DR HELEN GIBSON
UKCP and ACPP accredited Core Process Psychotherapist
Helensburgh and surrounding areas (Dumbarton/Lomond/Glasgow) and online counselling
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 face to face in Helensburgh and online offering short term counselling and longer term depth psychotherapy.
Before becoming a psychotherapist, I worked for 30 years in the NHS and am acutely aware of the pressures of that environment, both on staff and patients. For the last 10 years I worked as a Consultant Paediatrician in a busy District General Hospital. 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 have a particular interest in how spirituality expresses itself in our lives, whether in a formal tradition or not. 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 Western psychology and Buddhist principles of mindfulness and compassion. It is an approach to psychotherapy that emphasises a deep ongoing awareness and curiosity of our body and mental processes. It is seen as a joint exploration between the therapist and client, helping to develop a clearer sense of who you are and let go of unhelpful habits.
Core Process Psychotherapy has the assumption that at our core there is a state of health and wellbeing. Over time this has become hidden by the difficult experiences and relationships that have shaped us. By becoming aware of these processes, the possibility of approaching life more flexibly and creatively opens up.
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 work with people over the age of 18. I work in person from Helensburgh. 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.