What is Core Process Psychotherapy?

Core Process Psychotherapy is a type of talking therapy founded, developed and taught by the Karuna Institute. Recognised by the UKCP, therapists trained in this therapeutic form are accredited by the ACCP, which is a member organisation of the Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College. 

Core Process Psychotherapy is based on the principles of Buddhist psychology and mindfulness meditation blended with ‘Western’ psychology. It is a holistic approach to therapy that aims to help individuals explore and understand the habitual patterns, beliefs, and emotions that underlie their psychological and emotional difficulties.

At the core of this therapy is the belief that each person has an innate capacity for healing and growth. The therapist works with the client to help them cultivate a greater awareness and understanding of their inner experience, including thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and unconscious patterns.

Through mindfulness and the creation of a safe, non-judgmental space, the therapist helps the client develop a more compassionate and accepting relationship with themselves, which can lead to greater self-awareness, self-acceptance, and a deeper sense of connection with others.

Overall, it is a gentle and respectful approach to therapy that can help individuals improve their mental health and move towards greater wholeness, authenticity, and emotional well-being.

How is core process psychotherapy different to other types of therapy or counselling?

Core Process Psychotherapy is a type of therapy that emphasizes the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit. It aims to help individuals understand and work through deep-seated patterns and issues that may be rooted in their early experiences or cultural conditioning.

One of the key differences between core process psychotherapy and other types of therapy or counselling is its focus on mindfulness and meditation as a means of exploring one’s inner world. Core process practitioners believe that by cultivating greater awareness and presence, clients can gain insight into their emotional and psychological patterns and learn to make more conscious choices.

Another important aspect of this therapy is its emphasis on the relationship between the therapist and the client. It is through this relationship, a safe and supportive space is created. The therapist is seen as a facilitator rather than an expert or authority figure. The therapist’s role is to help clients explore their inner world and support them in their process of self-discovery and growth. 

And how is it Similar?

Core Process Psychotherapy shares some similarities with other types of therapy. It is grounded in a person-centred approach, which means that the therapist places the client at the centre of the therapy process. Other therapies like humanistic therapy and existential therapy also emphasize the importance of the client-therapist relationship and the client’s self-exploration.

It incorporates mindfulness-based techniques such as meditation and body awareness into the therapy process. Other therapies like Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) also utilize mindfulness techniques to help clients develop greater awareness and acceptance of their thoughts and feelings.

In summary, Core Process Psychotherapy is a type of therapy that focuses on exploring and understanding the underlying processes that shape our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Whilst it is grounded in Buddhist ideas and psychology, it is not necessary to be a Buddhist to gain insight and benefit from core process psychotherapy. It can be a highly effective way to address emotional issues and promote long-term growth and healing for anyone. If you are struggling with emotional difficulties and are looking for a way to improve your well-being, you may want to consider giving core process psychotherapy a try.


1. https://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/organisations/association-of-core-process-psychotherapists/
2. https://karunainstitute.co.uk/2022/09/01/resting-into-being-an-exploration-into-mindfulness/
3. Sills, F. (2009) Being and Becoming: Psychodynamics, Buddhism, and the Origin of Selfhood. North Atlantic Books