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Mindfulness-Based Core Process Therapy
Professional Training


This training brings together the practice of Mindfulness Meditation with Mindfulness-Based Core Process Therapy to assist both therapists and their clients to be fully present, from moment to moment, with their experience. Accessing, and staying with, the core processes (thinking, feeling, moving, external sensing, and internal sensing) allows us to explore the core material which shapes our lives. Thus, the body becomes a door that can be opened to reveal the whole character and belief system of the individual. Core Process Therapy is a powerful way of accessing and transforming limiting beliefs and behaviours. Through self-study in experiential exercises and mindfulness meditation, students on the training have the opportunity to look deeply at their core beliefs and core schemas to help them be more compassionate, fully present and skilful in their practice of psychotherapy and assist their clients to do the same in their lives.

Features of the training: Body-Centred, Experiential, Process-Focussed

•  Cultivation of a personal practice of mindfulness meditation;

•  Exploration of the developmental sequence through the following themes:

•  Safety and Belonging
•  Needs and Longing
•  Separating and Differentiating
•  Will, Power and Control
•  Becoming Authentic
•  Being and Doing
•  Love and Sexuality

•  The four foundations of mindfulness meditation and core processes;

•  Use of mindfulness in psychotherapy;

•  Development of a mindful and compassionate therapeutic presence;

•  The practice of non-violent communication;

•  Assisted Meditation as a bridge to psychotherapy;

•  Developmental and Traumatic wounds, and Developmental Trauma;

•  Processing at Somatic, Emotional and Cognitive levels;

•  Management of arousal to reduce overwhelm, differentiate the core processes, facilitate processing, and discover meaning;

•  Application in working with anxiety, depression, anger, trauma and chronic pain.

Developmental and Traumatic Wounds

Through self-study in meditation practice and experiential work on the training, students will have the tools to better understand themselves as well as their clients' processes. Because early developmental wounds can be considered developmental trauma there will also be an opportunity for learning techniques for working with trauma. These techniques for working with hyper-arousal and dissociation, can be used in working with acute and chronic trauma, anxiety, and developmental trauma.

Management of Arousal

This has emerged as a key component of the Mindfulness-Based Core Process Therapy training. It may involve reducing or increasing the level of arousal. By reducing arousal when there is overwhelm, both developmental and traumatic wounds can be renegotiated. As well as reducing overwhelm, core processes can be differentiated thus providing more information and contributing to a greater sense of wholeness. Processing can be facilitated by reducing overwhelm and meaning discovered in the experiences.

Missing Experiences and Missing Skills

The training will uncover missing experiences and missing skills at each of the developmental stages represented by the themes above. Students will have the opportunity to explore their missing skills as well as learn how to teach the skills to their clients. These skills and experiences include mindfulness, safety and containment, self-regulation, self-soothing, giving and receiving, self-assertion, self-worth, recognizing and setting boundaries, working with conflict, intimacy and differentiation, and balancing being and doing.

The Healing Relationship and Therapeutic Alliance

The essence of mindfulness meditation is to cultivate awareness so that you can really be present in your life. This quality can inform your practice as a psychotherapist to create safety, compassion and presence for your clients. Research demonstrates that the therapeutic alliance is more important than any method or technique of psychotherapy and this training will allow you to explore your personal style as a therapist and cultivate these qualities to promote a truly healing relationship.

Working through the Body

Working through the body is a way of accessing and transforming limiting beliefs and behaviours. Work that may take months or even years in more traditional talking therapies can frequently be done in less time. The body is experienced as a door that can be opened to reveal the whole character and belief system of the individual. The body's structures and habitual patterns become a powerful access route to unconscious core material.

Working with the Body

The body holds and expresses our experiences from birth through the life span. Posture, muscular tensions and holding patterns develop as we interact with our world. It is possible to complement the psychotherapeutic work with movement and exercise to facilitate releasing of holding patterns, strengthening core stabilizing muscles and aligning the spine for healthy functioning. Simple movement sequences will be incorporated in the training which students can use themselves and/or offer to their clients.

Intra-psychic and Interpersonal Processes

Self-Study and experiential exercises will focus on intra-psychic and interpersonal processes for the client and the therapist. This will enable students to study transference, counter-transference and the system created between the therapist and client. There will be exploration of the contributions of the client, the therapist, the healing relationship, and therapeutic techniques, to the healing process.

Experiential and Process-Oriented Psychotherapy

Mindfulness-based Core Process Therapy involves processing at sensorimotor, emotional and cognitive levels. Students will be taught how to keep clients in their present experience and access each of the core processes, and how to support processing at each of these levels.

Mindfulness Meditation

During the training, students are encouraged to cultivate or continue their personal practice of mindfulness meditation. It forms the foundation of the training helping to create a safe container as well as complementing the self-study of the experiential exercises. Calming the mind, relaxing the body, cultivating compassion and insight, all contribute to the development of a compassionate therapeutic presence.

Assisted Meditation

This forms the bridge between mindfulness meditation practice and mindful psychotherapy. Both students and clients can develop confidence in their practice by reporting their experience to the therapist, as it happens. By simply exploring experience, access routes to core material become available. Assisted meditation may form the bridge to a psychotherapy session.

