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Gwyn psychotherapy Cardiff
Core Process psychotherapy integrates Eastern Buddhist philosophy and embodied practice with Western psychodynamic techniques in order to help understand personality formation and connect to our innate health.
The client’s difficulties in their lives can be fully explored. Alongside this, the client is also invited to deepen into their awareness of their experiences, known as coming into witness consciousness. In so doing they are further invited to be with and reflect on their felt sense of themselves. This could be staying with their feelings, emotions and sensations and noticing how this is for them, and seeing what can emerge as they deepen into them.
This can also be a deeply creative process as the felt sense may contain within it embodied imagery or metaphors that the client may become further attuned to as they turn towards their inner artist or poet. The client’s material is witnessed by the therapist with sensitivity and respect so that in turn the client can imaginatively enquire into their emotional life with deep sensitivity and respect.
When we stay with our inner distress and become curious about our inner life, we see that we don’t need to defend against it or feel overwhelmed by it. Instead we can notice what it is like to come into relationship with parts of us that we have tried to avoid, and re-evaluate our relationship with these parts so that they can become more integrated into our lives, and we feel more whole.
This approach sees the client as the expert of their inner experience and the therapist helps to facilitate their enquiry into their deep inner connection. The therapeutic relationship is seen as an integral part of this process.
Thich Nhat Hanh says, ‘The wave does not have to look for water. It already is water.’ We are already enlightened, we are already free, and we are also in our own individual struggles as we re-connect to our innate health. This approach believes that at the heart of it, we are already good and free, and the layers we uncover through processing our pain, help us to let go of everything that gets in the way of our innate health. The embodied self naturally knows how to do this when we come into deep contact with our true nature.
Working through our personality formations, and problematic themes in our external and internal lives, helps us to connect and rest in our Being nature. As we sense into our deeper Self, which is our aligned Self, we can become more expansive and aware, and start to understand and let go of defended places that we hold. If we can feel into our more open, undefended Self, and notice how differently we experience ourselves from that perspective, we can start to feel more resolved within ourselves.
It can feel like a relief to name and feel the most uncomfortable and difficult aspects of self that we may have put a lot of energy into defending against. Bringing the shadow of our unowned or exiled parts into the light is a more aware way of choosing what to do with our internal responses and primal feelings without ‘badness’, judgment or disassociation.
Feelings such as desperation, helplessness and shame can feel like the most difficult feelings to stay with. It is easier to pretend they are not there or to understand them as indicating something ‘wrong’ in our lives that we need to ‘fix’. Instead, we can learn to stay with difficulty and allow it to be felt and known inside ourselves. Our inner most pain can surface in order to be resolved and released.
Most people want to feel happy by avoiding pain. This is understandable but can be seen as a human error which keeps people stuck. Turning towards pain and understanding can be seen as a mindful way through human pain. As we develop the capacity to stay with our pain and feel our feelings, even the impossible or unbearable ones, the body seems to understand this, which brings with it its own spaciousness and inner sense of freedom.
Core Process Psychotherapy