Core Process Psychotherapy
My main training is in Core Process Psychotherapy, which is an integrative approach combining mindfulness with understandings drawn from developmental and depth psychology.
Perhaps the most important benefit of good psychotherapy is that over time and with practice you learn to become your own 'therapist'. In other words, your relationship to yourself changes for the better. You may become more able to befriend your experience, even when that experience is difficult. This may equip you to deal in ways that feel better to you with life's ups and downs.
Sessions are usually once a week, for 50 minutes, at the same time and on the same day.
Sessions are offered at the Bloomsbury Therapy Centre and in Stoke Newington , London N16.
Background and Influences
My professional training is in Core Process Psychotherapy. Influences on my work include Buddhism, Focusing, Jungian and psychoanalytical understandings, artwork and imaginal/dreamwork practice, all of which form part of my personal experience. Sessions are mainly around me listening to you, reflecting and talking with you, attending to what might be implicit, offering reflections and invitations to explore more deeply. In this process you can be empowered to sense and find your own way forward.
From Buddhism comes an awareness that we are always changing: we are a process rather than a fixed 'thing'. So creative change is always possible - though we may also need to recognise and accept existential limits as well as apparently unchanging aspects of our character, and the constraints imposed by our culture and life circumstances - and learn to work creatively within those.
From Focusing comes a trust in the body-mind's wisdom. Trusting and following the 'felt sense' may move us forward quite naturally in the direction that is right for us.
From artwork, imaginal and dreamwork practice comes a trust in the depths of the psyche, which - in dialogue with conscious awareness - can bring us towards more creative living.
Jungian ideas and practice provide helpful maps and metaphors, and means of navigation for all of this. The ancient stories and myths of all cultures, as Jung discovered, can still offer us huge resources.
During a session we may work with awareness in the moment, dreams, artwork, Focusing - and this does not exclude a solution-focused, pragmatic exploration of the issues. In this way you can gain insight, perspective and self-acceptance and be supported and encouraged to take whatever steps you may need to take to follow your own path.