Core process psychotherapy belongs to the Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy orientation. As the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) writes, “Humanistic psychotherapy is an approach which tries to do justice to the whole person including mind, body and spirit. It represents a broad range of therapeutic methods. Each method recognises the self-healing capacities of the client. The humanistic psychotherapist works towards an authentic meeting of equals in the therapy relationship.” (UKCP – UK Council for Psychotherapy Colleges and Faculties Statements)
CPP is often characterized as mindfulness- or awareness-based therapy, and referred to as Buddhist psychotherapy. What it means is that it is grounded in western psychotherapeutic theory and Buddhist psychology. CPP pays attention to our relationship with ourselves and others, how we are at any moment, and how to become aware of it. This contemplative, non-violent psychotherapy allows our ‘core’ processes to unfold, and the relationship between therapist and client facilitates uncovering your inherent health, your brilliant sanity – hence ‘innate wisdom’.
For CPP, our potential to be healthy is simply obscured by layers and layers of habits, fears, likes and dislikes which have become entrenched and which we consider to be our ‘character’. Therapist and client engage into a process of enquiry based on mindfulness practice, and healing may occur.