I trained in Core Process Psychotherapy at the Karuna Institute in Dartmoor. Core Process Psychotherapy (CPP) is the original Mindfulness based psychotherapy in the UK. Its training is fully accredited with the UKCP and is run as an MA course through affiliation with Middlesex University. It is an integrative psychotherapy that combines Buddhist understanding of the nature of the mind with western psychodynamic theory about individual development.
The word "core" refers to the freedom and joy at the heart of our being. "Process" is about how this may have become obscured by our experiences throughout our lives so far. CPP is an enquiry at depth into our response to these experiences and how they have affected our behaviour and personalities, which in turn affect our connection to our sense of self and to those around us.
Rather than regressing to the past CPP is about allowing and deepening into our present experience in order to see how our past conditioning affects you now. The results of what we have been through can respond to the process of joint enquiry, identification and understanding between therapist and client. Learning to carefully bear feelings and subsequently reflect on them within a supportive relationship can help us move towards a comfortable integration of experiences that may have been traumatic and disorientating. We can then be less governed by their internal effects and allow their limitations to dissolve.
With the consistent safe frame of the therapeutic relationship, we can experience a genuinely different response to what we may have experienced previously. A congruent therapeutic relationship provides an opportunity for us to learn about how we receive the other person and how we are received. We can learn about what it is we are bringing to our relationships; the positive and light and the behaviours derived from our wounding.
Our outer lives can mirror our inner work and bring us new opportunities with the prospect of deep fulfilment from the realisation of our true potential. We can experience greater independence and connection with ourselves and others.