Clinical supervision is available for students in training, graduate psychotherapists, counsellors and other health professionals.
I believe in a supervision environment which is not governed by anxiety and fear but which values curiosity, intelligent kindness and the truth that it is our 'mistakes' that provide our greatest learning and therefore they are to be valued. While I personally work from a broadly analytic model held within a contemplative perspective I believe in supporting each supervisee to discover and deepen what sort of therapist they individually are. In my experience what is important is not only our theoretical understanding and our therapeutic skills but also who we deeply are. Being 'in accord' with our self, being at ease and not governed by fear is, I believe, our most precious healing tool.
I provide courses on the practice of Contemplative Psychotherapy that include the use of mindfulness, focusing and mindfulness based theoretical models for health professionals and psychotherapy training.
I have provided seminars, lectures and talks on Contemplative Psychotherapy and associated topics for various organisations including Confer, CAT Assoc., Centre For Transpersonal Psychology, Association of Independent Psychotherapists, the Bristol Jung Talks, the Bristol Psychotherapy Assoc., the Taunton Psychotherapy Assoc., the Bath Analytic Network, the Bath Buddhist Group and BCPCA.
Subject titles have included: Dr. Freud and the Buddha, Not Pushing the River, The Zen of Dual Roles, Evil, Nature and Meaning, When Jung Met a Zen Master and Said Something Surprising, Jung's Dream of the Yogi, No Body There - Buddhist Contributions to Psychotherapy, With Buddha in Mind, Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy in Practice.
"Why Can't I Meditate? How to get your mindfulness practice on track " Nigel Wellings
"I especially appreciate the explicit kindness and compassion part of your book, it’s a beautiful chapter and you unpack very nicely the threats that people feel when they give themselves love. As we say in the MSC program, 'When you give yourself unconditional love, you discover the conditions under which you felt unloved'."
Christopher Germer PhD, author, Mindful Path To Self-Compassion
For the website of the book: www.whycantimeditate.com
- Nothing To Lose, psychotherapy, mindfulness and living life Nigel Wellings and Elizabeth Wilde McCormick, Foreword Mark Epstein, author of Thoughts Without a Thinker.
2010 Woodyard Publications. 223 pages £12.50 +pp. Contact us for copies.
“In sharing their insights gained from the long application of Buddhism and Western psychology, Nigel Wellings and Elizabeth McCormick have produced a rich and moving work that reﬂects an unﬂinching honesty about themselves and a deep commitment to the welfare of others.”
Stephen Batchelor, author Buddhism without Beliefs and Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist.
- Transpersonal Psychology, Theory and Practice. Edited by Nigel Wellings and Elizabeth Wilde McCormick. Continuum 2000