Over the past fifteen years, Di has accumulated a high level of skill and experience as a practitioner of various modalities including craniosacral therapy and core process psychotherapy.
She has a well established private clinical practice from her home in North Northumberland and does home visits throughout Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. She also works in Edinburgh at the Yoga Stable.
In 2002, Di qualified in craniosacral with Thomas Attlee at CCST and then continued her training in craniosacral biodynamics with Franklyn Sills at the Karuna Institute, who is internationally regarded as a leading pioneer in the field of craniosacral studies.
Di has practised chi gong and tai chi for a number of years and is particularly interested in the body, our emotions, the mind and spirituality.
Her hobbies mainly involve horses and dogs and life in the countryside.
Di is a member of CSTA [Craniosacral Therapy Association UK] and a student member of the UKCP
Craniosacral therapy is an extremely gentle hands-on whole body therapy.
Therapists are trained to feel the subtle motion of the fluids that bathe the brain and spinal cord. The therapist listens to the body to facilitate its vital force. This brings about intrinsic change and reorganisation. In this way the therapist identifies and treats pain or tensions held in the body.
For treatment the client will usually lie fully clothed on a treatment couch. You may feel a deep sense of relaxation, and possibly become aware of heat, tingling, pulsations or other sensations.
CST is appropriate for people of all ages including babies and during pregnancy and for a wide range of ailments including digestive problems, breathing disorders, headaches, muscular aches and pains, depression, difficulties in conceiving, anxiety and stress, and issues arising from trauma - emotional or physical. It is also a powerful tool for self development.
Mothers and Babies
For mothers and babies, craniosacral therapy can improve comfort throughout pregnancy, during motherhood and the early months of your baby’s life.
Pregnancy is a time of change, both physically and emotionally, and Craniosacral Therapy can help to address the effects of stress and external pressures, to enable you to embrace these deep emotional and physical changes from a resourced and supported place. Craniosacral Therapy can also help to reconcile internal and external awareness, which is helpful when your body and developing baby are going through change.
Mothers and babies often need support through the first few months of a baby’s life, to address any issues from the actual birth (physical and emotional), as well as coping with the adjustment to a new and deeply connected being-to-being relationship. Craniosacral Therapy provides a space for mother and baby to enjoy time together, experiencing stillness and getting to know their own, precious relational field.
Treatments are carried out fully clothed, while lying on a treatment couch and can be easily given to mothers and babies separately, or together. Craniosacral Therapy treats the person as a whole and the client’s own system (mother and baby) often chooses priorities for treatment. The basis for each treatment is that health is always available.
Cranio-sacral (CST) is a ‘hands-on’ therapy based on a number of findings by osteopaths about the body’s subtle physiology.
In response to physical and emotional stresses placed on the body’s tissues, they contract. If unresolved, this may lead to restrictions, which can cause various physical pain or disease.
In CST the body is perceived to be constant movement. The practitioner is trained to perceive these subtle rhythms. The aim is to release and unravel tensions and resistance in the joints and connective tissues.
CST is deeply relaxing and therapeutic, and as a whole body therapy, it may aid horses with almost any condition, by raising vitality and well-being, and enabling the body’s own self healing processes to be utilised.
Di Letts is a registered CST and has undertaken both human and equine training. She has also trained in Remedial massage and other related body therapies. She runs a mixed practise both here and in the USA and has a wealth of practical experience with animals. She recommends CST for your horse after competing to relieve any post-competition stress or at least 24 hours before your horse is to compete to achieve optimum results. CST works well with other complementary therapies and with orthodox medicine and Di is happy to consult with your horse’s vet before and during the course of treatment.
She is available at horse trials to give consultation or treatment and does yard visits by prior arrangement.
Equine CST FAQ
The following is a list of some of the wide range of conditions which may respond well to cranio-sacral treatment:
- Back pain
- Bone/ joint disorders
- Breathing disorders
- Digestive problems
- Muscular aches and sprains
- Nervous disorders
- Stress-related conditions
Core Process Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy provides a confidential professional relationship which offers you a safe, warm and welcoming space to explore what is going on for you.
Some issues can be easier to bring to therapy than to share with friends or family. It can also be an opportunity to explore your life and experiences and reach a deeper understanding of yourself.
This way of working is based on an understanding that we all have an inherent movement towards health at our core. This is always there underneath, but difficulties and traumas in our lives may have led us to develop defensive strategies as part of our personality. These strategies can become habitual and continue long after the original painful circumstances or traumas have passed.
As a result we may now see the world and respond in ways that do not help us, and stop us from reaching our full potential. The intention of Core Process Psychotherapy is to help us make contact with this core health, so that we can respond more authentically and skilfully to whatever we meet in our lives.
Core Process Psychotherapy is grounded in western psychotherapeutic theory and Buddhist psychology. The work aims to support a developing awareness of how we are at any moment, and how our relationship with this may bring us distress. It invites you to explore your relationship with yourself and others, sensing into how you may gain real choice in how you experience your world and act in it.
In developing awareness of how we are, our ‘core’ qualities can emerge more into our daily lives and relationships, inviting clarity and acceptance. This work is often described as a contemplative psychotherapy, and is grounded in mindfulness practice.
Core Process FAQ
How much does it cost?
There is no charge for the first meeting, following this the cost for each session is £30.
Di Letts is a UKCP Trainee Therapist in Core Process Psychotherapy, bound by the Karuna Institute's Code of Ethical Conduct. She is able to offer reduced fees as she works towards full UKCP accreditation.
How often will I need to attend?
You will need to attend weekly.
How will I know if Core Process Psychotherapy is right for me?
Firstly you will meet with Di free of charge to discuss why you are exploring the possibility of psychotherapy and to decide if it feels right to start work. If you decide to commence therapy, a six week ‘probationary’ period for initial work is usually suggested, then a further period can be established if this is the right work for you.
What happens if I can’t make a session?
You generally need to give 48 hours notice of when you plan to miss sessions. When this is not possible Di will endeavor to offer an alternative time in the same week. Where this is not possible a session charge will usually be made.
For further information or book an appointment, call Di on: 07857 616794
Craniosacral Therapy session price: £45
Core Process Psychotherapy session price: £30
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