“The voyage of discovery lies not in finding new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust
Hello and welcome to my profile. My name is Christine Nicholson and I offer Core Process Psychotherapy both online and face to face.
My intention is to use a gentle approach to psychotherapy that explores the possibility of change through the body and the mind. I offer a warm, grounded, respectful, and spacious environment that welcomes all that you bring to each session.
The work aims to support you in developing an understanding of what makes you the person you are and how you respond to life, relationships, and yourself, so to encourage a gentle reconnection to your inner wisdom and freedom.
I passionately believe there is inherent health within each of us and sometimes we unexpectedly lose contact with this inner vitality. By enquiring into new ways of being with difficulty, we can learn to respond to life in a way that includes all our experience. It takes courage to listen to our hearts hopes and dreams and my aim is to support you in this journey of reconnecting to your inner health and wellbeing. Often it is not the destination that is important but what emerges along the journey that we learn the most from.
My intention is to bring compassionate awareness to what is happening in the body to exploring the moment-to-moment experience of sensations, feelings, thoughts, images and memories.
I believe it extremely important to create a trusting and safe therapeutic space where the relationship between client and therapist as being a unique relationship that is at the heart of the work, as we respect each other’s beliefs, values, experiences, choices and hopes. In my experience the client/therapist relationship can be influential in reframing and changing our earliest relationship difficulties. This space offers a place where you can explore whatever you would like to bring and be received and heard non-judgmentally.
Core Process Psychotherapy is a unique practice that blends Buddhist Psychology with western psychotherapeutic theories and body mindfulness enquiry. The origins of Core Process Psychotherapy are humanistic, integrative, transpersonal, and psycho-spiritual in nature which can help us uncover unconscious behaviour patterns and understand our place in the world by listening to the wisdom of the body through awareness of the present moment.
Our core is a quality of being that is already whole, healthy, and liberated. 'Core' refers to the inherent health at the heart of our being which can be expressed as the wise mind within us, and 'Process' is the exploration of how we move towards and away from our suffering by paying attention to that movement as a pathway back to our inherent health.
I am a New Zealander living in the UK since 2005 and have recently moved up to Scotland from Brighton where I have been in full time private practice since 2013. During this time, my work has also included working in a North London charity The Centre for Better Health and at St Catherine’s Hospice in West Sussex.
Prior to embarking on the journey to become a Core Process Psychotherapist, I have over 20 years’ experience working in full time private practice as a Remedial Massage and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist both in New Zealand where I trained and here in the UK.
As my work has evolved over the years I have become particularly interested in how trauma, loss, bereavement, grief, and early attachment issues have been experienced and manifest in the body and relationally throughout our lives.
Over the years I have worked with a range of issues such as trauma from early childhood, injury and accidents and boarding school experiences, post-traumatic stress, stress related issues, ME/chronic fatigue syndrome, life changes, transitions, separations, bereavement, grief, loss, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, identity crisis, life meaning, health issues and fulfilling one’s potential.
Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.