https://integra-cpd.co.uk Europe/London Europe/London Europe/London 20241027T020000 +0100 +0000 GMT 20240331T010000 +0000 +0100 BST ai1ec-12517@integra-cpd.co.uk 20240715T120058Z All Counsellors & Psychotherapists,Ongoing CPD Groups,Workshop Groups (10 ) Michael Soth; 07929 208 217; info@integra-cpd.co.uk An ongoing, broad-spectrum integrative group This semi-closed group has been running for several years now (since 2015), with new participants joining the 'pool' of members as places become available. Led by one of the most experienced integrative trainers in the UK, this group will provide an ideal relational container for your ongoing development as a therapist. By immersing yourself in a diverse group of colleagues from different schools and orientations, you will widen your perspective, deepen your practice, draw both inspiration and challenge from the co-created wide-ranging experiential work and have a reference point as well as resources and teaching to support your further development. You can find a detailed description of the format and objectives of this group on the dedicated page. 20210925T100000 20210925T170000 +51.584962;-0.200754 The Nebula @ 4 Hallswelle Road, London NW11, UK 0 North London – Ongoing Integrative CPD Group external thumbnail;https://integra-cpd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Event_Images/IntegrationMandala.jpg;300;301,medium;https://integra-cpd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Event_Images/IntegrationMandala.jpg;300;301,large;https://integra-cpd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Event_Images/IntegrationMandala.jpg;300;301,full;https://integra-cpd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Event_Images/IntegrationMandala.jpg;300;301 confirmed,Integrative Psychotherapy CPD,London,scheduled,Workshop £95 ai1ec-12509@integra-cpd.co.uk 20240715T120058Z Experienced Therapists (>8 years),Ongoing CPD Groups,Workshop Groups (10 ) 44 7929 208 217 This group is for experienced therapists only (practising for 10 years or more), and has had a consistent core group of participants for the last few years (since 2012), meeting 5 - 6 days per year, usually for a whole weekend (10.00 - 17.00 both Saturday & Sunday). There is a 'pool' of currently 12 participants, and 4 more places are available from October 2019. The group consists mainly of integrative psychotherapists with a relational orientation, many of whom had a humanistic training initially, many years ago. Over the years the culture of the group has evolved, from an emphasis on CPD and supervision to include increasingly personal and group process. The format over a typical weekend varies creatively between working in the whole group, sessions in the middle of the group, small group work, with Michael facilitating in collaboration with the emergent processes in the group. Occasionally, Michael will give some theoretical input relevant to the process, or summarise the emerging themes. See the dedicated page for detailed info 20211002T110000 20211003T170000 +51.517155;-0.308996 Overton House @ Castlebar Rd, London W5, UK 0 London, Ealing – Ongoing Professional Development Group for Experienced Therapists free confirmed,Integrative Psychotherapy CPD,London,scheduled,Workshop £190 ai1ec-12518@integra-cpd.co.uk 20240715T120058Z All Counsellors & Psychotherapists,Ongoing CPD Groups,Workshop Groups (10 ) Michael Soth; 07929 208 217; info@integra-cpd.co.uk An ongoing, broad-spectrum integrative group This semi-closed group has been running for several years now (since 2015), with new participants joining the 'pool' of members as places become available. Led by one of the most experienced integrative trainers in the UK, this group will provide an ideal relational container for your ongoing development as a therapist. By immersing yourself in a diverse group of colleagues from different schools and orientations, you will widen your perspective, deepen your practice, draw both inspiration and challenge from the co-created wide-ranging experiential work and have a reference point as well as resources and teaching to support your further development. You can find a detailed description of the format and objectives of this group on the dedicated page. 20220122T100000 20220123T170000 +51.584962;-0.200754 The Nebula @ 4 Hallswelle Road, London NW11, UK 0 North London – Ongoing Integrative CPD Group external thumbnail;https://integra-cpd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Event_Images/IntegrationMandala.jpg;300;301,medium;https://integra-cpd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Event_Images/IntegrationMandala.jpg;300;301,large;https://integra-cpd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Event_Images/IntegrationMandala.jpg;300;301,full;https://integra-cpd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Event_Images/IntegrationMandala.jpg;300;301 confirmed,Integrative Psychotherapy CPD,London,scheduled,Workshop £95 ai1ec-12510@integra-cpd.co.uk 20240715T120058Z Experienced Therapists (>8 years),Ongoing CPD Groups,Workshop Groups (10 ) 44 7929 208 217 This group is for experienced therapists only (practising for 10 years or more), and has had a consistent core group of participants for the last few years (since 2012), meeting 5 - 6 days per year, usually for a whole weekend (10.00 - 17.00 both Saturday & Sunday). There is a 'pool' of currently 12 participants, and 4 more places are available from October 2019. The group consists mainly of integrative psychotherapists with a relational orientation, many of whom had a