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What is core process psychotherapy?

Core Process Psychotherapy

Thich Nhat Hanh

Core Process is Mindfulness based psychotherapy.

​Core Process, is mindfulness-based psychotherapy. It brings together the ancient wisdom of Buddhist philosophy and western psychology. 

In Core Process work, both therapist and client are engaged in a joint 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.

The therapist provides opportunities for deepening embodied awareness and cultivating presence and open-heartedness in relationship. The integration of mindfulness practices with western psychotherapeutic practices is entirely unique. The client is invited to 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.

This type of therapy is not only for people who are interested in Buddhism or are already Buddhists. This is for anyone who is interested in developing compassion for oneself in a deeply held and safe space. This helps the client develop a capacity for contemplative enquiry and the cultivation of embodied awareness.

So how does this work? 

By being mindful, we are able to take a breath and make space for ourselves, and not identify with our problems. Cultivating awareness can be life changing; in the moment, and long term. It allows us to meet the world from a place of health, instead of a place of reaction. Core Process Psychotherapy offers a safe, non- judgemental space, where we can notice past conditioning with compassion. It supports us to act from a more fluid and creative approach to life, and not based on our past experience. This can help with a variety of issues, like depression and anxiety, eating disorders, self-esteem and relationship difficulties. It guides us in discovering who we really are and what our true potential is. 


About Basia

After many years of working as a Craniosacral Therapist, I was humbled by what people brought and the healing that was witnessed. Going through this experience, I wanted to have the ability to support people in a different way. Even though it was not my goal to become a psychotherapist, I wanted to explore more, and was curious about my own processing. I have been receiving core process psychotherapy for many years, and I know that it has helped me through very difficult times in my life. I am very passionate about this type of therapy, and the way it works through our past issues and patterns, by bringing awareness to the present moment. I am happy to be able to offer this to support others, through their own journeys and life challenges, anxieties and difficulties. I offer a warm, non judgemental, confidential space, where one can explore their thoughts and feelings, and cultivate a sense of well being. This is an offering of presence, for whatever may arise, held in a being to being relationship.

I am a UKCP accredited psychotherapist and hold a Masters degree in Psychotherapy from the University of Middlesex and Karuna Institute. 

I am currently offering psychotherapy online, and in person, in Camden, Belgravia and Islington. ​I offer weekly sessions on a regular basis. 

I feel very grateful to be part of peoples life journey and healing process. 



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Basia Avgoustidis 

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