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Core Process Psychotherapy
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Core Process Psychotherapy
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Directors

Maura Sills

Maura Sills

Maura Sills is the founder of Core Process Psychotherapy. She was a nun in the Theravadan Buddhist tradition and a District Head Occupational Therapist at the Middlesex Hospital London. She has taught at Stanford University and is an Honorary Fellow of the UK Council of Psychotherapists. She is the mother of two and committed to the relationship with Gaia as a sentient planet.

Franklyn Sills

Franklyn Sills

Having originally studied medical sciences, Franklyn has a long history of study and clinical practice in psychotherapy as well as in craniosacral therapy. Franklyn offers his expertise through lecturing on Buddhist psychology, shock and trauma, object relations, pre-natal and birth psychology. His studies include the neurophysiology of stress and trauma, and he has brought this into the Institute's Trainings. Franklyn lectures in Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy throughout the UK for Confer, a major psychotherapy conference organisation. Franklyn has also helped to develop the integrated paradigm of being and selfhood used in the Core Process training. Franklyn's published books include "Being and Becoming, psychodynamics, Buddhism and the origins of selfhood." Franklyn offers teachings internationally.

Tutors

Cheryl Allen

Cheryl Allen MA

Cheryl has been practicing as a Core Process Psychotherapist since 1996 and has been a staff member at the Karuna Institute since 2000, having taught on all years of the Core Process psychotherapy MA, Kum Nye meditation retreats and two year Kum Nye training. She has also taught in Japan. Her diverse experience has included specialising in working with eating disorders, a variety of mental health issues through the NHS, Social Services, charities and private practice. She is a supervisor, works with couples and has also worked with parents, young people and children. Cheryl lives and works in Cornwall.

Syed Azmatullah

Syed Azmatullah

Azmat originally trained in pharmacology with a focus on trying to understand the mind through neuroscience. He travelled the world helping to develop various medicines within the pharmaceutical industry and on a business trip to Thailand in 1990 he became fascinated with Buddhist approaches to exploring the mind. He pursued this interest initially with the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (now Triratna) in Brighton, Berlin & NYC.
The fusion of eastern & western mind psychologies & philosophies with spiritual contemplation offered by the Karuna Institute felt compelling for my own development. I now find it a joy and a privilege to help share these teachings with fellow travellers on life’s often challenging adventure.

Ken Blythin

Ken Blythin

Ken joined the teaching team in 2016, and has been in private practice as a Core Process Psychotherapist since 2001. From 2008 - 2012 he was chair of ACPP, the professional association for Core Process Psychotherapists. He is a supervisor, and originally qualified as an engineer, and has many years experience of working in industry and commerce. He lives and works in Manchester.

Andy Gibb

Andy Gibb

Andy holds a private practice in Exeter and Exmouth where he has been seeing clients since 2008. Andy has previously worked for social services and more recently in the charitable sector and NHS addiction services. He left the NHS in 2012 to focus on his private practice. Andy continues to work one afternoon each week in Serendipity residential family assessment centre and receives commissions from social services to work with their clients. Andy joined the Karuna teaching team in September 2016.

Deirdre Gordon

Deirdre Gordon

Deirdre Gordon was originally an Occupational Therapist working in the Mental Health field. She worked in this area for 18 years, including working as Head Occupational Therapist in a Secure Unit. She has been associated with the Karuna institute for 30 years and has been teaching Foundations, years 1 to 3, clinical year and supervision training, has been co-teaching in Italy for the last 9 years and is expecting to teach in Spain shortly. Deirdre Gordon has also trained as a Craniosacral Therapist with Franklyn Sills.

John MacFadyen

John MacFadyen

John came to Scotland from Canada in 1973 to work with a voluntary agency supporting children and families with serious historical relationship difficulties. . He entered the Buddhist and meditation path in the mid 1970’s and found the interface between Buddhist Psychology and Western models of relational psychotherapies very rich and enabling for himself and others. John started his training with Karuna in 1991 and accredited in 1998. He went on to do the Karuna supervision courses and since 2001 has been on the staff team, primarily teaching the Karuna Introduction and Foundation courses in Scotland. He also part of the PQMA teaching team for the 2010- 2012 course in Scotland. As a Core Process Psychotherapist and Social Worker John has spent many years working therapeutically with adults, children, young people, couples and families.

Siobhán McGee

Siobhán McGee

Siobhán practices as a Core Process Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Aromatherapist in Bath and Bristol. She currently sits on the Assessment Board for the Humanistic and Integrative College at UKCP.