humanistic training initially, many years ago. Over the years the culture of the group has evolved, from an emphasis on CPD and supervision to include increasingly personal and group process. The format over a typical weekend varies creatively between working in the whole group, sessions in the middle of the group, small group work, with Michael facilitating in collaboration with the emergent processes in the group. Occasionally, Michael will give some theoretical input relevant to the process, or summarise the emerging themes. See the dedicated page for detailed info 20220205T110000 20220206T170000 +51.517155;-0.308996 Overton House @ Castlebar Rd, London W5, UK 0 London, Ealing – Ongoing Professional Development Group for Experienced Therapists free confirmed,Integrative Psychotherapy CPD,London,scheduled,Workshop £190 ai1ec-12690@integra-cpd.co.uk 20240715T120058Z All Counsellors & Psychotherapists,Ongoing CPD Groups,Workshop Groups (10 ) An ongoing, broad-spectrum integrative group This semi-closed group has been running for several years now (since 2015), with new participants joining the 'pool' of members as places become available. Led by one of the most experienced integrative trainers in the UK, this group will provide an ideal relational container for your ongoing development as a therapist. By immersing yourself in a diverse group of colleagues from different schools and orientations, you will widen your perspective, deepen your practice, draw both inspiration and challenge from the co-created wide-ranging experiential work and have a reference point as well as resources and teaching to support your further development. You can find a detailed description of the format and objectives of this group on the dedicated page. 20220917T110000 20220917T180000 online on Zoom 20221119T110000 20230128T110000 20230401T110000 20230603T110000 20230916T110000 20231111T110000 20240120T110000 20240323T110000 20240518T110000 20240713T110000 20240914T110000 20241109T110000 20250111T110000 20250308T110000 0 Ongoing Integrative CPD Group free thumbnail;https://integra-cpd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Event_Images/IntegrationMandala.jpg;300;301,medium;https://integra-cpd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Event_Images/IntegrationMandala.jpg;300;301,large;https://integra-cpd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Event_Images/IntegrationMandala.jpg;300;301,full;https://integra-cpd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Event_Images/IntegrationMandala.jpg;300;301 confirmed,Integrative Psychotherapy CPD,London,scheduled,Workshop 120 ai1ec-12676@integra-cpd.co.uk 20240715T120058Z All Counsellors & Psychotherapists,Large Groups (20 ),One-off CPD Events,Workshop Groups (10 ) Dimitris Tzachanis; limendt@gmail.com Zoom CPD Weekend in English with simultaneous Greek translation When we say that therapy is working or not working, what do we mean? When clients praise therapy because they think it is working, or when they complain that it is not working, what are they talking about? In order to address this question more comprehensively, and to get to the bottom of it, we need to integrate the different meanings and purposes which humans - both clients and therapists - have given to the idea of therapy over the last 100 years. We then recognise that there are different modes of change which clients seek and which therapists offer, and that there are different kinds of relationship which clients and therapists co-create. Whether client and therapist have a good and productive working alliance and quality of relationship depends on their meeting across all these different potentials and meanings of therapy. Traditionally, the different and conflicting modes of change as well as the modalities of relationship are split and fragmented into the different disciplines of the psychological therapies (psychiatry, psychology, counselling and psychotherapy) and across these different disciplines into different approaches, schools and traditions (psychodynamic and psychoanalytic, cognitive behavioural, a vast spectrum of humanistic, systemic, transpersonal and integrative psychotherapies). Historically, each discipline and approach tended to offer its own very limited and partial understanding in quite a dogmatic way, as if this was the only and best way of providing ‘proper’ therapy. But from the perspective of clients and patients, who just want help with their feelings, their mental health, and their psychological well-being and potential, the multitude of approaches and disciplines is unhelpful. They find the fragmented field of the psychological therapies confusing and are not interested in the finer differences between theories, models, techniques, and approaches. They are looking for a practitioner who can offer them what they need and seek, what will work for them individually. They want their therapist to be broad-minded and inclusive, and capable of selecting from the vast confusing spectrum of the psychological therapies what is best suited to them as an individual and their particular suffering and psychological development. Although over the last 30 years we have experienced an innovative and productive movement towards psychotherapy integration, arguably from the client's perspective, this movement often does not reach far enough: it only addresses the different therapeutic approaches, not the different - and even more divergent - disciplines; it often only succeeds in creating an eclectic form of still fragmentary integration, cherry-picked from