Core process psychotherapy integrates a Western psycho-dynamic approach with a Buddhist understanding that the power of non-judgmental awareness and mindful attention is transformative. Being mindful involves paying attention to what is there in the present moment, leaving judgments and preconceived ideas behind, allowing thoughts to come and go without engaging in conclusions, noticing how everything is constantly changing. By cultivating mindfulness, we extend our awareness to how we live our lives and we begin to see how our past affects our present. Rather than trying to forcefully change things, Core Process Psychotherapy emphasizes how healing and transformation can arise naturally through bringing kindness and compassion to meet difficult experiences. We can explore our feelings and emotions just as they are, free from the judgments of a critical mind. As these healing qualities are experienced, greater space and freedom around issues can naturally emerge. The assumption that there is inherent health at the core of all of us is intrinsic to my work.
I have always had a keen interest in psychology and having had the life-changing experience of psychotherapy myself, I wanted to be able to work with others who were finding life incredibly tough and needing support. I began volunteering with the homeless project in my local community and witnessed the suffering of those who had so little in material assets and who were struggling with their mental health. At a deeper level, I sensed a profound human need for connection that was fundamental to their survival and I could relate to them and meet them in that place. My passion for this work was the catalyst in making the decision to qualify as a psychotherapist.