The Metavision courses have developed from the initiative of Christina Nielsen, arising from her clinical experience and ongoing study over the past 30 years. The impetus to offer training courses in Bowral arose from suggestions by students in Somatic Psychotherapy when they attended an open day for the recently (2003) established Bundaroo Centre for Natural Health.
The focus on holistic health is developed through combinations of practices and disciplines, such as Social Work, Acupuncture and the Anthroposophy of Rudolf Steiner. This combination is consolidated by a deepening of knowledge and understanding of both psychological and natural and traditional health.
The term Metavision arose from work Christina Nielsen has been engaged in over the past 6 years at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney by bringing “Supervision” to a small group of junior medical doctors in the palliative care unit. The term supervision did not seem to fit the model that was being developed so the term Metavision was coined. The term means looking above, below and around, in fact broadly and holistically. It seemed a good term for training in counselling that includes a high degree of self-awareness and reflectivity, together with a perception of the human condition in its fullness.
The Metavision Institute today sees students from all over the country and from different backgrounds. This is a far cry from its initial year in February 2004 in which the intake was a modest number of nine students.