a couple of schools or traditions rather than a broad-spectrum integration which does not exclude ANY of the approaches; it often does not sufficiently address the underlying conflicts and paradigm clashes which have fragmented the field in the first place, and the deeper and valid purpose of these conflicts - integration cannot work deeply if these conflicts are by-passed it often attempts to integrate theories and techniques, which have emerged from different historical phases and underlying philosophies and languages - integration is not possible on these mental and conceptual levels, precisely because these philosophies developed in opposition to each other (and represented collective paradigm shifts in 'zeitgeist' that go way beyond the level of therapeutic theory, ) it is usually oblivious of the dangers and disadvantages of psychotherapy integration, by idealising integration as a development that is only positive In this workshop Michael will propose a simple distinction between three different modes of change, corresponding to different depths of therapeutic work, that will help us to differentiate how clients need and want their therapy to work - how they construct the therapeutic space both consciously and unconsciously. Because the different disciplines are to some extent defined by different therapeutic approaches, beyond that, we will begin to explore the paradigm clashes between the different traditions and approaches of the psychological therapies, and how to integrate them, on those levels where integration is possible and desirable. This then enables us to provide a broad-spectrum integrative and comprehensively pluralistic foundation from which to tailor the therapeutic space to each particular client. Michael has been offering CPD workshops in Greece for many years now, both in person and more recently online, usually with translation between Greek and English. Although there is a significant theoretical element through slides and hand-outs, even in the online workshops Michael's emphasis is on experiential work, often in small groups, sometimes in the middle of the group, often through role-plays of client-therapist situations. Learning Objectives: For this workshop we have formulated a long and detailed list of possible learning objectives which some participants may want to pursue. Depending on your own previous experience and understanding, you may feel you want to aim for many of these, or you may want to focus on just a few of them which are most relevant to your practice.  to appreciate more deeply the complex diversity of the psychotherapeutic field and our own very partial path and position within it to formulate the essential conflicts and differences that underlie the multitude of theories and techniques, and the variety of meanings which people invest in the idea of therapy to recognise that somebody’s idea of therapy arises from deep levels of their subjectivity, and that however different their idea may be from ours, it is built upon a valid core of something they have found helpful in their lives within their frame of reference to appreciate that by validating that core of their experience we are building a good foundation for a broad-spectrum integrative embrace of the whole field to understand that clients and therapists formulate their ideas of therapy through the lens of their life patterns and habits, and therefore through their woundedness and their ‘defences' to recognise that both clients and therapists construct the therapeutic space - both consciously and unconsciously - in contradictory ways which reflect our inner conflictedness to understand that this creates a tendency to divide the field into approaches we idealise and promote versus others that we reject and dismiss to locate your own therapeutic position(s) somewhere along the spectrum of the various axes defined by the fundamental tensions and paradoxes which structure the field of psychotherapy to experiment with Michael’s proposed distinction between the three different modes of change, and to investigate whether or not they make sense in your experience and apply to your own practice to learn to recognise the conflicted presence of all three modes of change in a client’s presentation to understand that by recognising the client’s conflicted constructions of therapy we are less trapped in the kind of therapy which their ego is explicitly demanding to begin to recognise the kind of enactments which the client’s construction of therapy is drawing the therapist into to learn to hold the tension between the three modes of change and take steps towards a more comprehensive therapeutic position to recognise that by holding the client’s conflict between the three modes of change we can begin to ‘tailor' the therapy to the client in such a way that all conflicted parts of the client feel met and taken care of ΔΙΑΔΙΚΤΥΑΚΟ ΕΚΠΑΙΔΕΥΤΙΚΟ ΒΙΩΜΑΤΙΚΟ ΣΕΜΙΝΑΡΙΟ ΜΕΣΩ ZOOM Ενοποιώντας τις διαφορετικές  προσεγγίσεις της ψυχοθεραπείας  με τον Michael Soth, Διεθνώς Αναγνωρισμένο Συνθετικό-Σχεσιακό Σωματικό Ψυχοθεραπευτή,  Εκπαιδευτή, Επόπτη με 30 χρόνια εμπειρίας  —Το σεμινάριο διεξάγεται στα αγγλικά με ταυτόχρονη μετάφραση— Περιεχόμενα Τι ακριβώς εννοούμε όταν λέμε ότι η θεραπεία πάει καλά;  Τι εννοούν οι θεραπευόμενοι όταν επαινούν τη θεραπεία, επειδή πιστεύουν ότι τους βοηθάει ή όταν παραπονιούνται επειδή πιστεύουν ότι δεν γίνεται τίποτα; Για να μπορέσουμε να δώσουμε μια πλήρη και ξεκάθαρη απάντηση χρειάζεται να ενοποιήσουμε τις διαφορετικές αντιλήψεις των τελευταίων 100 ετών ως προς το τι είναι θεραπεία και ποιοι είναι οι στόχοι της, τόσο από την πλευρά των ψυχοθεραπευτών όσο και από των θεραπευόμενων.  