Hi, I’m James Scurry, I’m a Mindfulness-based Core Process Psychotherapist accredited with the UK Council for Psychotherapists [UKCP] and the Association of Core Process Psychotherapists [ACPP].
What is Core Process Psychotherapy?
Core Process Psychotherapy is an awareness-based, contemplative approach to psychotherapy which harnesses both ancient eastern, and contemporary western thought on the mind and body.
As the world moves beyond traditional medical approaches to working with mental and emotional distress, Core Process Psychotherapy offers a different way of working with the difficult experiences and feelings that we encounter throughout life.
What happens during a CPP therapy session?
During a therapy session we work slowly and safely with where the body leads us in the present moment. As a somatic (body-based) approach, Core Process Psychotherapy holds the potential to bring about deep and lasting personal transformation. Working with both the mind and the body together helps us to move beyond our personal stories (the things our conscious minds are already aware of) and into the deeper wisdom residing in our unconscious, which is held in the body.
Is Core Process Psychotherapy Buddhist Psychotherapy?
Core Process Psychotherapy is not a psychotherapeutic approach connected to any one religious tradition, although its teachings are greatly informed by Buddhism. I draw on a broad cross section of wisdom spanning many spiritual traditions to help people to reconnect with, and to feel held by, something bigger than just themselves.
A psycho-spiritual perspective to therapy (that’s spiritual with a little ‘s’) means that I help to reorientate my clients back to that which is already whole within them. There are many different ways of languaging this inherent health which lies at the core of our Being, and during the therapeutic process, each individual comes to feel and understand it in their own unique way.
Training, qualifications & experience
A little bit about me
I hold a Master of Core Process Psychotherapy from the internationally renowned Karuna Institute and Middlesex University.
I am also Co-founder of the British mental health initiative www.SafelyHeldSpaces.org and regularly co-facilitate national and international workshops on post-traumatic stress and trauma-affected sleep with the author and lucid dreaming teacher Charlie Morley. I have experience working with veterans, serving military and trauma survivors.
Core Process Psychotherapy is a gentle, compassionate, somatic approach to psychotherapy that combines Buddhist teachings on the mind and body with western psychotherapeutic theories.
A more expanded perspective on life's difficulties
Core Process Psychotherapy begins with the premise that each of us possesses an immutable state of inherent health inside us, and that we all hold the potential to reorient towards that inherent health by embarking on our own personal inner journeys (or processes) of growth and transformation.
The word Core refers to who we really are at the centre of our Being, while the word Process refers to the ongoing unfolding inner journey that leads us to be able to live as our authentic self. If we think about our Core as a brightly polished mirror that reflects back to us an accurate image of who we really are, then the Process part of the journey refers to the work we do to polish the mirror and to remove the tarnish which prevents us from seeing a clear and accurate reflection.
Our ways of responding to the world we live in are greatly informed by our past conditioning and by the things we’ve experienced and needed to respond to as we’ve gone through life. These unconscious processes, reactions, and strategies may have been very important in order for us to cope with the things we had to face, however at a certain point we all outgrow them.
Psychotherapy helps us to bring these patterns, strategies and behaviours into conscious awareness, to examine and understand them, and then ultimately to let them go so that we can cultivate new and more helpful ways of simply 'being', better suited to our current lives.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I specialise in trauma-affected sleep and insomnia.
£70.00 per session
Concessions offered for
The cost of the initial session is £35. During this session you can get a feel for the way in which I work and decide whether or not it feels like the right approach for you. Before meeting in person, I offer a free 10-15 minute telephone consultation.
I grew up in Melbourne in Australia and have a strong connection to nature and to the ocean. Like many people, psychotherapy is a second career for me, which I came to having gone through my own difficult period working as a Senior Television Producer in a busy newsroom for many years. I currently live in West London with my partner and our Hungarian Vizsla,. I am a keen long distance runner.
To find out more about Safely Held Spaces, the mental health initiative I co-founded please visit www.SafelyHeldSpaces.org
My recent papers and publications: The Great Slowdown https://www.compassonline.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/TheGreatSlowdown.pdf