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Lucy Skelton

Core Process Psychotherapist

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Type of client

  • Individuals

I have an MA in mindfulness-based psychotherapeutic practice from Middlesex University and the Karuna Institute in Devon. I see clients in a therapy room at my home in Lewes Crescent, Kemptown, Brighton.

I am a humanistic, integrative psychotherapist. I don’t believe in a one size fits all approach to psychotherapy. I believe that psychotherapy demands flexibility to accommodate the uniqueness of each individual and that we all have our own inner wisdom which knows how to find healing on all levels (body, mind and spirit).

At the heart of my practice is a profound trust in the transformational power of the client/therapist relationship. I offer a warm, supportive and non-judgemental space for us to explore whatever is causing pain, suffering, frustration and confusion. I believe that in such a setting we can find clarity, compassion toward ourselves and a deeper understanding of unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviour. It is my hope that through the work we do together you will feel more at peace and at home within yourself.

My professional training is in Core Process Psychotherapy (CPP). CPP is a mindfulness-based approach to therapy and includes not only the mind, but also the role of the body in holding onto habitual patterns of tension. It’s based on the understanding that at the centre of each of us lies the potential to be whole, happy and healthy. The intention of CPP is to help us make contact with our core health, so we can respond more authentically and skilfully to whatever we meet in our lives.

CPP represents a blend of Eastern philosophy and Western psychology. It draws on Buddhist principles and practices, such mindfulness, compassion, and unconditional acceptance, and is guided by the Buddhist view of human suffering and healing. It’s also influenced by Western psychodynamic theories and therapeutic techniques. You do not need to have a spiritual background, belief system or practice to benefit from or undertake CPP.

In CPP there is a focus on bringing awareness to our experience in the present moment. We learn to receive life just as it is, even when difficult or painful, becoming more aware of our moment to moment experience. This in itself is deeply healing and enriching.

Alongside my private practice I work in the psychology department of a hospital, offering psychotherapy to patients, carrying out assessments and supporting the multi disciplinary team.

I grew up in the London and Sydney Australia, and have lived in Brighton since 2000, where my husband and I brought up our two children.

UKCP colleges

  • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC)
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