Core Process Psychotherapy, having been established in 1982, is one of the original mindfulness-based psychotherapy training programs. Buddhist psychology and mindfulness practice underpin this work. Teachings are drawn from different Buddhist sources and lineages to create a broad vehicle for the training of psychotherapists, which is integrated with western personality theory, psychodynamics and psychotherapy skills. Our students are drawn from within the United Kingdom, the European Union and from around the world. For more information on being an overseas student please visit the 'About Karuna' page.
This training programme draws on thirty years of experience in offering psychotherapy trainings based on mindfulness practice. Course participants develop the ability to deepen into a state of presence and learn to bring this state of awareness into relationship. Presence-in-relationship then becomes the ground of enquiry into the client's arising process.
In Core Process work both therapist and client are engaged in a joint healing process where an awareness of the body, its feelings and feeling tones, and the content and states of mind that arise, are used to explore the nature of selfhood and suffering. The therapist's essential role is that of reflector and facilitator of awareness. The heart of Core Process work is oriented to the belief that true healing is only possible to the extent that we can be fully present to the immediacy of our inner and outer experience.
Although the principles and fundamental practices underpinning our Training come from Buddhism we are not training people to become Buddhists. We welcome people from all spiritual traditions or none. Our staff team represent a variety of worldviews. What we do seek to imbue through our trainings is a capacity for contemplative enquiry, offering trainees opportunities for the cultivation of embodied awareness and empathetic enquiry in relationship.
Maura Sills is the founder of Core Process Psychotherapy and together with Franklyn Sills she has developed the Core Process Psychotherapy approach for application in various clinical contexts.
This four year MA training offers a pathway into BACP accreditation at the point of graduation. Students can also continue on our clinical pathway and accredit with UKCP as a psychotherapist.
This three year course offers a masters degree in Core Process Psychotherapeutic practice at the point of graduation. Students who wish can continue on our clinical pathway and achieve full accreditation with UKCP as a psychotherapist.