The cornerstone of this heart-centered contemplative approach to therapy is the assumption that at the core of every human being is an ever-present state of inherent health that is our true nature. It is unsullied by life’s experiences, always there, regardless of the situation we find ourselves in or the events that have shaped our personalities and influenced how we live our lives.
The invitation I offer through the process of psychotherapeutic practice is to reveal and return to that unconditioned core state. As human beings we all suffer, feel pain and periodically struggle in life. It is natural. In Core Process Psychotherapy (CPP) we explore those places together with awareness, and with compassion for what has affected us. It is a journey towards greater happiness and health.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the process of bringing one’s attention to internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment. Scientific studies have shown that it offers support to us in order for us to feel less stressed. It happens as we spend more time in the present moment rather than worrying about the past or feeling anxious about the future.
Mindfulness encourages the quiet observation of habituated thought patterns and emotions, without judgment. By staying in the moment it is possible to interrupt any unproductive tendencies that have shaped our behaviour. Often these are related to our responses to past anxieties, judgments, events, or relationships. Bringing awareness to them, naming them, ‘touching’ them kindly, allows a more spacious and liberated way of living, one that becomes softened by these experiences, enriched by what we can learn as we reclaim ourselves from our suffering.
How does that affect You?
The space in which we meet for our Core Process sessions is created with an awareness of the importance to you of a safe, attentive, heartfelt, deep listening place in which any and all issues can be met. We examine what is occurring in your life with a receptive, moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness. Together we reflect on what is happening for you now. This is mindful attention.
Focusing together, without judgment and with kind eyes, on things that are interfering with the ability to function and enjoy life fully, you can become more aware of how your thought processes, feelings and behaviours are shaping your relationships.
Bringing in how you are feeling right now, helps you step out of painful, difficult patterns and into greater alignment with your personality, life, and your inherent health. It gives us the opportunity to discover what makes life satisfying to you and gives you joy and meaning. It gives you the opportunity to see how you can bring more of this into each day, responding in the present in a way that reflects your true nature.
What can Core Process Psychotherapy offer?
Core Process Psychotherapy helps you identify issues and habitual ways of relating that are presently playing out in your life.
CPP helps you to identify and allow room for your feelings, notice your habitual responses, and consider the full extent of your options. You give yourself space to be with yourself and others in a different way. You give yourself space to change.
Working out what is actually happening for you, being deeply listened to in the telling of your story, can dissolve a lot of tension and distress. Together we reflect on what is troubling you now. For example, some changes in life circumstances can be unexpected and shocking. They may feel too difficult to meet alone. Other issues can be deep rooted and hidden, even from ourselves, requiring sensitive exploration as we open to understand them. Meeting them in a safe place can offer invaluable support, clarity and insight.
Events in the present may remind you of moments from the past. We look at how your once successful patterns and attitudes, created as responses to old challenges and traumas, shaped your life; how they unconsciously influence your choices, and can become so ingrained that they slip out of your awareness while holding you hostage in unhealthy ways. We will meet them with curiosity and compassion.
Some of the Benefits of Core Process Psychotherapy
I believe that our core emanates who we are, even in the face of life’s inevitable challenges, and the strategies we employ in order to survive and thrive.
Together we explore what has happened, and what is happening in your life. You may come feeling fearful, troubled or angry, stressed or anxious; dealing with illness or depression, grief or separation; and issues from the past that affect how you view yourself in the present.
Whatever is holding you back may dissolve. As you meet it, you have the choice to let go of ways in which you have been limiting yourself, allowing a reconnection with the deeper, more satisfying elements of life, elements that reflect more truly who you are at your core, and with those things that bring you pleasure in life.
Issues may include:
- Relationship challenges at home and at work
- Complex or Developmental Trauma
- Eating disorders
- Bereavement, Grief, Loss
- Adjustment/transition difficulties
Contact Sarah and Schedule a Session
Psychotherapy is often an in-depth process. It takes time to build trust in the relationship with your therapist and to become aware of the many subtle elements contributing to thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
I offer an initial phone meeting free of charge so that we can see whether we could work well together. We would then typically start with six sessions to build our relationship, start to explore, and develop a safe holding ground. Each session is an hour long. I work on an open-ended, or short-term basis in private practice in St John’s Wood, London and in Shaftesbury, Dorset.
Please feel free to email or phone me with any questions about CPP and how it might help you.
Phone: 07506 381191
About Sarah Lidsey
I am a Masters Graduate of Core Process Psychotherapy working towards full UKCP accreditation. I bring to my practice nearly 20yrs experience as a qualified practitioner in complementary energy therapies. I have a background in Fine Arts, underpinned by a personal healing journey that has been focused on a path of transformation. My continuing path has its foundation in an appreciation for ancient philosophies, indigenous wisdom, universal dynamics and the growing field of neuroscience.