Core Process Psychotherapist
Hello there and a warm welcome.
I am Tim Synge, a psychotherapist accredited by the UK Council for Psychotherapy. I offer an awareness-based approach to psychotherapy called Core Process from an established practice in Camden Town, London NW1.
I appreciate how enormous reaching out for help can be, especially when life becomes overwhelming or very uncertain, but my aim is to give you exactly the right support you need at this time in your life.
My website is designed to tell you a little of who I am, how I work and to address some questions you might have about starting psychotherapy. Please feel free to phone or email if you would like to know more about me, or to answer any questions you may have about us working together. I offer an initial free consultation, an opportunity for us to meet and explore the kind of help you might be seeking.
Discovering our natural health
We may come to psychotherapy simply with the desire to grow in awareness and to know how our 'habitual ways of being' obscure our natural health, spontaneity and aliveness.
Often people come to psychotherapy because they recognise that they’re unhappy, that something’s not right and that they could do with some help and guidance. Sometimes the reasons behind our feelings of fear or a lack of confidence are clear — a bereavement perhaps, a failing relationship or difficulties at work. At other times we might not be able to pinpoint an exact cause behind an ambiguous sense of dissatisfaction and agitation.
Some of us may experience low self-esteem, hopelessness, depression, a lack of motivation or a loss of purpose or meaning. We may be suffering from trauma-related conditions, a persistent state of anxiety, dissociation, feelings of being overwhelmed or shame. It may be an experience of marginalisation because of our gender, sexuality, erotic or relationship diversity that brings us to therapy.
The heart of being human is relational in nature. Our wounds nearly always arise in relation to another, and so too does our healing. Alone it is easy to stay stuck, but working together it may become easier to let go of deeply held issues. Hidden parts of you may emerge, leading to a more complete and authentic approach to life. This is transformational work that is both challenging and rewarding, and can provide you with strength to meet life’s struggles, rather than turn away.
Our actual experience with whatever arises in the moment is the foundation of meaningful psychotherapy. It is the doorway to self-acceptance and authentic change, in which we become liberated from unnecessary suffering, through courageously learning to experience ourselves exactly as we are, here and now.
What is Core Process Psychotherapy?
Core Process Psychotherapy is an awareness-based approach that combines the insights of Western psychology with the healing power of non-judgemental awareness in the moment, influenced by Buddhist practice and understanding.
Our actual experience in the present moment becomes a means to self-acceptance and authentic change, in which we explore how we are in this experience and how it expresses our past conditioning. The approach aims to increase awareness of the way we think, feel, respond to others and all the events in our lives. From a Core Process Psychotherapy point of view, our essence is inherently healthy, but our awareness of this health is often obscured. Practically speaking, it is not a question of trying to get rid of anything, but rather of continually resting in the uninterrupted flow of experience, which gives rise to the freedom from pain.
Habitual ways of thinking, seeing and relating, cause us to hold onto how we have always been, unconsciously repeating patterns, attitudes and ways of relating, causing us to close down and narrowing our perceived options in life. From here we lose touch with our natural health.
In Core Process Psychotherapy, we notice how we hold on to our past experiences in the present moment. In developing our awareness in this way we find the wisdom to discriminate between the habit of thoughts and actions that entrap us and those that can free us.
Interested in starting psychotherapy?
Please feel free to make contact directly by phone or email, without obligation, if you would like to know more about me, or to answer any questions you may have about psychotherapy and whether it might be right for you at the present time.
From here we can arrange an initial meeting, an opportunity for us to meet and explore the kind of help you might be seeking. The initial free consultation is an opportunity to ask me questions and I would share information about myself if requested and if it was helpful to you. It is important to choose a therapist you can work with and trust. The better the relationship between you and your therapist, the more you are likely to benefit from psychotherapy.
If you decide you would like to continue, we would mutually agree on the details. The work usually takes place for one hour each week, for an agreed initial period to give you the opportunity to experience its nature. At the end of this period, we will review the work and decide whether and how to proceed longer-term.
My commitment to what I do rests in helping clients come to know and experience their own wellbeing and to be present with them during this journey. I work in different ways depending on each person using imagination, felt sense, thoughts, feelings and a deeper spiritual sense of being. Sometimes art or other creative modes may also be introduced in order to help express and process what is being experienced.
