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Why Core Process Psychotherapy?

In turning to face our emotions directly, we may get a glimpse of the fullness of life.
- John Welwood

Core Process Psychotherapists complete an internationally renowned, extensive training programme with the Karuna Institute, based in Bristol. It has its roots in Eastern Buddhist Psychology and Western Psychodynamic theory, and is based on a mindfulness-based approach to therapy; you do not need to be religious to benefit from it.  It is informed by neuroscience, attachment theory and the role of the nervous system in trauma and healing. It is part of the Humanistic and Integrative school of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists (UKCP) and it is a relational and person-centred approach.​


People come to Psychotherapy for a variety of different reasons. Some of the issues that I work with are:

  • Depression including Postnatal Depression (PND)

  • Anxiety

  • Stress

  • Low self esteem

  • Relationship issues

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Anger

  • Bereavement, grief, loss

  • Sexuality

  • Eating Disorders

  • AbuseAdjustments/Transition/Major life changes e.g, motherhood, fatherhood, marriage, divorce, job loss, ill health​


Using mindfulness allows us to notice and become aware of our thoughts and feelings in the present moment, and to drop into the deepest levels of our experience. It helps us to be able to notice familiar patterns of behaving and relating towards others that may have evolved from our past experiences. Most of our wounds come from the past, often in our earliest relationships, and exploring these with a trusted and non judgemental therapist in the here and now can help you to understand more about how you have come to view the world. Psychotherapy can help us to work with areas of 'stuckness' and connect with ourselves and our resources more deeply.​​​​



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