What Happens in Psychotherapy?
People often come to psychotherapy when they realise that something is not working in their lives. This could be as a result of some traumatic event, like a bereavement, accident or relationship breakup, or it could be something that happened in childhood or some time ago but is still having an effect. These things can lead to anxiety, stress and depression. Talking through your story in a safe space can help you work through what has happened and bring healing.
Sometimes psychotherapy can be used for personal growth. Perhaps, people realise that they are not as happy as they want to be and want to explore themselves and what they want from life in a deeper way. This particularly happens at times of transition in our lives, such as leaving home, midlife or retirement. I work in a way that supports you and your preferences and, if appropriate, may bring in my interest in creativity and imagination or my training and experience in spiritual accompaniment.
What is Core Process Psychotherapy?
Core Process Psychotherapy (CPP) is a mindfulness based psychotherapy. It believes that there is an intrinsic state of health in everyone that has become hidden by our problems and habitual patterns. Over time, by slowing down and exploring what is happening, we are more able to touch into this wellness and free ourselves from the thoughts and habits that cause us pain and suffering.
Core Process Psychotherapy is the original mindfulness based psychotherapy in the UK. It 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 £40 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). I also offer online (Zoom) sessions to people in the Helensburgh and Lomond area and Glasgow.
I have regular supervision and follow the Karuna Institute Code of Ethics. I am fully insured and GDPR registered. I am working towards accreditation with the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP) and I am a trainee member of 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.
I have trained for 4 years in Core Process Psychotherapy at the Karuna Institute and have a Master's degree in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapeutic Practice. I am working towards accreditation with UKCP in 2022.
I work privately and as a volunteer counsellor for the Tom Allan Centre in Glasgow.
Before this, I worked in the NHS for 30 years. I was a Consultant Paediatrician before taking early retirement. I enjoy exploring life creatively and imaginally through nature, writing, art and photography. I have had a meditation practice for over 10 years and I am a trained Ignatian spiritual director.