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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.

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.

Mark Drummond

Mark Drummond

Mark began working as a Core Process Psychotherapist in 2000, having come from a background of extensive Buddhist practice and professional theatre. He has worked both privately and within the public sector.  He also works as an actor, director and writer with Earthdrum Theatre. He is married with two children.

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.

Desiree Hansson

Desiree Hansson

Desiree has been a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist and supervisor since the eighties, and has a background in university teaching and research, with a doctorate in the field of social policy. She is also an approved teacher and supervisor in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and is active in teaching public courses, as well as training and supervising teachers. Desiree has worked in the statutory, non-statutory and private sectors in the UK and South Africa, and has a particular commitment to trauma recovery. She maintains a small private practice in Torbay offering psychological assessment, psychotherapy, and supervision.

As a Dharma practitioner she sees her role as enabling people to find their way back to the innate state of well-being that enriches everyday living, makes life's difficulties more manageable, and returns heart to relationship.

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.

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.

Rachael Thomas

Rachael Thomas

Rachael has been practicing as a Core Process Psychotherapist since 2006 in private practice, within the voluntary sector, and with young adults at a University Art College. Prior to this she worked mainly within the voluntary sector, supporting families with young children living in areas of social deprivation. She went on to work therapeutically with parents within children’s centres, including running creative therapeutic groups for mothers experiencing depression following the birth of a baby.
Her commitment to the depth and potentiality of Core Process Psychotherapy, through its encompassment of the psychological and spiritual within a contemplative relational context are what inspired her to teach. She has been involved in running introductory courses in Core Process Psychotherapy since 2011, and joined the MA staff team in 2015.
Other sources of inspiration within her life are being a mother, and her love of nature and the landscapes of Devon where she lives.

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.

Angela Willow

Angela Willow

Angela has been a trainer at the Institute for 20 years, having taught in all years of the training. She is currently enjoying teaching the Post-qualification MA, and continues to be inspired by working at depth on the cusp of the psychological and the spiritual. Previously Angela has also held the roles of Chair of Ethics, Clinical co-ordinator and Chair of the Management Committee. She has a psychotherapy and supervision practice in Totnes, and draws deeply on her experience as a mother and grandmother in her life.

Foundation Tutors

Clare Layton

Clare Layton

Originally training as an Occupational Therapist Clare worked in the Community Mental Health service in East London, including as Head OT. She has also lived in Melbourne, Australia working as a psychotherapist on a Mother and Baby unit.
Clare has over 20 years experience as a Core Process psychotherapist and supervisor.

Alastair McNeilage

Alastair McNeilage

Alastair McNeilage is a Core Process Psychotherapist and Supervisor who has been in private practice in London and Cambridge since 1999. He continues to explore the presence of the sacred as part of the underpinning of all healing. Buddhism and Christianity have, for more than 40 years, been the two main strands of his personal journey. He is a writer and author of The Lost Way, a book about the deeper meaning of the Beatitudes.

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