Monthly Archives: September 2014

12 tweet summary: Mindfulness – Mindlessness – Bodymind Fullness

Mindfulness is in fashion – in therapy, business, health. But its promise is already flagging, people are becoming disenchanted with it. It’s not surprising that mindfulness has turned into another fad & can’t possibly live up to people’s desperate expectations & idealisations. Westerners are in grave danger of misreading the Eastern teachings on mindfulness through [...]

By | 2017-03-07T19:54:28+00:00 September 28th, 2014|CPD Tutorials|0 Comments

Mindfulness – Mindlessness – Bodymind Fullness

Interested in this proposal for an experiential workshop on 'mindfulness'? Mindfulness is all the rage and in fashion everywhere – in therapy, in business, in health. It’s supposed to cure all ills, increase performance, improve your relationships, help you make money, relieve all sorts of pain from physical to mental, and establish a peaceful society. [...]

By | 2017-03-07T19:54:29+00:00 September 28th, 2014|Michael's Psychotherapy CPD Blog|0 Comments

The latest INTEGRA newsletter (Sep. 2014)

This newsletter update is mainly to inform you about the proposed purpose and format of our online enquiry, but it also includes a reminder about a CPD event I am helping prepare which is not to be missed: a 1-day conference with philosopher Shaun Gallagher. To subscribe to future newsletters, join our mailing list.   [...]

By | 2014-09-18T01:06:16+00:00 September 17th, 2014|INTEGRA CPD News|0 Comments

Defining the working alliance – 1

Clarkson, P. (1995) The Therapeutic Relationship. Whurr The working alliance is the part of client- psychotherapist relationship that enables the client and therapist to work together even when the patient client experiences some desires to the contrary. (Clarkson 1994 p. 31) The working alliance or psychotherapeutic alliance is probably first encountered as a concept in [...]

By | 2017-03-07T19:54:30+00:00 September 16th, 2014|Michael's Psychotherapy CPD Blog|0 Comments

Defining the working alliance – 2

Ralph R Greenson (1967) Technique and Practice of Psychoanalysis Greenson defined the working alliance as: “the relatively non-and neurotic, rational, and realistic attitudes of the patient towards the analyst … It is this part of the patient-analyst relationship that enables the patient to identify with the analyst’s point of view and to work with the [...]

By | 2014-09-18T00:40:49+00:00 September 15th, 2014|Michael's Psychotherapy CPD Blog|0 Comments

Supershrinks – What’s the secret of their success?

This 2008 paper "Supershrinks - What's the secret of their success?" by Scott Miller, Mark Hubble, and Barry Duncan is one of the inspiration for this enquiry. They claim that therapists DO over-estimate their effectiveness and the working alliance. It's a great read (that does not mean I agree with everything they say, but they [...]

By | 2017-04-01T14:45:49+00:00 September 14th, 2014|Michael's Psychotherapy CPD Blog|0 Comments

What’s not quite right about this cartoon? (Id-Ego-Superego/child-adult-parent)

A student submitted this cartoon - here is my response: Nice graphic - did you draw it, or is it copied from somewhere? Some suggestions for clarification: I think the face of the Id looks more like a cynical, demanding parent than a demanding, passionate or even greedy child. The poor Ego looks adequately squeezed [...]

By | 2017-05-24T15:58:35+00:00 September 11th, 2014|Michael's Psychotherapy CPD Blog|0 Comments

The dilemmas which the client’s ‘character’ creates for the therapist

Some key points of the recently published transcript: Different types of embodiment work Attending to the body to make therapy more impactful, we notice that rather than us impacting the client, the client’s character impacts on us. By opening to non-verbal, subliminal bodymind communications, therapists become more vulnerable to the impact of here & now [...]

By | 2017-04-01T14:46:58+00:00 September 11th, 2014|Michael's Psychotherapy CPD Blog|0 Comments