Character Styles or Strategies

Integral to the training is the study of character, both students' own character and looking at character strategies of clients. To work non-violently and compassionately it is essential to know yourself well. Until our unconscious processes become more conscious we run the risk of harming our clients particularly when we engage in long-term therapy.

Neuroscience and Psychotherapy

Authors such as Cozolino, Siegal, Goleman, Damasio, and Schore are providing valuable insights in the field of neuroscience and psychotherapy. This material is used to enrich our understanding of process and why certain psychotherapies work.


A critical part of making therapy safe and gaining the co-operation of the unconscious mind, is to properly resource clients before exploring traumatic material. This training will focus, particularly, on somatic resources.

Teaching Methods

A range of teaching methods are used but, principally, it is an experiential training. Experiential exercises are used to develop skills and a compassionate therapeutic presence. Feedback during the exercises is an essential part of the learning process, both giving and receiving feedback. Powerpoint presentations are used to teach the character styles and review the themes of each weekend. A workbook is provided to assist with self-study and integration of the material taught in each segment. Demonstrations are used formally on the supervision/study group day and as required during teaching days. Recommended reading is included in the workbook, both from texts, and photocopied articles supplied during each segment.

Two Year Diploma

Completion of the components below leads to the Diploma in Mindfulness-Based Core Process Therapy. At the end of each year there is an attendance certificate, for attendance, and a completion certificate for attendance at the segments and completion of the workbook for that year.

  1. Completion of first year (Three 8-day blocks - each block is spread over 11 days)
  2. Completion of second year (24 days in 3 or 4 training blocks). In 2006 the trauma and pain modules will be included in the second year. In future years these will need to be completed earlier in the training – before or during first year.
  3. Completion of the workbooks for First year and Second Year.
  4. Submit a video and transcript demonstrating your competence in the method.

Additional Modules

  1. Trauma and the Body (4 days)
  2. Chronic Pain: a challenge and an opportunity (4 days)
  3. Movement and Meditation (2 days)

Personal Therapy

Thirty hours of psychotherapy. It is highly recommended that some of this is completed during the training but psychotherapy prior to and after the training can be included in the thirty hours. Because the training is experiential, core material will be accessed and you are advised to seek psychotherapy to process this material. There will not be sufficient time on the training to fully process all that arises.

Steps for entry into the training

  1. Attend an introduction to Mindfulness-Based Core Process Therapy or
  2. Attend a 2-day introductory workshop without attending an evening or half day introduction. It is essential that you attend at least one workshop before applying for the training. The introductory workshop provides an opportunity for you to experience the method and the style of teaching used on the training. Both you and I can determine whether the training is going to meet your needs at this stage in your development as a therapist. The training involves intensive self-study through meditation practice, experiential exercises and a workbook exploring the themes studied in each segment.
  3. Attend the Trauma and the Body workshop. I highly recommended doing this workshop prior to starting the training. Early developmental wounds around safety and needs are traumatic wounds or developmental trauma. Having a good grasp of the trauma model will be of great assistance for your learning and understanding on the first two segments of the training. It can also be done during first year.
  4. Attend the Chronic Pain workshop if possible.
  5. Optional Therapy with Rosemary or an advanced student. It is not possible to have regular therapy with Rosemary during the training except for occasional sessions. Many students have benefited from experiencing the method, as a client, prior to the training.
  6. Complete the application form.
  7. Pay a deposit and first instalment (or full amount) prior to commencement of the training.

The Trainers

Rosemary McIndoe leads the training in Mindfulness-Based Core Process Therapy.

Rosemary works as a psychologist and psychotherapist (Hakomi therapist) in private practice. She brings to her work a background in physiotherapy, teaching, research, meditation and hypnotherapy. Her journey towards integrating body, mind and spirit led to studying Hakomi, a body-centred psychotherapy combining the mindfulness and non-violence of Eastern spiritual traditions with a Western methodology. This method strongly influences her psychotherapy practice and her teaching. Her own experience of chronic pain, following a car accident in the mid eighties, led to her developing an integrated approach to self-management of chronic pain, currently offered as a 6-day course with tapes and posters, and being developed as an interactive self-study program. Rosemary has trained in both Hakomi Experiential Psychotherapy (Developmental) and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for trauma resolution. She has completed the Australian Society of Hypnosis training and the Diploma of Solution Oriented Hypnosis in Ericksonian or Indirect Methods of Hypnosis. She is an experienced presenter at conferences, seminars and workshops.

Bob Sharples developed the mindfulness meditation component of the training.

Bob is a psychologist in private practice with a special interest in helping people with serious life threatening illness. He is a member of the APS Colleges of Counselling and Health Psychology. He started his working life as a lawyer and later worked as a teacher and school counsellor. He was introduced to meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in his early thirties and he has received teachings and guidance from many highly qualified teachers. Bob has been a member of Tara Institute, a large Melbourne Tibetan Buddhist Centre, for over 25 years and has been leading their Healing Meditation Programme for 12 years. He worked as the senior therapist at the Gawler Foundation from 1991 to 2001. For the past 12 years, he has been leading weekly meditation groups, practice days and weekend retreats. A book he is writing on meditation practice will be published by Lothian in mid 2003.

