I no longer practice CPP but if you are interested in it, read on and I can always recommend other therapists. Core Process Psychotherapy
Core Process psychotherapy is taught at the Karuna Institute. The standard of training satisfies the criteria for a Masters Degree conferred by Middlesex University.
Karuna is a Buddhist term for compassion. The foundation of Core Process Psychotherapy was inspired by a realisation that the ancient wisdom of Buddhism can enhance the psychotherapeutic approaches of the west in the quest for the relief of human pain and suffering.
Core Process Psychotherapy is based on the premise that, at the core, all human beings have a centre of wholeness and total wellbeing. As we protect ourselves from adverse and potentially harmful life experiences, we become disconnected from this core of our being. CPP offers a way to grow in self-awareness and understanding, to recognise and renegotiate our reactive defence patterns and so to move towards wellbeing with renewed vitality and creativity.
Within the therapeutic relationship, therapist and client enquire into the situations that cause conflict, pain and distress. The enquiry seeks to understand what limits peace and contentment and to discover creative and fulfilling ways of relating and responding to self, family, friends, colleagues and life situations.
The process is client-centred, based on awareness, mindfulness, acceptance and understanding, and holistically engages body, mind and feeling.
Core Process Psychotherapy is compatible with all faiths and none. It does not require affiliation to any particular religious or spiritual system. It simply draws on psychospiritual insights from east and west.
More on awareness, mindfulness and understanding.
Awareness is a tool for understanding and connecting with the whole of ourselves.We are often caught up in thoughts or carried away by feelings. As we identify with our thoughts and feelings we loose sight of the underlying reality. We take ourselves at face value and ignore the substance within. We become fragmented and disconnected from our inner truth.
Mindfulness is a tool for coming to awareness. It is a way for learning to be at peace and accepting our selves as we are, celebrating our strengths, being kind to our weaknesses, seeing the whole picture, coming to understanding.
Understanding opens a doorway to the possibility of change, a potential for seeing ourselves in a different light, for becoming more self accepting and comfortable with ourselves. We discover our inner resources and begin to look at life differently. We come into a new way of relating to who we are and to situations in life. We come to perceive new qualities in ourselves, our work, our families, our friends. A new wholeness comes into view offering us a renewed vitality for sustaining our work, our relationships and our creativity.