For psychotherapists the word emptiness may conjure notions of depression and meaninglessness but for Buddhists it is the potentiality of an infinitely interconnected process of dynamic change. How can these two quite different understandings inform each other and how can we as therapists usefully include this in our clinical work? Some ideas and some practical examples.
Nigel Wellings is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and author who works within a contemplative perspective. He has served as a Director of Training at the Centre for Transpersonal Psychology and is a founder member of The Forum for Contemplative Studies and a facilitator on the Bath and Bristol Mindfulness Courses. With Elizabeth McCormick he has published several books including 'Nothing To Lose, Psychotherapy, Buddhism and Living Life'. His most recent book, 'Why Can't I Meditate? How to Get Your Mindfulness on Track’, was published by Piatkus 2015 and Tarcher 2016.
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