Anxiety can be seen as a natural part of life.
The various ways in which we try to cope with anxiety can be adding a layer of suffering to our distress.
This can keep us away from our authentic experiences and our relationships with ourselves and others.
Core Process Psychotherapy helps someone to integrate anxiety within themselves.
This form of therapy also understands anxiety as part of our healthy psyche, and that we can start to remove the blocks that are in the way of our core, inherent health. Deep down, the mind is more than its thoughts and emotions, and signifies a freedom: a Core Process Psychotherapy approach aims to help someone discover that the mind is essentially good and has health, underneath all our problems we are ok. We have basic innate goodness, or inherent health.
My name is Gwyn and I have been a practising Humanistic Existential counsellor in Cardiff for the past eight years. I am now in training as a Core Process Psychotherapist and am committed to providing therapy in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment.
I work with individuals on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully.
I am experienced in helping clients who have experienced difficulties with :
- Stress and depression
- Anxiety and panic
- Disassociation, trauma and emotional wounds
- Loss and bereavement, life stages and transitions
- Self-compassion and self-acceptance
- Discovering, freeing and expressing individual potential
My practice is based at the Natural Health Clinic Cardiff in Pontcanna and is within easy reach of Bute Park, Pontcanna village and Chapter Arts Centre.
I offer an empathetic, non-judgmental space to support you as you move through difficulty whether it be emotional pain, anxiety, panic, shame, anger, loneliness or loss.
'Anguish maintains its power only as long as we allow it to intimidate us. If we try to avoid a powerful wave looming above us on the beach, it will send us crashing into the sand and surf. But if we face it head-on and dive right into it, we discover only water.'
- Stephen Batchelor ('Buddhism Without Beliefs')
Core Process Psychotherapy in Cardiff
A Compassionate Approach to Therapy
I am currently training with the Karuna Institute ('Karuna' meaning Compassion) 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.
Avoiding our Emotional Pain
Being with distress and suffering is painful and it is natural to want to avoid it. Many of us develop 'strategies' to bypass difficult feelings. We can, for example, disassociate from our feelings by becoming very calm or 'numbing out', or can 'act out' our anxiety by fixing on and recycling our worries, ruminating or becoming compulsive in one way or another. We may contract around our anxiety and become quite reactive in how we deal with people, situations and difficulties, which can compound our distress. We may have arguments and blame others, rather than own our anger, vulnerability or suffering. These 'survival strategies' can eventually keep us stuck and we can start to believe that that set of behaviours is who we are, as we identify increasingly with these strategies, and become quite fixed around them, which can further shut us down from our inherent health.
Feeling our Feelings
Over time, through becoming more aware of how 'survival strategies' may have formed aspects of our personality, some of which me might like, some of which we might find unlikeable, we can start to go beyond these defence mechanisms, and touch the pain that they 'protect' us from. In facing our emotional pain, rather than avoiding it, we can acknowledge our suffering which also contains the seeds of wholeness. As uncertainty, anxiety, and a level of suffering, can be seen as a natural part of life, in integrating this within ourselves as part of our healthy psyche, we can start to remove the blocks that obscure the inherent wholeness at our core.
Witnessing our Feelings
Naming our feelings and noticing what is happening inside our emotional body can help us to respond creatively rather than react or identify solely with our feelings. Witnessing our feelings means we stay spacious and open to change and deepening into our inner life, rather than contracting around our distress. I think mindfulness teacher Gelong Thusten puts this well: 'we can learn to identify with the part of the mind which observes that emotion; we can discover that the backdrop of all experiences is spacious and free. That awareness is far greater than the pain and suffering we so often find ourselves caught up in.'
Frequently Asked Questions
What are sessions with you like?
Core Process psychotherapy invites you to explore and practice awareness and deepen your connection to your inner emotional life, and your authentic presence. In exploring what is happening for you, and what is arising, there is the possibility of allowing what you may have been pushing out of your awareness, to emerge from the shadows into consciousness, with the hope of integrating this is in a more conscious way, and responding to distress differently.
What can I expect from a therapeutic enquiry?
This is a contemplative practice, which includes a journey of allowing 'split' parts of our self to return to us, as we acknowledge any blocks or other defences at play. A deepening sense of inner space can create more choice in how someone responds to life, as well as a more compassionate and freer relationship to themselves and others.
How does Core Process Psychotherapy help me to change ?
I see change as central to the therapeutic journey, as someone is usually looking for some kind of change, either on the outside or on the inside, which is what brings them to therapy. This is not a 'quick fix', 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.
How important is the therapeutic relationship?
It is very important that you feel comfortable with the therapist that you are working with, and what happens in the therapy room is often a mirror to what happens in someone's relationships in life, both in the past and in the present. A therapeutic relationship offers a new way of looking at old wounds, with the potential for healing and moving through difficulty.
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
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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I work on a weekly basis, at the same time each week for an hour's session. For some people, the therapeutic journey is a short journey while for others it can be longer; and the length of therapy is very much dependent on your needs, and what you want to explore and achieve in therapy. Currently I charge £45 per hour.
Sometimes with the bones of the black sticks left when the fire has gone out
Someone has written something new in the ashes of your life.
You are not leaving. Even as the light fades quickly now,
You are arriving. '
- David Whyte.
'The thing about feelings is that they don't persist. You can spend forever avoiding them But if you actually face them and feel them, then they change. They move on. Remember: emotions have motion. They never stay the same. They only stay the same, painful and overwhelming, while you're feeling them.' - Carolyn Spring (PODS)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Some evenings, some day time availability
Types of client