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Tim Synge, MA, RCST, UKCP | Camden Town, London NW1
Hello there and a warm welcome.
I am Tim Synge, a psychotherapist accredited by the UK Council for Psychotherapy. I offer Core Process Psychotherapy from an established practice in Camden Town, London NW1.
I appreciate how enormous reaching out for help can be, especially when life becomes overwhelming or very uncertain, but my aim is to give you exactly the right support you need at this time in your life.
My profile is designed to tell you a little of who I am, how I work and to address some questions you might have about starting psychotherapy. Please feel free to phone or email me if you would like to know more about me, or to answer any questions you may have about us working together. I offer an initial free consultation, an opportunity for us to meet and explore the kind of help you might be seeking.
Core Process Psychotherapy is an awareness-based approach that combines the insights of Western psychology with the healing power of non-judgemental awareness in the moment, influenced by Buddhist practice and understanding. My commitment to what I do rests in helping clients come to know and experience their own well being and to be present with them during this journey. I work in different ways depending on each person using imagination, felt sense, thoughts, feelings and a deeper spiritual sense of being. Sometimes art or other creative modes may also be introduced in order to help express and process what is being experienced.
Within an environment of respect and warmth, my aim is to honour the uniqueness of your process in a nonjudgemental way and to help you find your own way of working. Practiced within an atmosphere of joint-enquiry and compassion, my approach understands awareness to be intrinsically healing and supportive of our discovering greater choice and freedom in our lives. I see my role to be that of a reflector and facilitator to your increasing awareness, a companion in your process.
From my own experience, I see that the heart of being human is relational in nature. Our wounds nearly always arise in relation to another, and so too does our healing. Whether it be childhood experiences, traumatic events or accidents, suffering is always relational in nature. From personal reflection and my experience in psychotherapy and craniosacral therapy, I am committed to continue to deepen and learn what it means to meet another person in one's own joy and suffering and to continually work on my own ability to be present at greater depths and subtler places.
My main psychotherapy training is in Core Process Psychotherapy, one of the original contemplative approaches to psychotherapy developed at the Karuna Institute in Devon. I trained directly under Maura Sills, the founder of Core Process Psychotherapy. I undertook my clinical training at Homerton Psychiatric Hospital and at the Centre for Better Health, a community-based charity supporting recovery from mental ill-health, both in East London. I hold a Masters in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapeutic Practice from Middlesex University.
Additional specific training includes working with the Arts in psychotherapy, attachment theory, focusing and body psychotherapy. In 2009, I completed my foundation psychotherapy training in Art Therapy and hold a Diploma in the Therapeutic & Educational Application of the Arts from IATE. I have a particular interest in accessing very early experience and resolving mental pain formed in pre-birth and through birth trauma and have worked extensively with pre- and perinatal psychologists and regression specialists.
As a practitioner of craniosacral biodynamics, a profoundly subtle form of bodywork, my psychotherapy practice stands on firm body-based experience. My awareness of what might be occurring subliminally within the relational field when working with clients is honed over many years of practice in this field. My craniosacral therapy training was directly under Franklyn Sills, an early pioneer in the development of a biodynamic understanding and approach to craniosacral therapy, and I qualified as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist at the Karuna Institute in 2011.
- Post-Qualification Masters in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapeutic Practice
- Diploma in the Therapeutic & Educational Application of the Arts
- Practitioners Diploma in Craniosacral Biodynamics
- UKCP — Registered member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy
- ACPP — Registered member of the Association of Core Process Psychotherapists
- CSTA — Registered practitioner with the Craniosacral Therapy Association of the UK
- IABT — Registered practitioner of the International Affiliation of Biodynamic Trainings
I left university with an academic background in business and finance and worked professionally, first for a well-known multi-national, and then in the charitable sector as a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.
In my late-twenties, I went through the seeming misfortune of a life-threatening crisis and a deep contemplation on impermanence, discovering great refuge and insight through Buddhism. For over thirty years I have been a student of Tibetan Buddhism and practitioner of Dzogchen. In 1994, I joined a worldwide organisation presenting the Buddhist tradition of Tibet, under the patronage of the Dalai Lama, living among the lay community and working as International Finance Director both in the UK and in France.
In 2004, I entered a one-year retreat in southern Ireland and underwent a profound personal transformation associated with a spiritual emergency. This experience opened a great curiosity about my own very early experience and set the foundations for my wanting to work with others suffering the effects of trauma.
In 2011, I began providing craniosacral therapy within the NHS, at the Royal Free Hospital, London, working in a specialist HIV / AIDS clinic with patients many of whom were from diverse cultural heritage and often refugees with traumatic histories.
In my psychotherapy practice, as someone drawn to both the spiritual and psychodynamic aspects of our experience, I have seen that the clarity and breadth of the Core Process perspective, deeply informed by Buddhist thought, can bring great meaning and personal transformation for people, especially when life appears to have fallen apart.
In my spare time I enjoy developing my voice and singing in a choir. I enjoy singing baroque music and I am a keen opera spectator. I practice yoga regularly and particularly enjoy Iyengar and vinyasa-flow.
I operate a sliding scale of charges between £60 and £80 for a 60 minute session. The initial meeting is free of charge.
Contact & Location:
Contact me to arrange a free introductory session. I'd be delighted to hear from you.
07800 505 753
My practice is in a small quiet residential street next to Camden Road Overground Station and just north of the Regent’s Canal.
- Camden Town Tube (Northern Line) is 4 minutes walk.
- Camden Road Overground Station is 100 meters.
- Nearby bus stops serve routes 24, 27, 29, 31, 46, 88, 134, 168, 214, 253, 274 & C2.
- By Car: there are usually plenty of pay & display parking bays available.