In 2005 Bob decided to stop teaching on the training and we have invited meditation teachers. Dr Chris Walsh is currently teaching the first year students.

Development of the Mindfulness-Based Core Process Therapy Training

Over a number of years, Rosemary and Bob had discussed the possibility of doing some work together and, in 2002, they looked at the possibility of combining Bob's background in mindfulness meditation with Rosemary's background in mindful and body-centred approaches to psychotherapy. Hakomi is a depth psychotherapy particularly suited to the “worried well” and Rosemary was interested in developing an approach which was suitable for a “clinical population” as well. She has taken the approach in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, of paying close attention to managing arousal, and applied it more generally, to create a therapy suitable for early developmental woundings which have a trauma base as well as for work with anxiety, depression, and chronic pain.

In developing this Mindfulness-Based Core Process Therapy training, Rosemary and Bob have been exploring the interface between mindfulness meditation practice and mindful psychotherapy. Assisted meditation has emerged as a bridge between formal meditation practice and mindful psychotherapy. This approach involves the client reporting on their experience as it happens. It can be helpful in supporting personal meditation practice but can also provide a bridge to psychotherapy.



Reading for the professional training

*** Texts , **Highly Recommended, * Recommended

Brantley, J. (2003) "Calming Your Anxious Mind".

Caldwell, C. (ed.) (1997) “ Getting in Touch: The Guide to New Body-Centred Therapies”.

Chodron, P. (1997) “When Things Fall Apart”.

Chodron, P. (2001) “The Places That Scare You” .

Chodron, T. (2001) “Working With Anger”.

**Cozolino, L. (2002) “The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy”.

**Cozolino, L. (2006) “The Neuroscience of Human Relationships: Attachment and the Developing Social Brain”.

Dozier, R. (2002) “Why We Hate”.

Epstein, M. (1998) “Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart”.

Hanh, T. (2001) “Anger: Buddhist Wisdom for Cooling the Flames”.

Hanh, T. (1991) “Peace is Every Step”.

*Hanh, T. (1976) “The Miracle of Mindfulness”.

**Horney, K. (1945, 1972) “Our Inner Conflicts”

Greenberg, L.S. (2002) “Emotion-Focused Therapy”.

Greenberg, L.S. & Pavio, S.C (1997) “Working With Emotions in Psychotherapy”.

**Johanson, G.& Kurtz, R. (1991 ) “Grace Unfolding: Psychotherapy in the Spirit of Tao-te ching”.

***Kurtz, R. (1990) “ Body-Centred Psychotherapy: The Hakomi Method”.

**Johnson, Stephen, M. (1994) “Character Styles”.

*Kabat-Zinn, J. (1994) “Wherever you go there you are”.

Kabat-Zinn, J. (1990 ) “ Full Catastrophe Living”.

Levine, P. (1997) "Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma".

McQuaid, R.R., Carmona, P.E. (2004) "Peaceful Mind: Using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Psychology to Overcome Depression".

**Ogden, P., Minton, K., Pain, C. (2006) "Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor approach to psychotherapy".

**Rosenburg, M. (2003) “Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life”.

*Rothschild, B. (2000) “The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment”.

*Segal, Z.V., Williams J.M.G., Teasdale, J.D. (2002) “Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression”.

***Sharples, R. (2003) “Meditation: Calming the Mind”.

van der Hart, O. (2006) "The Haunted Self".


Centre for Non-violent Communication

Compassionate Commuication


Feldenkrais Australia

Hakomi Institute

  • Very comprehensive coverage of the method in “about”
  • Many articles on Hakomi in the journal Hakomi forum (can be downloaded)

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute

(formerly called Hakomi Somatics Institute, founded by Pat Ogden)

  • Specializes in trauma resolution through Sensorimotor psychotherapy
  • Follow link to the website “trauma pages” with an article on this approach to trauma resolution

Hakomi Institute of San Francisco

  • More articles about Hakomi with 2 articles on use of Hakomi with couples

Health Trek

  • For purchase of Medi balls and Dura Discs

Kurtz, Ron

  • The founder of Hakomi, many interesting articles to download

Levine, Peter

  • Author of “Waking the tiger” – an excellent book for clients and practitioners

Miller, Scott

Path out of Pain

  • Website developed by Geoff Littlejohn and Rosemary McIndoe
  • Information for people experiencing chronic pain/fibromyalgia, and practitioners
  • Psychotherapy section

Pema Chodron

Phillips, Maggie

  • Author of “Finding the Energy to Heal” – integrated therapy approaches

Rothschild, Babette


Schema Therapy (Jeffrey Young)

Schinzen Young

Sleep Better without Drugs

Thich Nhat Hanh

Thought Field Therapy (not the main site)

Thubten Chodron

Trauma Pages (David Baldwin's Trauma Pages)

  • An in invaluable site giving access to many articles on trauma and valuable links

Wild Mind


Contact Rosemary McIndoe on 03 9347 5083 Email:

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