How does Core Process therapy work?
Everyone who has ever attempted to change knows that just willpower and good intentions by themselves are insufficient. The more we force ourselves to be different, the more we actually get stuck. Even conscious knowledge of ‘what makes you tick’ is often not enough to bring about actual change. Why is this?
Only a small part of transformation – profound change or shifting – is brought about by conscious thought. When you’re dealing with deep and old patterns in your emotions, thoughts and behaviour, your ‘thinking brain’ is not of much use when it comes to changing yourself. It’s much more important to get to know your body’s reactions. If you would like to know more about this, click here.
When you’re using mindfulness as a way of perceiving things, it means that you’re inviting yourself in a friendly manner to experience how your emotions, feelings and thoughts can actually be felt in your body.
Core Process therapy is mindfulness-based. For starters, this means that the process is a cooperative venture for both client and therapist. Core Process therapists don’t tell you what you should be like and how you should be improving yourself, but function as a ‘facilitator’ for your process. A Core Process therapist accompanies you on your individual journey, during which you may gradually move towards the deeper and oldest layers of your experiences, at your own pace. In short, this means that you’re assisted in directing your attention at what happens within you in the present moment.
The present moment is always a culmination of what has happened in all preceding moments of your life and how this has moulded you. ‘Mindful’ focusing is an attentive and relaxed way of discovering the roots of your problems. It may provide you with a clearer image of who you really are and what prevents you from fully being yourself. When you direct your attention in this manner in the present moment, you are often brought into contact with old aches and the measures you had to take to shield yourself from loss and pain. You don’t need to dig into your past or relive it for this; you can discover all these things by kindly examining those emotions, feelings and thought that you experience in the present moment. When you gradually learn how to accomplish this, you will notice that the uneasy habits you had developed are starting to let go of you. It is possible that you may feel less influenced by these patterns and you may be able to live in more freedom, with more creativity and flexibility. We call this ‘healing’.