Pinar McGivern is a fully qualified and UKCP accredited mindfulness-based psychotherapist, with an MA in Core Process Psychotherapy. She has diverse experience of providing therapy in the private and voluntary sectors, including working for a NHS service and within the charity sector. She currently works with individuals and couples in private practice, offering long and short-term psychotherapy.
Before training in psychotherapy for four and a half years, Pinar did a degree in Film Studies and then worked in TV and film. During this time, she began exploring mindfulness and studied meditation over several years in its traditional setting in Nepal with meditation masters, experiencing the positive effects of meditation now being explained by neuroscience.
Pinar’s specialist areas include relationships, anxiety, depression, panic attack, trauma and addiction. She also works as a mindfulness coach having completed a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Programme developed by Jon Kabatt-Zin.
Pinar’s therapeutic approach is relational and informed by mindfulness; aiming to bring the client to the present moment to explore how the experience of “now” may be conditioned by early life experience. She believes that the aim of psychotherapy is not to change ourselves but to constructively change how we relate to our experience. Her embodied approach empowers clients’ own inner wisdom, enabling them to better address challenges in their lives.