How does CPP work?
Everyone who has ever attempted to change knows that willpower and good intentions alone are insufficient. The more we force ourselves to be change, the harder it is to make progress. Even conscious knowledge of what makes you tick is often not enough to bring about real change. Why is this?
Only a small part of profound change, or transformation, is driven by conscious thought. When dealing with deeply engrained patterns in emotions, thoughts and behaviour, the ‘thinking brain’ is not particularly helpful as a change agent. It is much more important to get to know our body’s reactions.
When we use mindfulness as a way of perceiving things, we invite ourselves, with kindness, to explore how our emotions, feelings and thoughts are actually experienced in the body and we gradually learn how to work with this experience to facilitate change.
CPP is mindfulness-based. The process is a collaborative venture for both client and therapist. As a Core Process therapist I won’t tell you what you should be like or how you should improve yourself. Instead I will act as a ‘facilitator’ for your healing process. I will accompany you on your unique journey, during which you may gradually move towards the deepest and oldest layers of your experience, at your own pace. In short, I will assist in bringing your attention to what is happening within you in the present moment.
The present moment is a culmination of all preceding moments of your life and how this has moulded you until now. ‘Mindful’ focusing is an attentive and relaxed way of discovering the roots of your problems. It may provide a clearer image of who you really are and what prevents you from fully being yourself. Directing the attention in this manner to the present moment, can bring you into contact with old suffering and with the habitual defences against pain and loss. There is no need to dig into the past or relive it; we can discover these things by warmly welcoming those emotions, feelings and thoughts that you experience right now. Gradually we will begin to see that old habits and pain loosen their hold, offering instead greater freedom, creativity and flexibility. This is the beginning of healing.