeness.
It is an established professional relational talking therapy which draws from western psychological and neuro-scientific theory combined with mindfulness and other Buddhist teachings.
It supports you to experience and know yourself and others more fully and with greater clarity. It respects each individual's journey towards healing and offers a confidential space to explore difficulties and open to new possibilities.
In my practice I seek to create a safe and empathetic environment which supports self-awareness and provides a heartfelt and accompanied exploration of the issues you bring.
During the sessions we will work safely and confidentially with feelings, emotions, thoughts and the felt senses. We will develop mindful tools which enable you to notice more clearly how you respond and react to a wide range of life events. We can then work steadily to increase your capacity to pause and reflect and then choose how to respond rather than repeat habitual and often outdated reactions.
With increased awareness of ourselves and the many layers of our past and present experiences we can start to notice and transform our patterns and unresolved issues and over time develop an acceptance of all aspects of ourselves and live more contented and less stressed lives.
I also offer a 90 minute eco-psychotherapy session. This involves being out in nature for all or part of the session.
This would typically incorporate working with the felt senses through walking and reflecting in the rich and varied woods and moorland adjacent to the therapy room.
There would be opportunities to engage and rest with the elements, the different sounds, textures and smells of the land. To witness the unfolding processes of the seasons , birth and death and to touch into the sacred and interdependent nature of being.
Resources provide the ground for us to face suffering and move through difficulty with greater ease. Resources can be emotional, physical, psychological, spiritual or energetic. They are very individual and are an important element of self-care.
When we are more resourced we are more able to stay present and exercise awareness and choice which, in turn, supports a deeper sense of well-being.
Compassion and equanimity
In my experience, compassion supports listening and reduces judgement and pushing beyond our limits. It helps develop self-compassion, relational trust and supports connection with others.
Similarly holding equanimity supports us to be less attached to a fixed outcome or way of thinking. Both support curiosity and witnessing, which enhances our capacity to explore, acknowledge and move through our fears and anxieties .
I utilise mindfulness to support self-inquiry and experiencing a sense of spaciousness even in the middle of desperate feelings. A central theme is exploring catching our habitual behaviours and programmes by listening particularly through the body and felt sense. Our senses, contact and feelings offer the greatest potential to interrupt our driven behaviour because they are more conscious and available.
From a place of awareness, we can slow down cycles of repeated responses and become more aware of how past experiences get played out in the present. When the ‘movie’ is slowed down the volitional power of the self and its history begins to drop, and present experience stands a chance of being witnessed.
I regularly check in with clients and spend time together reflecting how the material and any insights can be brought into everyday life.
I seek to support clients to internalise the therapeutic work and move towards a greater sense of wholeness and belonging.
Supervision is primarily for the safety and benefit of the therapist / counsellor’s clients.
For me, as in therapy, an important and integral element is to seek to establish and maintain a safe and supportive relationship with you as therapist which facilitates you to bring and enquire into challenging issues alongside the good ones!
The supervision I offer includes a focus on safety, safeguarding, ethics and any confusion, conflict, or relational difficulties arising for the client or in the therapist client relationship as well as offering resourcing for the therapist and support for their professional development.
The supervision I am training in is contemplative and relational. My focus is on reflecting and distilling information about the therapist and their client to facilitate a clearer understanding of the associated layers of process. It looks to reveal what is reactive, what is responsive and what is resonant. Our inquiry will reflect on what is present from our heartminds as well as our cognitive minds and to seek to bring greater clarity about underlying issues from the lens of spaciousness and compassion, transference and parallel process.