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Being Present with Suffering

A one-day seminar led by Nigel Wellings and Elizabeth Wilde McCormick

Saturday 23 November 2019 - London

There is something about everything that makes it not quite satisfactory. Even things we really love are spoilt by not being quite enough or - the opposite - going on too long. People entering psychotherapy want to feel better - more authoritative, less anxious or depressed, more whole - and although it can help, an enormous amount of difficult and painful emotions continue to arise. After years and years of therapy many of us feel as mad as ever. There is no 'happy ever after'. This all begs the question; what is the place of suffering in human experience and how best can we be with it?

This day picks up this question and answers by saying that discontent and unhappiness are inevitable parts of our human experience but there are ways to avoid adding further unnecessary suffering. By becoming mindfully present, accepting and kind, we may enfold what hurts us in a more spacious and meaningful way. Together we will cultivate our ability to be present with emotions felt in the body and maybe get a glimpse of how emotions dissolve in the open space of awareness.


Elizabeth Wilde McCormick
Elizabeth Wilde McCormick has been practicing as a psychotherapist for over 30 years in both private and NHS settings. Her background is in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology, Social Psychiatry, Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. She is a Founder member of the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy and the author of a number of books including Surviving Breakdown; Living On The Edge. And with Nigel Wellings: Nothing To Lose; Transpersonal Psychotherapy Theory and Practice. A fifth edition of Change For The Better, the CAT self help book was published in 2017.... More >>

Nigel Wellings
Nigel Wellings is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and author who works within a contemplative perspective. He and Elizabeth McCormick served as Directors of Training at the Centre for Transpersonal Psychology from 1996 - 2001. He 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 February 2015... More >>


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Handouts and lunch included
Early bird: £100 (SOLD OUT)
Self-funded: £120
Self-funded x 2: £200
Organisationally-funded: £200
Psychotherapy trainee: £80 (SOLD OUT)
Advanced reading

Nothing to Lose: Psychotherapy, Buddhism and Living Life by Nigel Wellings and Elizabeth Wilde McCormick (Woodyard Publications, 2005). Please email Elizabeth on to make a purchase directly.
CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6 hours will be provided at the event

8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:00 Lunch break
15:00 Tea
17:00 End