Cambridge Buddhist Centre

Core Process Psychotherapy ● UKCP-registered psychotherapist ● Penny Maddrell MA

Psychotherapy involves a confidential professional relationship which aims to offer you a safe and welcoming space to explore anything that concerns you. Some things can be easier to bring to therapy than to share with friends or family. It could be difficult experiences you have had as a child or adult, finding it hard to start or maintain relationships, or feeling stuck, unhappy or ill at ease.

Core Process Psychotherapy is informed by Buddhist thinking as well as Western psychology. It can be seen as a joint practice of mindfulness between client and therapist. It is based on the experience that we all have inherent health at our core, whatever patterning, distortions or scar tissue affect the surface layers of our personality. Bringing awareness to our experience in the present moment in the context of a safe relationship can loosen painful or limiting strategies we developed in the past, allowing a move towards greater health and wholeness.

I am registered as a psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, and have an MA in Core Process Psychotherapy after training at the Karuna Institute in Devon. I have been working with clients since 2008.

My practice is in Fulbrooke Road, Cambridge near Barton Road (A603). It is about a 25-minute walk from the centre of town, or a few minutes by car from Junction 12 of the M11.

07982 437375

‘We have ‘Brilliant Sanity”, but we don’t always know it.’
An article by Karen Kissel Wegela, Ph.D., a professor at Naropa University, about "Contemplative Psychotherapy’ which is similar to Core Process Psychotherapy.

‘At Naropa, the integration of Buddhist psychological principles with the practice of psychotherapy is called “Contemplative Psychotherapy”. It's a bit of a misnomer since to "contemplate" means to "think about." Like meditation itself, Contemplative Psychotherapy is about experience: seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, feeling, and recognizing thoughts as thoughts without getting caught up in them. Still, that's our name for what we do.’

Core Process Psychotherapy: Buddhist psychology and mindfulness-based psychotherapy
‘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. […]

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.’

See also Supporting Safe Therapy, a website to improve people's experience of therapy in the UK, developed by therapists, clients and researchers at the University of Sheffield Centre for Psychological Services Research -



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