Τότε θα συνειδητοποιήσουμε ότι δεν υπάρχει μόνο ένας τρόπος αλλαγής/θεραπείας που αναζητούν οι θεραπευόμενοι και προσφέρουν οι θεραπευτές όπως και ότι υπάρχουν διαφορετικά είδη σχέσης που συνδημιουργούν θεραπευτές και θεραπευόμενοι. Το αν ο θεραπευόμενος και ο θεραπευτής θα έχουν μια καλή και παραγωγική θεραπευτική συμμαχία και ποιότητα σχέσης εξαρτάται από τη συνάντησή τους, η οποία διαμορφώνεται και νοηματοδοτείται από το πλαίσιο δυνατοτήτων που προσφέρει κάθε διαφορετικό μοντέλο θεραπείας. Στο παρελθόν, οι διαφορετικοί τρόποι αλλαγής και σχέσης έχουν υπάρξει σε σύγκρουση και είναι διαχωρισμένοι στις διαφορετικές επιστήμες ψυχικής υγείας (ψυχιατρική, ψυχολογία, ψυχοθεραπεία και συμβουλευτική) και στις διαφορετικές προσεγγίσεις, σχολές και παραδόσεις μέσα στις διαφορετικές επιστήμες (ψυχαναλυτική και ψυχοδυναμική, γνωσιακή-συμπεριφορική, ένα μεγάλο εύρος ανθρωπιστικών, συστημικών, υπερπροσωπικών και συνθετικών ψυχοθεραπειών). Ιστορικά, κάθε επιστήμη και προσέγγιση είχε την τάση να προσφέρει τη δική της περιορισμένη και μονομερή αντίληψη με ένα σχεδόν δογματικό τρόπο σαν να ήταν αυτός ο μοναδικός και ο καλύτερος για να παρέχεται η “σωστή” θεραπεία. Αλλά από την οπτική των θεραπευόμενων, οι οποίοι θέλουν βοήθεια με τα συναισθήματά τους, την ψυχική τους υγεία και την προσωπική τους εξέλιξη, η πληθώρα των επιστημών και των προσεγγίσεων δεν τους είναι βοηθητική. Ο διαιρεμένος χώρος της ψυχοθεραπείας τους μπερδεύει. Δεν τους ενδιαφέρουν οι λεπτές διαφορές ανάμεσα σε θεωρίες, μοντέλα, τεχνικές και προσεγγίσεις. Αναζητούν απλώς έναν επαγγελματία που να μπορεί να τους προσφέρει αυτό που εκείνοι έχουν ανάγκη και ψάχνουν, αυτό που θα λειτουργήσει για αυτούς προσωπικά. Θέλουν ο θεραπευτής τους να είναι ανοιχτόμυαλος και όχι άκαμπτος, έτσι ώστε να έχει την ικανότητα να επιλέγει από ένα ευρύ φάσμα ψυχολογικών θεραπειών για το συγκεκριμένο προσωπικό τους θέμα και για την ψυχολογική τους ανάπτυξη. Παρόλο που τα τελευταία 30 χρόνια έχουμε βιώσει μια πρωτοπόρα και παραγωγική κίνηση προς την ψυχοθεραπευτική σύνθεση, από την πλευρά των θεραπευόμενων η κίνηση αυτή συχνά δεν φθάνει αρκετά σε βάθος: Απευθύνεται μόνο στις διαφορετικές προσεγγίσεις και όχι στις διαφορετικές —και πιο αποκλίνουσες— επιστήμες. Συχνά κατορθώνει μόνο στο να δημιουργήσει μια εκλεκτικού τύπου σύνθεση που παραμένει ακόμα διαιρεμένη, αφού η σύνθεση γίνεται επιλεκτικά από λίγες παραδόσεις, αντί από ένα ευρύ φάσμα που να να μην αποκλείει ΚΑΜΙΑ από τις προσεγγίσεις. Συχνά δεν αντιμετωπίζει επαρκώς τις υποβόσκουσες συγκρούσεις και διαμάχες ανάμεσα στα υποδείγματα θεραπείας, οι οποίες εξαρχής διαίρεσαν τον χώρο, όπως και τον βαθύτερο και έγκυρο σκοπό αυτών των συγκρούσεων. Συχνά προσπαθεί να συνθέσει θεωρίες και τεχνικές που έχουν αναδυθεί από διαφορετικές ιστορικές φάσεις και υποκείμενες φιλοσοφίες και ορολογίες —μια σύνθεση η οποία είναι ανέφικτη σε ένα εννοιολογικό επίπεδο, ακριβώς επειδή αυτές οι φιλοσοφίες αναπτύχθηκαν η μία σε αντίθεση με την άλλη. Συχνά αγνοεί τους κινδύνους και τα μειονεκτήματα της ψυχοθεραπευτικής σύνθεσης με το να εξιδανικεύει τη σύνθεση ως αποκλειστικά θετική. Σε αυτό το σεμινάριο ο Michael Soth θα προτείνει μια απλή διάκριση ανάμεσα σε τρεις διαφορετικούς τρόπους αλλαγής/θεραπείας, οι οποίοι αντιστοιχούν σε διαφορετικά βάθη θεραπευτικής εργασίας,. Αυτή η διάκριση θα μας βοηθήσει να διαφοροποιήσουμε πώς οι θεραπευόμενοι χρειάζονται και θέλουν να δουλέψει η θεραπεία τους —πώς κατασκευάζουν τον θεραπευτικό χώρο συνειδητά και ασυνείδητα. Επειδή οι διαφορετικές επιστήμες της ψυχικής υγείας ορίζονται σε κάποιον βαθμό από διαφορετικές θεραπευτικές προσεγγίσεις, θα ξεκινήσουμε να εξερευνούμε τις διαμάχες των υποδειγμάτων μεταξύ των διαφορετικών παραδόσεων και προσεγγίσεων των ψυχολογικών θεραπειών και πώς να τις συνθέσουμε, σε εκείνα τα επίπεδα όπου η σύνθεση είναι εφικτή και επιθυμητή.  Έτσι θα έχουμε τη δυνατότητα να παρέχουμε μια συνολικά πλουραλιστική σύνθεση που να έχει ως βάση ένα ευρύ φάσμα θεραπειών από το οποίο να μπορούμε να εξατομικεύσουμε τον θεραπευτικό χώρο για κάθε συγκεκριμένο θεραπευόμενο. Ο Michael Soth διδάσκει σεμινάρια Συνεχιζόμενης Εκπαίδευσης Επαγγελματιών (CPD) στην Ελλάδα για πολλά χρόνια, δια ζώσης και διαδικτυακά. Στα σεμινάρια υπάρχει ένα σημαντικό θεωρητικό στοιχείο μέσα από διαφάνειες και φυλλάδια, ωστόσο ακόμα και στα διαδικτυακά σεμινάρια η έμφαση δίνεται στη βιωματική δουλειά, συχνά σε μικρές ομάδες, κάποιες φορές στο κέντρο της ομάδας, υπό τη μορφή role-play καταστάσεων ανάμεσα σε θεραπευτή-θεραπευόμενο. Εκπαιδευτικοί Στόχοι Για αυτό το σεμινάριο έχουμε διατυπώσει μια μακριά και λεπτομερή λίστα από πιθανούς εκπαιδευτικούς στόχους, κάποιους από τους οποίους οι συμμετέχοντες μπορεί να θέλουν να ακολουθήσουν. Σε συνάρτηση με τη δική σας προηγούμενη εμπειρία και κατανόηση, μπορείτε να βάλετε ως στόχους πολλούς από τους παρακάτω ή μπορεί να θέλετε να εστιάσετε σε λίγους που να σχετίζονται περισσότερο με τη δική σας εργασία: Να εκτιμήσετε βαθύτερα την πολύπλοκη ποικιλία του ψυχοθεραπευτικού πεδίου και τη δική μας μερική πορεία και θέση μέσα σε αυτό. Να διατυπώσετε τις ουσιαστικές συγκρούσεις και διαφορές που αποτελούν τη βάση της πληθώρας των θεωριών και τεχνικών και της πληθώρας των νοημάτων που οι άνθρωποι επενδύουν στην ιδέα της θεραπείας. Να αναγνωρίσετε ότι η ιδέα ενός ανθρώπου για τη θεραπεία αναδύεται από βαθιά επίπεδα της υποκειμενικότητάς του και όσο διαφορετική και αν είναι από τη δική μας, είναι χτισμένη πάνω σε έναν έγκυρο πυρήνα από κάτι που έχει βρει βοηθητικό στη ζωή του στο