Core Process is an integrative form of psychotherapy which
draws on Buddhist and western teachings. As with most forms of psychotherapy,
Core Process Psychotherapy is a one to one form, with privacy, confidentiality, and
client safety being paramount. It is generally but not necessarily
medium to long term it nature.
It's roots are perhaps found to be deepest within Buddhist
teachings, (Dharma). The four
noble truths and many other Buddhist teachings are a tenant of this form of
Core Process is best described as being a contemplative approach to
psychotherapy which draws on and is based within a Dharmic framework.
It's purpose is to look at and work with how we are now, in this
very moment, how
we express past conditioning as feelings, actions and thoughts. In doing this we can
relationship to suffering in order to have a greater and deeper understanding of
relationship with life in the present moment.
The basics behind this therapeutic
approach are that we can connect with
our innate or intrinsic health: We already have everything we need to flourish
as human beings.
You may feel blocked or weighed down by past conditioning or trauma(s) which restrict
engaging with life in the moment. Core Process psychotherapeutic
work can help us to free ourselves from what holds us back. This work can help
develop practical skills for self-listening which will be invaluable
long after the therapy may have stopped.
Core process psychotherapy provides an opportunity to work with the depth of
our existence and explore our own processes which influence and condition both who we are and
how we are in the present moment.
For example, when working with early life
many may consider as regression, Core Process works with this as an experience
in the present moment which is how we are now, a conditioned self. We are all
conditioned by past experiences, both good and bad. By doing this within the
context of the present moment core process brings a deeper awareness and an opportunity to transform this life conditioning and become
our true selves.
As with many psychospiritual forms of psychotherapy, Core
Process Psychotherapy (CPP) looks at both cognitive, energetic, and physical
being, it provides an opportunity to work on the many levels of our existence,
avoiding fixating on particular aspects but encompassing all.
By looking at ourselves from all
aspects we can come to accept, understand, and move on with a deeper understanding of "self".
Perhaps most importantly CPP works
with bringing true awareness to the client, enabling acceptance and
understanding to grow without remaining trapped by past experience.
Letting go of but not loosing suffering in the past, present and future.
On a simple level one may experience
an event as very difficult and painful, yet that same experience could
become a pleasure at another time, from a different perspective, yet we
may perceive the experience as the same.
Although much of it's bases is rooted within Buddhism, it is
not a "religious" form of therapy. It is a balance between cognitive
analytical process informed by Freud, Jung, Pavlov, Winnicott, Perls and many others, as well as the spiritual teachings and philosophies of the east.
The name perhaps best describes its form.
Core - A place of intrinsic health -
The unconditioned self.
Process - The way we are in the moment, how we respond
and react to our world from both our conditioned self and the unconditioned
self, is our process.
Core Process Psychotherapy sessions are generally one hour long
and cost between £35 and £65 per session. There is also pre accreditation body
of Karuna students offering sessions at reduced rates. Core Process Psychotherapist search
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For new clients, it is generally recommend
that there are around 6 initial sessions, at the end of this initial period the
client and therapist review the work and decide whether to work longer-term.
Core process work is most effective when continued for a year or more - Lasting
change usually takes time to achieve and consolidate.
For more information about
Core Process Psychotherapy
contact the Karuna
The Karuna Institute offers professional
training in Core Process Psychotherapy and is a member of UKCP. The Core Process
training is also a MA validated course validated by Middlesex
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