Tim Synge, MA, RCST, UKCP - Core Process Psychotherapist
07800 505 753
I offer an awareness-based approach to psychotherapy called Core Process from an established practice in Camden Town, London NW1. I work with adults of all ages and backgrounds on either a short-term or open-ended basis and have experience of a very diverse range of client issues.
I appreciate how enormous reaching out for help can be, especially when life becomes overwhelming or very uncertain, but my aim is to give you exactly the right support you need at this time in your life.
Core Process Psychotherapy is an awareness-based approach that combines the insights of Western psychology with the healing power of non-judgemental awareness in the moment, influenced by Buddhist practice and understanding.
I work in different ways depending on each person using imagination, felt sense, thoughts, feelings and a deeper spiritual sense of being. Sometimes art or other creative modes may also be introduced in order to help express and process what is being experienced.
Within an environment of respect and warmth, my aim is to honour the uniqueness of your process in a nonjudgemental way and to help you find your own way of working. Practiced within an atmosphere of joint-enquiry and compassion, my approach understands awareness to be intrinsically healing and supportive of our discovering greater choice and freedom in our lives. I see my role to be that of a reflector and facilitator to your increasing awareness, a companion in your process.
Training, qualifications & experience
My main psychotherapy training is in Core Process Psychotherapy, one of the original contemplative approaches to psychotherapy developed at the Karuna Institute in Devon. I trained directly under Maura Sills, the founder of Core Process Psychotherapy. I undertook my clinical training at Homerton Psychiatric Hospital and at the Centre for Better Health, a community-based charity supporting recovery from mental ill-health, both in East London. I hold a Masters in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapeutic Practice from Middlesex University.
Additional specific training includes working with the Arts in psychotherapy, attachment theory, focusing and body psychotherapy. In 2009, I completed my foundation psychotherapy training in Art Therapy and hold a Diploma in the Therapeutic & Educational Application of the Arts from IATE. I have a particular interest in accessing very early experience and resolving mental pain formed in pre-birth and through birth trauma and have worked extensively with pre- and perinatal psychologists and regression specialists.
As a practitioner of craniosacral biodynamics, a profoundly subtle form of bodywork, my psychotherapy practice stands on firm body-based experience. My awareness of what might be occurring subliminally within the relational field when working with clients is honed over many years of practice in this field. My craniosacral therapy training was directly under Franklyn Sills, an early pioneer in the development of a biodynamic understanding and approach to craniosacral therapy, and I qualified as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist at the Karuna Institute in 2011.
- Post-Qualification Masters in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapeutic Practice
- Diploma in the Therapeutic & Educational Application of the Arts
- Practitioners Diploma in Craniosacral Biodynamics
UKCP — Registered member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy
ACPP — Registered member of the Association of Core Process Psychotherapists
CSTA — Registered practitioner with the Craniosacral Therapy Association of the UK
IABT — Registered practitioner of the International Affiliation of Biodynamic Trainings
I left university with an academic background in business and finance and worked professionally, first for a well-known multi-national, and then in the charitable sector as a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.
In my late-twenties, I went through the seeming misfortune of a life-threatening crisis and a deep contemplation on impermanence, discovering great refuge and insight through Buddhism. For over thirty years I have been a student of Tibetan Buddhism and practitioner of Dzogchen. In 1994, I joined a worldwide organisation presenting the Buddhist tradition of Tibet, under the patronage of the Dalai Lama, living among the lay community and working as International Finance Director both in the UK and in France.
In 2004, I entered a one-year retreat in southern Ireland and underwent a profound personal transformation associated with a spiritual emergency. This experience opened a great curiosity about my own very early experience and set the foundations for my wanting to work with others suffering the effects of trauma.
In 2011, I began providing craniosacral therapy within the NHS, at the Royal Free Hospital, London, working in a specialist HIV/AIDS clinic with patients often presenting trauma related conditions from diverse cultural backgrounds and heritage.
In my psychotherapy practice, as someone drawn to both the spiritual and psychodynamic aspects of our experience, I have seen that the clarity and breadth of the Core Process perspective, deeply informed by Buddhist thought, can bring great meaning and personal transformation for people, especially when life appears to have fallen apart.
In my spare time I enjoy developing my voice and singing in a choir. I love singing early English music and I am passionate about opera (as a spectator). I practice yoga regularly and particularly enjoy Iyengar and vinyasa-flow.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- 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
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Acute Panic Disorder
Borderline Parent Survivors
Kink & Fetish
Pre- & Perinatal Trauma
Spiritual Emergency & Emergence
Subtle Body Trauma
I operate a sliding scale of charges between £60 and £80 for a 60 minute session. The initial meeting is free of charge.
Contact & Location:
Please feel free to phone or email me if you would like to know more about me, or to answer any questions you may have about us working together. I offer an initial free consultation, an opportunity for us to meet and explore the kind of help you might be seeking. Alternatively, please visit my website which has more information.
07800 505 753
My practice is in a small quiet residential street next to Camden Road overground station and just north of the Regent’s Canal.
Camden Town tube (Northern Line) is 4 minutes walk.
Camden Road overground is 100 meters.
Nearby bus stops serve routes 24, 27, 29, 31, 46, 88, 134, 168, 214, 253, 274 & C2.
By car: there are usually plenty of pay & display parking bays available.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesday to Friday daytime and evenings
Types of client