δικό του πλαίσιο αναφοράς. Να εκτιμήσετε ότι με το να επικυρώσετε τον πυρήνα της εμπειρίας ενός ανθρώπου, οικοδομούμε μια καλή βάση για ένα ενοποιητικό, ευρέως φάσματος αγκάλιασμα ολόκληρου του πεδίου της ψυχοθεραπείας. Να κατανοήσετε ότι οι θεραπευόμενοι και οι θεραπευτές διαμορφώνουν τις ιδέες της θεραπείας μέσα από τους φακούς των μοτίβων και των συνηθειών τους και συνεπώς μέσα από τα τραύματα και τις “άμυνές” τους. Να αναγνωρίσετε ότι και οι θεραπευόμενοι και οι θεραπευτές κατασκευάζουν τον θεραπευτικό χώρο —συνειδητά και ασυνείδητα— με αντιθετικούς τρόπους οι οποίοι αντανακλούν το πόσο διχασμένοι είμαστε εσωτερικά. Να συνειδητοποιήσετε ότι αυτό δημιουργεί μια τάση να χωρίζει το πεδίο σε προσεγγίσεις που εξιδανικεύουμε και προωθούμε έναντι άλλων που απορρίπτουμε. Να τοποθετήσετε τη δική σας θεραπευτική θέση/θέσεις κάπου εντός του φάσματος των διαφόρων αξόνων που ορίζονται από τις θεμελιώδεις εντάσεις και παράδοξα που δομούν το πεδίο της ψυχοθεραπείας. Να πειραματιστείτε με την πρόταση του Michael Soth για τη διάκριση ανάμεσα σε τρεις διαφορετικούς τρόπους αλλαγής, να εξερευνήσετε αν βγάζουν νόημα σε σχέση με τη δική σας εμπειρία και να τους εφαρμόσετε στην εργασία σας. Να μάθετε να αναγνωρίζετε τη συγκρουσιακή παρουσία και των τριών τρόπων αλλαγής στην παρουσίαση των θεραπευόμενων. Να κατανοήσετε ότι με το να αναγνωρίζετε τη συγκρουσιακή κατασκευή και των τριών τρόπων αλλαγής των θεραπευόμενων, παγιδευόμαστε λιγότερο στο είδος της θεραπείας που απαιτεί κατηγορηματικά το εγώ τους. Να ξεκινήσετε να αναγνωρίζετε σε ποια είδη εκπραξιών (enactments) παρασέρνει τον θεραπευτή η κατασκευή της θεραπείας από τους θεραπευόμενους. Να μάθετε να κρατάτε την ένταση ανάμεσα στους τρεις τρόπους αλλαγής και να κάνετε βήματα προς μια πιο ολοκληρωμένη θεραπευτική θέση. Να αναγνωρίσετε ότι με το να κρατάμε τη σύγκρουση των θεραπευόμενων ανάμεσα στους τρεις τρόπους αλλαγής μπορούμε να αρχίσουμε να “ράβουμε” τη θεραπεία στα μέτρα των θεραπευόμενων κατά τέτοιο τρόπο ώστε όλα τα συγκρουόμενα μέρη των θεραπευόμενων να νιώσουν ότι καλύφθηκαν και φροντίστηκαν. Απευθύνεται σε Επαγγελματίες και εκπαιδευόμενους ψυχικής υγείας  (ψυχολόγους, συμβούλους ψυχικής υγείας, ψυχοθεραπευτές κλπ.) Ημερομηνία & Ώρες Σεμιναρίου Σάββατο 5 — Κυριακή 6 Νοεμβρίου 2022, 15.00 - 21.00 Κόστος Συμμετοχής 165€ Κανονική εγγραφή 150€ Έγκαιρη εγγραφή μέχρι 28 Οκτωβρίου 50€ Υποτροφίες (Θα δοθούν 1-2 υποτροφίες ανάλογα με τα έσοδα του σεμιναρίου. Οι ενδιαφερόμενοι χρειάζεται να επικοινωνήσουν στον οργανωτή τους λόγους που αιτούνται την υποτροφία). Βιογραφικό Εκπαιδευτή Ο Michael Soth είναι Συνθετικός-Σχεσιακός Σωματικός ψυχοθεραπευτής, εκπαιδευτής και επόπτης . Έχει ως βάση την Οξφόρδη της Αγγλίας με 30 χρόνια εμπειρίας εργασίας και διδασκαλίας συνθετικής προσέγγισης. Αρχικά εκπαιδεύτηκε στο Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy στο Λονδίνο, όπου δούλεψε αργότερα ως Διευθυντής Εκπαίδευσης για 18 χρόνια. Ο Michael Soth εργάζεται από τη δεκαετία του 80 στο να ενοποιήσει τη ραϊχική και την ψυχαναλυτική παράδοση και είναι ένας διεθνώς αναγνωρισμένος εκπαιδευτής σε αυτό τον τομέα.  Αντλεί έννοιες, αρχές και τρόπους εργασίας από ένα ευρύ φάσμα ψυχοθεραπευτικών προσεγγίσεων και ψυχαναλυτικών και ανθρωπιστικών παραδόσεων, και τον ενδιαφέρει η θεραπευτική σχέση ως μια ψυχοσωματική διεργασία μεταξύ δυο ανθρώπων που είναι εξίσου πληγωμένοι και ακέραιοι. Έχει γράψει πολλά άρθρα και διάφορα κεφάλαια βιβλίων και είναι συχνά προσκεκλημένος ομιλητής σε συνέδρια. Ήταν ένας από τους επιμελητές του Handbook for Body Psychotherapy and Somatic Psychology που δημοσιεύτηκε το 2015. Σύνθεση ευρέος φάσματος μιας μεγάλης ποικιλίας θεραπευτικών προσεγγίσεων Παρακάτω βρίσκεται μία λίστα από τις προσεγγίσεις του Michael Soth, η οποία περιλαμβάνει τις εκπαιδεύσεις του με σχεδόν χρονολογική σειρά τα τελευταία 30 χρόνια: Οι σχολές της Σωματικής Ψυχοθεραπείας: Ραϊχική, νευροφυτοθεραπείας, βιοενεργειακής ανάλυσης, βιοδυναμική, βιοσύνθεση, somatic psychology κ.α. Ένα μεγάλο εύρος ανθρωπιστικών-συνθετικών προσεγγίσεων: Gestalt, Process-Oriented psychology, Breathwork και Rebirthing, Συναλλακτική Ανάλυση, Ψυχόδραμα κ.α. Επίσης υπαρξιακές προσεγγίσεις. Ψυχαναλυτικές, αντικειμενότροπες σχέσεις, ψυχολογία του Εαυτού, σχεσιακές προσεγγίσεις και διυποκειμενικότητας. Συστημικές: συστημικές αναπαραστάσεις και η συστημική προσέγγιση του Bert Hellinger όπως και θεωρία συστημάτων, θεωρία πολυπλοκότητας και προσεγγίσεις των φράκταλ. Υπερπροσωπική, Γιουγκιανή και αρχετυπική ψυχολογία, Ψυχοσύνθεση, Wilber, mindfulness. Κονστρουκτιβιστικές, συμπεριλαμβάνοντας τον Νευρογλωσσικό Προγραμματισμό (NLP) και την υπνοθεραπεία (Erickson). Γνωσιακά-Συμπεριφορικά (CBT) μοντέλα και τεχνικές. Somatic Trauma Θεραπείες, συμπεριλαμβανομένων των Rothschild, Levine (Somatic Experiencing), Ogden (sensori-motor) και EMDR. Στις μέρες μας πολλές από τις παραπάνω προσεγγίσεις έχουν συνδυαστεί σε καινούργιες υβριδικές μορφές και ο Michael στοχεύει να μένει ενημερωμένος για τις καινούργιες εξελίξεις. ΠΛΗΡΟΦΟΡΙΕΣ - ΔΗΛΩΣΕΙΣ ΣΥΜΜΕΤΟΧΗΣ Κιν. 6974789554 Email: info@gestaltsynthesis.gr Site: gestaltsynthesis.gr  FB: Gestalt, Σωματική, Συνθετική Ψυχοθεραπεία & Εκπαίδευση 20230121T150000 20230122T210000 0 Athens Zoom: Integrating the various disciplines and approaches of the psychological therapies free thumbnail;https://integra-cpd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Soth-2015-Integrating-disciplines-approaches-of-psychological-therapies.png;128;91;,medium;https://integra-cpd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Soth-2015-Integrating-disciplines-approaches-of-psychological-therapies.png;1562;1108; confirmed,Integrative