Many people come to psychotherapy to help them deal with difficulties they are having or to explore complex questions that are weighing them down.
Psychotherapy can help support you with a range of concerns. You could be feeling troubled by something in your life. You could be feeling low or anxious, perhaps from a bereavement, trauma or abuse. You may find it difficult to sustain healthy relationships. You may be experiencing chronic pain, an addiction to something that is doing you harm, or trying to come to terms with a frightening medical diagnosis. You may also hope to understand and love yourself and others better, to become more authentic, to understand the pain of being human, or to seek spiritual fulfilment.
Core Process Psychotherapy can give you space and time to look deeply at what is real and valuable in your life. It can support you to grow into your larger, truer self and bring you to a new freedom.
CPP begins with the assumption that we are all inherently healthy beings; that none of us is an island, separate from the relationships that make us who we are; and that each of us is free and open to change.
In CPP the therapist and client work together in a joint healing process in which an awareness of the body, its feelings, and the states of mind that arise, are used to explore the nature of selfhood and suffering.
The therapist's task is to be as fully present as possible to the client and to themself, and to the relationship between them. The therapist is attuned to the client’s ongoing process, allowing awareness of that process to arise in an atmosphere of safety and trust which permits challenging issues to be faced and embraced.
CPP is one of the original mindfulness-based psychotherapies. It integrates Buddhist sources and western psychological theory and psychotherapeutic practice. It does not ask that the client or the therapist have any particular spiritual affiliation, or that the client learn to practise mindfulness. CPP has been established since the 1980s and is part of the humanistic and integrative college of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
I am able to offer confidential psychotherapy at no fee as part of my preparing for accreditation with UKCP. I will ask you to meet the cost of the room hire for the hour’s session, though, when I return to working face to face. I work on the Wirral and, while the Covid crisis continues, remotely by video. If you choose to work with me, we would meet for an hour-long session regularly once a week. This would give us time to process what has come up in each session and build on it for the next session.
My work is supervised in accordance with the professional and ethical requirements of the Karuna Institute, which is a member organisation of the UKCP.
If you would like to arrange an initial appointment with me, or to discuss the possibility of our working together, please contact me using the contact form at the bottom of this page.
I’m a psychotherapist based in North West, UK pursuing accreditation to full UKCP membership.
I have a Masters’ Degree in Core Process Psychotherapy from the Karuna Institute and Middlesex University and a Diploma in Relational Mindfulness. I took my undergraduate degree in philosophy and practised as a barrister for many years
I became interested in mediation as a way to resolve disputes and became accredited (and later registered) with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution. I have acted as a mediator in very many mediations, and I continue to do so. I have been committed to contemplative practice and inquiry for most of my adult life.
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