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I am a senior student at the Karuna Institute where I am undertaking a Master’s degree in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy. I am currently working towards accreditation with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) as a Psychotherapist. I am also a fully qualified and accredited Counsellor with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).
I have a background of thirty years in Social Work which has been mostly within the field of Mental Health and related services. I also worked for ten years as an Employee Based Counsellor on a part time freelance basis for local government.
As your psychotherapist my intention is to offer a safe, accepting, and confidential space where you are supported to explore any difficulties and issues that are troubling to you. My practice is held within a non-judgmental and caring relationship, whereby I will help you in finding your own way of working within an environment of mutual trust and respect. Though my approach is informed by Buddhist understanding there is no requirement for you to have, nor to embrace, any understanding of Buddhism or any other religious, philosophical or spiritual outlook.
About Core Process Psychotherapy
Core Process is a Mindfulness-based approach to psychotherapy and involves an exploration of our present experience; when we pay attention to ourselves in the present moment we may become more aware of our feelings, sensations, thoughts and attitudes. With increased awareness we can discover our past conditioning, the impact this has had on our lives, and the limitations we place upon ourselves. Together we will explore how this is for you, and we can look at the deeper reasons behind your concerns and difficulties.
‘Core’ is a term to describe the freedom and joy that lies in the heart of our being. Through certain events in our lives this sense of freedom can become obscured to us, and we can experience feelings of separateness. In Core Process Psychotherapy, by cultivating present moment awareness we can discover how our past experience is affecting our current lives, and how our suffering is maintained by this process. With increased awareness it is possible to bring about change and reclaim a greater sense of freedom and possibility in our lives.
Areas of interest and experience
I am interested in working with a range of life difficulties that we can face, which includes: anxiety, depression, trauma and abuse, life transitions such as leaving home for the first time, changes in career direction, empty nest syndrome, retirement, sudden and life-threatening illness, loss of coping at work, bereavement. I have personal and professional experience of working with dementia sufferers and their carers and I am aware of the challenges people face in this area.
I am also interested in the visual and performing arts and how Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy can assist in the creative process.
About Core Process training.
Core Process Psychotherapy is the original Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy training in the UK. It is fully accredited by UKCP in affiliation with Middlesex University. It integrates Buddhist psychology with Western personality theory and psychotherapeutic skills, which are used to support and expand this understanding.
Core Process Psychotherapy falls within the umbrella of humanistic psychotherapies which is recognised by the UKCP (Humanistic and Integrative College (HIPC).
As a senior trainee student, I shall be embarking upon the fourth and final year of training in September and I will continue beyond that to obtain accreditation with the UK Council for Psychotherapy. I am having regular and ongoing supervision and I abide by the UKCP code of ethics.
UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) trainee membership.
BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) fully accredited and registered membership.
Care Council for Wales -registered Social Worker.
Diploma in Social Work-1989
Diploma in Counselling-1999
Master of Arts in Documentary Photography 2011-Univeristy of Newport.
I offer a free initial meeting where you can bring any questions you may have about the work and talk through what your needs are. This also provides us both with an opportunity to decide whether we can work together or if I am the right therapist for you. You are welcome to contact me to arrange a free initial meeting.
I am currently offering reduced senior trainee rates at the cost of £40.00 for a 60-minute psychotherapy session. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or if you would like to book a session.
I abide by the Karuna Institute Code of Ethics which is available upon request.