Psychotherapy CPD,scheduled,Workshop tbc ai1ec-12711@integra-cpd.co.uk 20240715T120058Z All Counsellors & Psychotherapists,Large Groups (20 ),One-off CPD Events,Workshop Groups (10 ) Dimitris Tzachanis; 30 6974789554; info@gestaltsynthesis.gr; gestaltsynthesis.gr Free online Zoom Talk, followed by Q & A, in English with simultaneous translation into Greek Modern psychotherapy is about 125 years old - during that time it has grown and expanded from its origins in the late 19th century into the rich and diverse field of the psychological therapies that we have today, a fifth of the way into the first century of the new millennium. Beyond the traditional three great branches - psychoanalysis, behaviourism and the humanistic movement - we now have a dizzying and confusing multitude of approaches. Trying to transcend the limitations of the traditions, we now have many new hybrid approaches that combine bits and pieces from the whole history, often unknowingly reinventing the wheel. The fragmented field is hard to comprehend for us as practitioners, it's impossible to meaningfully navigate for a layperson. This isn’t a good state of affairs for the general public, nor for us as a profession. The feedback to us as a profession from the general public is equally confusing: some people say that therapy is the best thing ever, that it profoundly improves lives and everybody should have it; others say that therapy is damaging and dangerous and exploits human suffering with very little benefit to the client; many are indifferent and overwhelmed and put off by the confusion. On balance, the whole field of the psychological therapies these days is probably more or less as effective, dangerous or useless as it has been throughout the last 125 years. This is partly because some inherent limitations have dominated the field since its inception, and continue to do so. As a therapist, with sincere and good intentions - to alleviate unnecessary suffering and to support self-actualisation and fulfilment - how do you position yourself in the field and deliver therapy's true potential, or at least do justice to your claims? As a member of the general public, how do you orient yourself in this bazaar of promises and find the kind of human support that will deeply facilitate your life process? Having made psychotherapy his vocation in his early 20s, Michael has been engaged in the field for 40 years, as a client, therapist, supervisor, teacher and consultant. In this free talk, he will share his experience, and some of the conclusions he has come to: what are the important key principles that will enhance the learning, practising and teaching of therapy? He will spend about 40 minutes talking, followed by a question and answer session. 20230302T203000 20230302T220000 Zoom 0 Athens Zoom: What Do We Man By ‘Relational’? free thumbnail;https://integra-cpd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Soth-2015-Integrating-disciplines-approaches-of-psychological-therapies.png;128;91;,medium;https://integra-cpd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Soth-2015-Integrating-disciplines-approaches-of-psychological-therapies.png;1562;1108; confirmed,Integrative Psychotherapy CPD,scheduled,Workshop tbc ai1ec-12709@integra-cpd.co.uk 20240715T120058Z All Counsellors & Psychotherapists,Large Groups (20 ),One-off CPD Events,Workshop Groups (10 ) Dimitris Tzachanis; 30 6974789554; info@gestaltsynthesis.gr; gestaltsynthesis.gr Zoom CPD Weekend in English, with simultaneous translation into Greek Helping you address the five fundamental reasons and triggers for compassion fatigue through detailed and specific supervision with Michael and with each other There are some deep and profound reasons why the practice of therapy may be considered hazardous for the practitioner and their psycho-biological health. Most therapists intend and attempt to work in a way that deeply and profoundly affects their clients' suffering. However, in order to do this, therapists need to open wide the door of empathy. That door does not just have one direction - through it pass the mutual impacts that client and therapist have on each other. By engaging with their clients deeply, therapists enter into and also absorb their clients’ inner world, their conflicts, trauma and emotional pain. In a simple phrase which Michael has been using in his teaching for many years now: the client’s conflict becomes the therapist’s conflict (or in more psychoanalytic terms: bringing a holistic bodymind understanding to the countertransference, in order to access 'implicit relational knowing' and pre-reflexive intersubjectivity). Compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatisation, therapist burnout and how to digest and process the psychosomatic load which is necessarily part of our practice - these were the themes of a previous workshop (you can find the workshop description here) and a series of articles written by Michael which were published in the UK some years ago. Michael brings an embodied-relational perspective to these issues which are pervasive across the talking therapies, but cannot be understood or addressed comprehensively and effectively within a mind-over-body paradigm. Building on the ideas of this previous workshop, and re-visiting them briefly for the benefit of new participants, we will now apply them in some detail to your particular practice and way of working. Paragraph for previous participants: This workshop is an opportunity to deepen and experiment with your understanding as you apply your learning to your own practice and that of others. Participants from the previous workshop on the topic and those who are familiar with some of the material and ideas, will be invited to take the roles of observers and supervisors in relation to new group members who are joining for the first time. By challenging yourself to convey your learning to others, you will find yourself deepening your application of theory to practice.   