Core Process Psychotherapy is an exploration of how we are in our present experience, and how this expresses the past conditioning and conditions of our lives.
A depth awareness of what is happening in the present moment is used to explore our inner processes. This awareness includes our energies, sensations, feelings, mental processes and their expression in the body.
The aim is not to alter our experience but to sense how we relate to it, so that it becomes possible to move with greater creativity and flexibility in our lives.
Core Process work is based on an understanding that within the conscious mind there is a deeper wisdom that moves naturally towards healing. Integration and freedom come from insight into the ways in which we hold on to our suffering, and from a deeper connection with the openness, compassion and wisdom at the heart of human experience.
Living with anxiety is a natural part of being alive. It is how we respond to anxiety, distress, and emotional difficulty that matters. The approach I work with acknowledges our deep, inherent, natural health, and focuses on what gets in the way of that health. The more we connect to our authentic selves through exploring our inner lives with acceptance and curiosity, the more we are able to work through our emotional difficulties. This brings with it the potential to retrieve what has become lost to us, and notice our new capacity for growth and change.
Areas I work in:
- Anxiety and panic
- Living with authenticity
- Moving from reactivity to openness
- Emotional pain and distress
- Heart Intelligence
- Numbing out and disassociation
- Gender diversity; LGBTQ; sexuality; relationships; identity
I work compassionately, with non-judgement and empathy at the heart of the work, with the deepest respect for the client's sensitivity and deeply personal material. I abide by both the BACP and UKCP code of ethics, which includes client confidentiality.
The therapeutic relationship can offer you a space to be seen and met at depth, where the therapist can mirror and respond to your inner thoughts and feelings, at a meeting point between what is both conscious and unconscious.
This approach is client led, and asks us to deepen into our felt sense of ourselves, and asks us to enquire into what needs our attention. Humanistic counselling acknowledges that the client is the expert of where they need to go in counselling, and the counsellor is there to help the client notice and work with their feelings and distress in a way that feels right for the client.
I am trained and experienced in working in the following areas:
- The felt sense: focusing on noticing our inner life and feelings
- Feeling our feelings
- How the body remembers and holds trauma and stress
- How to meet our shadow
- Split parts of our self Inner child and inner family work
- Buddhist wisdom: self, being and source
- Neuroscientific approaches: polyvagal theory, emotional safety
- Psychodynamic theory: childhood wounds
- Becoming more embodied and less reactive
- Trusting our Inner guide
I am a Humanistic Counsellor and a trainee in Core Process Psychotherapy, a modality that emphasises our inherent health.
"The Core is the centre of our being, and the source of our sense of aliveness, wellbeing, connectedness and compassion." - Maura Sills, Karuna Institute.
We usually come to therapy because we may be locked into ways of being in the world which are not giving us what we need, or involve denying some important part of ourselves. The therapeutic goal is to facilitate awareness of how we create and hold on to these patterns so that a sense of new possibilities begins to emerge – to loosen the hold of the reactive mind and move towards greater creativity.
Training, qualifications & experience
2019: BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist. Registered Member MBACP (Accred).
2016-2020 - MA in Mindfulness Based Core Process Psychotherapy
2015: MBACP - Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
2011-2015 - Foundation Degree in Humanistic Existentialist Counselling - Vale and Glamorgan College
2015: Private Practice, Natural Health Clinic
2013: Counsellor - Mind
2011: Counsellor - Cruse Bereavement
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I work on a weekly basis, at the same time each week for an hour's session.
Currently 1 hour sessions are £35, which is a trainee rate. While I am a fully qualified counsellor, accredited by BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy), I am now working towards UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) qualifications.
If you would like to book an initial session to see what therapy with me would be like for you, please call, text or email. Currently sessions are on Zoom, Whatsapp, or phone call due to the pandemic.
I also plan to be seeing clients face-to-face from September 1st, in Castle Court: week day evenings, Tuesday afternoons, and Friday mornings. It is cleaned twice daily, with spotless facilities, and all surfaces of the room, including chairs, will be cleaned between each client; with a space of half an hour between each client work.