Buddhist Psychotherapy


Hi My name is Julian Cowan Hill and I’m going
to talk about Buddhist Psychotherapy. This form of psychotherapy is based on a firm Buddhist
foundation working with awareness and suffering. So many of us struggle behind the scenes and
find it very hard just to be with ourselves filling our lives with frantic activity needing
to achieve so that at the end of the day we find it quite hard just to sit with ourselves
and be ok. We need to be constantly engaged in activity to get away from our own difficulty.
Both Buddhism and Psychotherapy help us come to terms with what’s going inside and we start
to unpack our feelings we start to realise that these internal struggles are very often
the very things that are driving us out and making us need to achieve and do other things
instead of just dealing with what’s going on inside. Buddhist Psychotherapy is all about
developing your awareness, what’s going on in your mind. Most of us are still reacting
to past situations. When we meet people we find ourselves becoming afraid and fearful
because we have negative experiences from the past that we are still reacting to in
the present day situation. When we start to become aware of these patterns and look inside
them that’s how we can start to work through them and let go. If we talk about stuff endlessly
we can go round and round in circles and not really get anywhere. But the moment we become
aware of how it’s affect us inside and we get in touch with the body and notice how
we are grieving or feeling really full of rage or holding certain tensions in parts
of the body, if we can really get in touch with the body’s version of this then that’s
when we can really start to let go. YOU CAN’T LET GO OF WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW. So if you feel
into the situations and notice how you are being affected inside then that’s where you
can really start to release. Buddhist Psychotherapy is very much a body-based form of therapy
where we become aware of how we are affected inside, how the body’s responding and how
our energies are changing as we move through different processes. The aim is to come to
terms with the truth, just as it is, accepting things deeply, how we feel inside, finding
our own truths, our own responses to situations, allowing that and letting that be here and
looking inside that and seeing what really matters because each person is different and
we have our triggers and we are activated by various different things from our past
history. When we can work right the way down into the core of our struggle and suffering
we find something extraordinary there. There’s a sense of presence. We find a calmness and
a clarity and an openness and we can start to settle into a deeper sense of self that
feels neutral and which feels very responsive and very vibrant. We can just be and just
feel at ease with ourselves. In many ways Buddhist Psychotherapy helps us move out of
our head and into our heart and into our body and we become much more aware of more subtle
feelings and energies. Its really not analysis. Its not about judging the self or trying to
solve the problems. Its much more to do with accepting deeply and allowing things to be
and let them run their couse so that we can really relax and let go. Buddhist Psychotherapy
is ideal for people who are at a crossroads in their life, they have gone through a big
change, or they are going through some crisis, or they find that they are just not satisfied
or just not quite getting it, and want to deepen into something, want to find a deeper
truth a deeper meaning. Its great for people who are going through a shift in awareness
which can be called SPIRITUAL CRISIS and its also really helpful for people who are struggling
with mental issues or depression or find that they are losing a sense of clarity. Buddhist
Psychotherapy takes place once a week where you set aside an hour to just see what arises.
You enter a process and its really interesting as the weeks go by seeing what unfolds and
looking inside and the process starts to reveal itself to you. From my experience important
changes take place over time and its a long term process. I’m based in London, my clinic
is in Paddington and I AM NOW FULLY ACCREDITED WITH UKCP and I abide by the Karuna Code of
Ethics from the Karuna Institute where I trained in Devon. If you are interested in looking
into this work I offer a free initial session where we can meet and see what your needs
are, see if it seems appropriate for you, and you can give me a ring on 07910 315167.
Thank you. I am fully accredited with UKCP

13 comments

  1. Great video.
    I just finished my training with CCPE. I've heard good things about Karuna. I'm thinking of maybe doing some courses there.

  2. Great idea. Most Western psychologists and psychiatrists seems unaware of the basic relationship of mental suffering to attachment, needs to restructure values in more authentic ways, and the therapeutic values of mindfulness and meditation. Good luck with your approach.

  3. Re: aghoranathi
    "defense mechanism" are neither bad nor good all people have them.
    But to what extent do we rely on them and for what purpose, is the question. This is NOT culture based ie (westerner/materialism) it applies to all humans in all situations such as repressed/oppressed socialistic/communistic societies. Buddhism provides a private sanctuary within to measure reality with.

  4. สวัสดีครับผมคิดว่าพุทธศาาสนาเป็นเรื่องใกล้ตัวของเราและเป็นสิ่งที่ทุกคนเข้าถึงไม่ว่าชนชั้นไหนๆก็สามารถที่จะได้เรียนรู้จักเหตุแก่นธรรมะ

  5. This was the first Buddhist book I read shortly after returning from Japan in 1990. Its one of my most important teachings. I agree people can avoid seeing reality with spiritual bypassing. Psychotherapy is painful and entails seeing things just as they are more and more. Too much reality at once puts people into shock, but bit by bit we can undo our sense of self and realise that everything is just a huge interconnected energetic soup. It can take years to come to terms with our experience.

  6. Very humbling. Clients are teachers that touch your heart deeply and constantly challenge you to open more and more to reality and the big mind. Every day I learn more about what I need to let go of!

  7. Distraction is necessary sometimes as the brutal truth of reality can be overwhelming, but I feel turning towards our own suffering and really unpacking it and accepting how things are is what helps us more to acceptance and peace. It is a tough journey!

  8. It has stopped people from killing themselves. It has helped me find strength I didn't know I had. It has supported me through times of great difficulty. It has helped let parts of me grow up that were never able to because my parents were not available to me. I have helped people come to terms with bereavement and loneliness and uncontainable anger and so on. I have helped people find self-respect and develop an ability to let go and release deeply held struggles. I could go on.

  9. Defences can help us survive and keep off what is unbearable or overwhelming. With increasing awareness and resources we can slowly let go of our defences revealing a very different world, in my experience.

  10. Thank, I like your delivery, and appreciate your ideas. I was never able to absorb the Buddhist ideas until I spent many hours listening to taped lectures of Shinzen Young, who explains almost mathematically the details if the process, so if you come across someone like me, he has free audios & you tubes, tho the lectures are the best. Good luck in your work. Thanks.

  11. Wow! You have truly overcome tinnitus to encourage others. It is the buddha's vow come true. Congrats

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