20230311T150000 20230312T210000 Zoom 0 Athens Zoom: Dealing With Compassion Fatigue In Practice free thumbnail;https://integra-cpd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Soth-2015-Integrating-disciplines-approaches-of-psychological-therapies.png;128;91;,medium;https://integra-cpd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Soth-2015-Integrating-disciplines-approaches-of-psychological-therapies.png;1562;1108; confirmed,Integrative Psychotherapy CPD,scheduled,Workshop tbc ai1ec-12707@integra-cpd.co.uk 20240715T120058Z All Counsellors & Psychotherapists,Large Groups (20 ),One-off CPD Events,Workshop Groups (10 ) Dimitris Tzachanis; 30 6974789554; info@gestaltsynthesis.gr; gestaltsynthesis.gr Online CPD Weekend for practising counsellors, therapists, psychologists from across all the therapeutic approaches   May 27 & 28, 15.00 - 21.00 Greek time In English, with simultaneous translation into Greek Over the last 20 years or so, being ‘relational’ as a therapist has become not just accepted, but fashionable. Relational perspectives have had a significant impact across the field of psychotherapy. However, the wider its increasing influence has spread, the less clear it has become what we actually mean by ‘relational’. The default common denominator would be the recognition that in therapy it's the relationship between client and therapist that matters, and that the quality of that relationship is a significant indicator of outcome. However, whilst there is quite a lot of agreement that the therapeutic relationship and its ‘quality’ matters, this apparent consensus breaks down at the first hurdle: there is no such level of agreement as to what actually constitutes ‘quality of relationship’. On the contrary: there is a tendency for the traditional approaches to define ‘therapeutic relating’ predominantly within their own frame of reference, taking their own paradigm of relating for granted.So in this workshop we will enquire into the diverse and contradictory meanings of 'relationality', and clarify some fundamental questions: In what ways can we think of 'being relational’ as essential to making therapy work? But we also hear from dissatisfied clients as well as more medically oriented colleagues that apparently it can also ‘destroy’ therapy … how do we make sense of this? How and why is the client-therapist relationship claimed as crucial to the outcome of therapy? In what ways can this be considered to be fundamentally valid, and in which ways can it become unhelpful or idealising? When pressed, mostly ‘being relational’ tends to get equated with the therapist - rather than operating purely objectively just through the role of a doctor or clinician - getting more involved as a person, becoming more immediate, more subjective and more ‘authentic’ in their presence. But, again, the question is: what kind of authenticity and - in practice: self-disclosure - are we implying, and isn’t it self-evident that if it is powerful enough to ‘make' therapy, it can also ‘break' therapy? Or it’s assumed that ‘being relational’ is equivalent with being empathically reparative, providing accurate attunement (or interactive regulation of the client's traumatised psycho-neuro-biology) where in the past the client found it lacking. But how can a therapist claim to be repairing something in an all-accepting, all-nurturing way, unless they have previously judiciously identified and diagnosed a pathology or fault or flaw?What idea of relationship do the different therapeutic traditions have? How do these ideas clash and how do they complement each other? Is there a coherent frame around the contradictions, especially when we are attempting to become integrative? There is no getting away from the underlying paradox that embracing the therapist's subjectivity as a valid and necessary ingredient in a ‘two-person psychology' therapeutic process is a double-edged sword: if it can heal, then it also must have the capacity to wound, mustn't it? In this workshop, we will open up the diversity of meanings that have been given to the idea of 'being relational’ throughout the 100-odd year history of modern psychotherapy, and attempt an integration that doesn’t brush over the deep paradigm clashes and contradictions across the field, but uses these towards a deeper understanding of the client’s conflicted psyche.   