Siobhan has worked in the field of holistic therapy for over 20 years. As a psychotherapist she works with both individuals and organisations and has an interest in the subtle embodiment of the deep imagination and the healing potential of connection to nature and the land. For the last 15 years she has provided psychological consulting to organisations and taught on aspects of trauma, resilience and wellbeing.
As an Aromatherapist, she worked with people facing life threatening illness and was one of the core tutors for the Diploma in Professional Aromatherapy with The Tisserand Institute, as well as teaching their Subtle Energy module for several years.

Ella Risi

Ella Risi

Ella has trained and worked in psychotherapy and counselling for over 25 years she is a UKCP registered psychotherapist and a member of the BACP (MBACP). Ella’s initial training and work experience was in Cork in Southern Ireland, she moved to the UK in 1989.
Initially, she worked in London in a therapeutic community with individuals with complex needs. During this time, she trained at the Metanoia Institute, developed a private practise and supervised the staff of a number of voluntary sector counselling organisations.
Ella has trained in Gestalt psychotherapy, Systemic approaches and she completed the PQMA in Mindfulness based psychotherapeutic practise at the Karuna Institute in 2016.
She has a private practise in Frome (Somerset) where she works with individuals and couples and she teaches on the Psychotherapy MA at Bath Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre (BCPC). Ella is interested in the integration of Buddhist/Contemplative approaches to psychotherapy with the Dialogic and intersubjective perspectives in Western Psychotherapies. Ella is also a student of the Ridhwan school

Achalavira Rose

Achalavira Rose

Achalavira is a Core Process Psychotherapist and has been in private practice since 2008. He is also a supervisor.He has been an ordained member of the Triratna Buddhist Order for over 20 years. In that time he has enjoyed teaching meditation and Buddhism extensively and has a particular passion for mindfulness in relationship and embodiment.
He also enjoys walking and kayaking in wild places.

Patricia Taddei

Patricia Taddei

Patricia worked in central and local government in administration and communications roles before completing the training at the Institute in 2000 and has been in practice as a Psychotherapist in the Scottish Borders and Edinburgh since then. She discovered yoga in her teens and has followed a lifelong interest in the natural health sciences and contemplative studies. More recently she has become involved in training and facilitating secular mindfulness courses in Scotland. Her work is supported by an ongoing interest in consciousness studies, attending retreats and the practice of mindfulness meditation.

Alyss Thomas

Alyss Thomas

Alyss holds the role of  Academic Support Tutor. Her interests include working with students to foster their individual self-expression within clinical and academic frameworks. Her background includes many years of psychotherapy practice as well as teaching and writing.

Jilly Warrick

Jilly Warrick

Jilly teaches on the clinical year, bringing her passion for contemplative practice to support students as they begin their work as psychotherapists. She also maintains her own practice as supervisor and therapist. Originally trained as a social worker and counsellor, she spent many years combining bringing up her 3 children with working in different therapeutic contexts.

Jonny White

Jonny White

Jonny has been working privately as a Core Process Psychotherapist since 2001. He began teaching at the Karuna Institute in 2008. He has taught on all years of the training and is presently tutor on the PQMA whilst also being the current Chair of the Institute's Management Committee. Before training as a therapist Jonny spent many years travelling the world. He currently lives in Somerset with his family.

Kath Wilmers

Kath Wilmers

Kath has worked as psychotherapist, supervisor and counsellor trainer since 1990. Her first training grew into a profound commitment to the radically challenging nature of the theory and practice of the Person Centred Approach and its vision of the therapist’s embodied, relational presence and the power of deep empathic listening. Running parallel to this, Kath developed her interest in Buddhist psychology and forms of Eastern philosophy and meditation. She committed to a Theravadin mindfulness meditation practice and has benefitted from many kinds of Buddhist teachings and retreats. Kath became curious about the similarities between the psychotherapist’s and the meditator’s ‘practices’, especially with regard to the importance of stillness, silence, openness and awareness. Training in Core Process Psychotherapy with its unique blend of psychotherapeutic and contemplative practice provided the means to integrate these life streams and since 2010 she has worked as a Core Process Psychotherapist and now teaches on the PQMA training. Kath lives in Somerset and maintains a small psychotherapy and supervision practice in Taunton. She enjoys playing with her grandchildren, walking coastal paths and singing in a local community choir.

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