DR HELEN GIBSON
Core Process Psychotherapy
UKCP and ACPP accredited
Helensburgh and Lomond area/Dumbarton/Glasgow
tel. no: 07704365847
I trained for 4 years in Core Process Psychotherapy at the Karuna Institute and have a Master's degree in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapeutic Practice. I work privately in Helensburgh and as a volunteer counsellor in Glasgow.
Before becoming a psychotherapist, I worked for 30 years in the NHS, including in A&E and Public Health and understand the particular stresses of working in that environment. I have an MSc in Human and Applied Physiology in extreme environments (including aerospace and submarine).
For the last 10 years I worked as a Consultant Paediatrician in a busy District General Hospital. My work covered general paediatrics, child protection, neonatal intensive and special care and I had a special interest in child development and disability. I remain passionate about how our pre-/perinatal and early experiences continue to impact us throughout our lives.
I have a degree in Humanities and Religious Studies from the Open University and a particular interest in modern expressions of spirituality, which can be positive or challenging. I have had a Buddhist meditation practice for over 10 years and have completed foundation training in Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga). I am also a trained Ignatian spiritual director and have led group and individual retreats.
I enjoy exploring life creatively and imaginally through nature, writing, art and photography.
WHAT IS CORE PROCESS PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Core Process Psychotherapy (CPP) is based on a blend of Eastern philosophy and Western psychology and draws on Buddhist principles of mindfulness and compassion. It is an approach to psychotherapy that emphasises a deep ongoing awareness and curiosity of one's body and mental processes. Therapy is seen as a joint undertaking between the therapist and client, helping clients begin to develop a clearer sense of who they are and helping them to let go of unhelpful habits.
It is based on the assumption that at the core of every human there is an intrinsic state of health, awareness, compassion and wisdom. Over time this has become hidden by the experiences and relationships that shape our personalities and habitual patterns. By becoming aware of these processes, it opens up the possibility of approaching life more flexibly and creatively.
Core Process Psychotherapy is in the Humanistic and Integrative College of UKCP.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FIRST VISIT
The relationship between the therapist and client is very important to the success of the therapy and so I offer a first free appointment so that we can both see whether I am the right therapist for you. If we go ahead, sessions are weekly and last an hour. My standard rate is £50 per hour.
I only see people over the age of 18. I work in person from Helensburgh, covering the surrounding areas (Dumbarton, Lomond side, Garelochhead, Glasgow). I also offer online (Zoom) sessions.
I have regular supervision and follow the Karuna Institute Code of Ethics. I am fully insured and GDPR registered. I am an accredited member of the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the Association of Core Process Psychotherapists (ACPP). I have completed online counselling training approved by National Counselling Society and the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online.