"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change" - Carl Rogers
We may approach psychotherapy and counseling for different reasons at times in our lives when we need a bit of extra support. It may be because we are feeling anxious, angry or depressed, or because we want to understand more about why we feel, think or communicate in the way that we do.
We are all influenced by past experiences and greater awareness of how this continues to affect us can help us accept who we really are and understand how we relate to ourselves and other important people in our lives.
After an initial consultation, sessions are usually scheduled weekly and psychotherapy can be short or long term depending on the nature of what you are looking to accomplish.
For some, an ongoing weekly commitment provides an essential safe space where you can be heard and supported as you learn to cope better with the challenges and feelings you are facing. As we progress, the focus of therapy may move from coping better with specific issues to exploring what it means for you to thrive and find greater fulfillment and joy in your life.
Others may find that a limited number of sessions is enough to provide a breakthrough or a particularly helpful insight into a challenge they are experiencing. As a therapist, one of my aims is to equip my clients with practical approaches, tools or techniques which they can apply themselves and benefit from long after the initial therapy has finished.
CORE PROCESS PSYCHOTHERAPY
Core Process Psychotherapy is the original mindfulness-based psychotherapy in the UK, and is accredited by United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). It is an integrative approach that brings together knowledge from western psychology and neuroscience with understandings from Buddhism, and is one that people can benefit from whether or not they have any spiritual beliefs or interest in Buddhism. Mindfulness practice has a growing evidence base and is gaining popularity across many fields of psychology.
Core Process Psychotherapy is a holistic, embodied approach, and mind and body are understood to be profoundly interconnected. Whilst exploring issues in your life, you will be invited to tune into your body, bringing attention to the sensations, emotions and thoughts that arise, moment by moment. By bringing an open curiosity to how we experience ourselves, we can begin to see things ‘as they are’. Core Process Psychotherapy offers a space in which we can not only deepen our awareness and understanding of what is 'not working' in our lives, but can also begin to experience ourselves and our lives more positively and expansively.