Mindfulness-based psychotherapy is a way of coming into relationship with experience in our lives. Life can feel too much, not enough, or bring any manner of difficulties. Justin provides a space in which everything is welcome to be shared, ones difficulties and troubles, as well as the deep space of health.
Justin practices Core Process Psychotherapy (CPP), which was founded at the Karuna Institute in Devon in 1982 as one of the first systems of psychotherapy to integrate mindfulness practice into the work. The Core Process model integrates both the expertise gained from the research and experience carried out in Western psychology and psychotherapy, and the experience and wisdom of the two and a half thousand year old tradition of Buddhism from the East. This is not a ‘religious’ therapy. It is open to all, and takes a non-religious form. At the same time, it applies the wisdom that, more fundamental than any of our troubles, is our inherent health, our timeless pure nature. This attunes the therapist to qualities of compassion, loving-kindness and the presence of mind to welcome both comfort and discomfort equally.
The term ‘Equal Taste’ refers to a twelfth century Tibetan spiritual teaching – to welcome the easy and the difficult within us, equally. While aiming for health by ending our suffering, this teaching actually asks us to welcome our so-called ‘negative emotions’ – the painful or uncomfortable sides we might prefer to avoid. This may sound like a paradox. But the aim of the teaching is to let us see that much of our problem may not be so much ‘what is arising’, but ‘how we are’ with what is arising. In this way, the difficulties we have, become our allies in our path to health.
Therapy, then, is to enable this to unfold in a safe, held environment. In time, we may gradually allow ourselves to face what we have buried, what may be weighing upon us, or what we may be struggling to come to terms with.
Justin’s role as therapist is not to analyse or judge in any way, but to welcome, and gently guide and support, with awareness, this process of coming into a more open and friendly relationship with oneself.
For information on Justin’s psychotherapy practice in Richmond, London, see here.
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