From my own experience, I see that the heart of being human is relational in nature. Our wounds nearly always arise in relation to another, and so too does our healing. Whether it be childhood experiences, traumatic events or accidents, suffering is always relational in nature. From personal reflection and my experience in psychotherapy and craniosacral therapy, I am committed to continue to deepen and learn what it means to meet another person in one’s own joy and suffering and to continually work on my own ability to be present at greater depths and subtler places.
My main psychotherapy training is in Core Process Psychotherapy, one of the original contemplative approaches to psychotherapy developed at the Karuna Institute in Devon. I trained directly under Maura Sills, the founder of Core Process Psychotherapy. I undertook my clinical training at Homerton Psychiatric Hospital and at the Centre for Better Health, a community-based charity supporting recovery from mental ill-health, both in East London. I hold a Masters in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapeutic Practice from Middlesex University.
Additional specific training includes working with the Arts in psychotherapy, attachment theory, focusing and body psychotherapy. In 2009, I completed my foundation psychotherapy training in Art Therapy and hold a Diploma in the Therapeutic & Educational Application of the Arts from IATE. I have a particular interest in accessing very early experience and resolving mental pain formed in pre-birth and through birth trauma and have worked extensively with pre- and perinatal psychologists and regression specialists.
As a practitioner of Craniosacral Biodynamics, a profoundly subtle form of bodywork, my psychotherapy practice stands on firm body-based experience. My awareness of what might be occurring subliminally within the relational field when working with clients is honed over many years of practice in this field. My craniosacral therapy training was directly under Franklyn Sills, an early pioneer in the development of a biodynamic understanding and approach to craniosacral therapy, and I qualified as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist at the Karuna Institute.
Qualifications & Accreditations
Master of Arts in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapeutic Practice
Diploma in the Therapeutic & Educational Application of the Arts
Practitioners Diploma in Craniosacral Biodynamics
UKCP — Registered member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy
ACPP — Registered member of the Association of Core Process Psychotherapists
CSTA — Registered practitioner with the Craniosacral Therapy Association of the UK
IABT — Registered practitioner of the International Affiliation of Biodynamic Trainings
I left university with an academic background in business and finance and worked professionally, first for a well-known multi-national, and then in the charitable sector as a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.
In my late-twenties, I went through the seeming misfortune of a life-threatening crisis and a deep contemplation on impermanence, discovering great refuge and insight through Buddhism. For over thirty years I have been a student of Tibetan Buddhism and practitioner of Dzogchen. In 1994, I joined a worldwide organisation presenting the Buddhist tradition of Tibet, under the patronage of the Dalai Lama, living among the lay community and working as International Finance Director both in the UK and in France.
In 2004, I entered a one-year retreat in southern Ireland and underwent a profound personal transformation associated with a spiritual emergency. This experience opened a great curiosity about my own very early experience and set the foundations for my wanting to work with others suffering the effects of trauma.
In 2011, I began providing craniosacral therapy within the NHS, at the Royal Free Hospital, London, working in a specialist HIV/AIDS clinic with patients many of whom were from diverse cultural heritage and often refugees with traumatic histories.
In my psychotherapy practice, as someone drawn to both the spiritual and psychodynamic aspects of our experience, I have seen that the clarity and breadth of the Core Process perspective, deeply informed by Buddhist thought, can bring great meaning and personal transformation for people, especially when life appears to have fallen apart.
In my spare time I enjoy developing my voice and singing in a choir. I enjoy singing baroque music and I am a keen opera spectator. I practice yoga regularly and particularly enjoy Iyengar and vinyasa-flow.
Contact & Location
Contact me to arrange a free introductory session, I'd be delighted to hear from you.
12 Bonny Street
Bonny Street, NW1 is a small quiet residential street next to Camden Road Overground Station and just north of the Regent’s Canal.
Camden Town Tube (Northern Line) is 4 minutes walk.
Camden Road Overground Station is 100 meters.
Nearby bus stops serve routes 24, 27, 29, 31, 46, 88, 134, 168, 214, 253, 274 & C2.
By Car: there are usually plenty of pay & display parking bays available in Bonny Street which is not in the congestion zone.