There are moments in life, events, which can challenge our ability to cope. At these times the support of friends or family may not feel sufficient to manage the feelings or be neutral enough to be beneficial. A trained, compassionate therapist can offer uninterrupted, confidential sessions; listening and responding in a safe environment.
Buddhist Psychotherapy Practice integrates Buddhist psychology and mindfulness practice with Western psychotherapy in thinking about human suffering. We all know suffering, whether it be loss, disappointment, dissatisfaction with ourselves, habits, tendencies, relationships. We may feel we have had a difficult life from the earliest moments. It might be hard to be compassionate towards oneself and therefore towards others, so we grow a defensive layer that protects our real nature. We may also glimpse moments of joy, and freedom from unhappiness. Buddhist Psychotherapy holds as a fundamental principle that we are each in our core nature whole and well, but through experiences in relationships throughout our lives we have become unhappy and divided within ourselves so that our sense of well-being is lost, temporarily.
The therapy offered at Calmblue takes the form of an exploration into whatever you, the client, brings; whether it be major life-changes, relationship difficulties or anything that affects your health and well-being.
There are many ways of communicating one's own experience: talking, writing, drawing, silent contemplation. You are encouraged to bring whatever helps you to open to your experience. We will work with any dreams you bring because they occur spontaneously in us and through exploring the images and symbols we can connect aspects of our past, present and future.
We believe that the effect of paying attention to what is experienced moment by moment by client and therapist enables parts of ourselves that have had to be hidden, to be re-discovered, leaving room for deeper resources to emerge. This kind of attention affects all levels of our being; mind, body and spirit.
Length and frequency of sessions
Sessions are usually one hour and would be weekly for an agreed period of six weeks. At this point we would review to see if you wanted to continue for a longer period.
Short term counselling or psychotherapy (6-10 sessions) is suitable for identifying a specific problem or issue and gaining support.
Longer-term counselling or psychotherapy, which may be a year or more, is an opportunity to explore, in depth, your relationship to yourself, to others and to life itself. It is often likened to a journey of discovery about how and why we suffer, and finding a way to access a greater sense of well-being.
Our psychotherapist is happy to have an initial 30-minute conversation at Calmblue to discuss what you are looking for and to answer any questions about their training or how they work. Please ask at Calmblue if you would like them to call you to arrange this.
Payment accepted by cheque or cash. If you need to cancel a booking, please let us know 24 hours before your session to avoid cancellation charges.