Aims & Learning Objectives to understand the contradictory diversity of meanings, which have been given to the idea of being relational to become familiar with the different conceptualisations of the 'relational turn', and the paradigm shift beyond therapeutic theories and techniques, as proposed by Gomez, Stark and Clarkson to reflect on our own assumptions and perspective as a 'habitual position’ which we take and identify with within that diversity across the field of psychology and psychotherapy to learn to appreciate the validity and significance of other meanings of ‘relationally' beyond our own 'habitual position’ to understand the fundamental axes of disagreement across the field regarding the therapist's relational stance, and identify the basic assumptions which are driving contradictions, disagreement and polarisation, resulting in a fragmented field lacking coherence and integration to begin to appreciate how the diverse relational stances and relational modalities in existence across the field complement each other in responding to different and diverse client needs, and different aspects of the client's psyche to recognise the client's internal conflicts and conflicting needs, and how these set up dilemmas for the therapist, and for the therapist's relational stance to learn to use the therapist's conflict within these dilemmas as valid and precious information about the client's inner world (following the insights of the 'countertransference revolution’ since the 1950’s) to recognise that containment of the client's process by the therapist requires the attempt to do justice to all the conflicting aspects of the client's psyche to recognise that the therapist's relational stance is deeper, more fundamental, and prior to the use of theories and techniques, and therefore shapes their application in practice to experiment with different relational stances, beyond the therapist's habitual position, and how they might meet and contain different aspects of the client's psyche to begin to conceptualise the diversity of possible relational stances as complementing each other, forming a comprehensive whole of modalities, like a diamond with different facets to develop fluidity between the different relational modalities, by recognising their simultaneous presence within the therapeutic space to begin to appreciate the parallel process between the diversity of the client's psyche on the one hand and the diversity of the therapist’s relational stances on the other to develop confidence and authority in the therapeutic position through inhabiting more gracefully the therapist's conflicts and the underlying paradoxes of the therapeutic profession   ΔΙΑΔΙΚΤΥΑΚΟ ΕΚΠΑΙΔΕΥΤΙΚΟ ΒΙΩΜΑΤΙΚΟ ΣΕΜΙΝΑΡΙΟ Τι σημαίνει σχεσιακή ψυχοθεραπεία; Πώς να καταλάβω τη σχεσιακή θέση που θεραπεύει  με τον Michael Soth, Διεθνώς Αναγνωρισμένο Συνθετικό-Σχεσιακό Σωματικό Ψυχοθεραπευτή,  Εκπαιδευτή, Επόπτη με 30 χρόνια εμπειρίας  Διαδικτυακή Εισαγωγική Ομιλία με Ελεύθερη Είσοδο Τρίτη 9 Μαΐου, 20.30 —Το σεμινάριο και η ομιλία διεξάγονται στα αγγλικά με ταυτόχρονη μετάφραση— Τα τελευταία περίπου 20 χρόνια, το να είσαι “σχεσιακός” θεραπευτής δεν είναι πλέον μόνο αποδεκτό, αλλά και της μόδας. Η σχεσιακή οπτική έχει επηρεάσει σημαντικά όλον τον χώρο της ψυχοθεραπείας. Παρόλα αυτά, όσο περισσότερο επεκτείνεται η επιρροή της, τόσο λιγότερο ξεκάθαρο γίνεται το νόημα του “σχεσιακού”. Ο βασικός κοινός παρονομαστής είναι η αναγνώριση ότι αυτό που έχει σημασία στη θεραπεία είναι η σχέση ανάμεσα σε θεραπευόμενο και θεραπευτή και ότι η αποτελεσματικότητα της θεραπείας εξαρτάται από την ποιότητα αυτής της σχέσης. Παρόλα αυτά, ενώ η πλειοψηφία συμφωνεί ότι η θεραπευτική σχέση και η “ποιότητά” της έχει σημασία, αυτή η φαινομενική ομοφωνία καταρρέει με την πρώτη δυσκολία: δεν υπάρχει συμφωνία για το τι πραγματικά εννοούμε με “ποιότητα σχέσης”. Αντιθέτως, οι παραδοσιακές προσεγγίσεις έχουν την τάση να ορίζουν το “θεραπευτικό σχετίζεθαι” κυρίως μέσα από το δικό τους πλαίσιο αναφοράς, παίρνοντας ως δεδομένο το δικό τους υπόδειγμα για το “σχετίζεσθαι”. Σε αυτό το σεμινάριο θα διερευνήσουμε τα ποικίλα και αντικρουόμενα νοήματα του “σχετίζεσθαι” και θα ξεδιαλύνουμε κάποια θεμελιώδη ερωτήματα: Με ποιους τρόπους είναι απαραίτητο να είμαστε “σχεσιακοί” για να λειτουργήσει η θεραπεία; Ακούμε από δυσαρεστημένους θεραπευόμενους, όπως και από συναδέλφους με έναν πιο ιατρικό προσανατολισμό, ότι το να είμαστε σχεσιακοί μπορεί εξίσου να “καταστρέψει” τη θεραπεία… Πώς μπορούμε να κατανοήσουμε αυτή την αντίθεση; Πώς και γιατί ισχυριζόμαστε ότι η σχέση θεραπευτή-θεραπευόμενου είναι καθοριστική για το αποτέλεσμα της θεραπείας; Με ποιους τρόπους μπορεί αυτός ο ισχυρισμός να θεωρηθεί ότι είναι ουσιαστικά σωστός, με ποιους τρόπους μπορεί να γίνει προβληματικός ή να αποτελέσει προϊόν εξιδανίκευσης;  Αν επιμείνουμε στη διερεύνησή μας, τότε συνειδητοποιούμε ότι ένα μεγάλο μέρος του να “είμαστε σχεσιακοί” τείνει να εξισώνεται με τον θεραπευτή να συμμετέχει περισσότερο ως άνθρωπος, με το να έχει μια πιο άμεση, υποκειμενική και “αυθεντική” παρουσία στη συνεδρία (αντί να λειτουργεί καθαρά αντικειμενικά μόνο μέσα από τον ρόλο του γιατρού ή του ειδικού). Αλλά παραμένει το ερώτημα: τι είδος αυθεντικότητας -και πρακτικά αυτοαποκάλυψης- εννοούμε; Επίσης, δεν είναι προφανές ότι αν αυτή η στάση είναι αρκετά αποτελεσματική για να “κάνει” θεραπεία, τότε μπορεί επίσης και να “χαλάσει” τη θεραπεία; Ή μήπως θεωρείται ότι το να “είμαστε σχεσιακοί” είναι ισοδύναμο με το να δρούμε επιδιορθωτικά με ενσυναίσθηση, να παρέχουμε ακριβή συντονισμό (ή διαδραστική ρύθμιση της τραυματισμένης ψυχονευροβιολογίας του θεραπευόμενου), κάτι που έλειπε από το παρελθόν του. Αλλά πώς μπορεί ένας θεραπευτής να ισχυριστεί ότι επιδιορθώνει κάτι παρέχοντας ολοκληρωτική αποδοχή, ολοκληρωτική περίθαλψη αν δεν έχει πρωτύτερα προσδιορίσει και διαγνώσει σωστά μια παθολογία ή σφάλμα ή ελάττωμα; Τι είδος ιδέες για τη σχέση έχουν οι διαφορετικές θεραπευτικές παραδόσεις; Πώς αυτές οι ιδέες συγκρούονται και πώς αλληλοσυμπληρώνονται; Υπάρχει ένα συνεκτικό πλαίσιο κάτω από τις αντιθέσεις, ειδικά όταν προσπαθούμε να γίνουμε συνθετικοί; Δεν υπάρχει τρόπος να γλιτώσουμε από το υποκείμενο παράδοξο, δηλαδή ότι το να αγκαλιάσουμε την υποκειμενικότητα του θεραπευτή ως ένα πολύτιμο και απαραίτητο συστατικό στη θεραπευτική διαδικασία είναι δίκοπο μαχαίρι: αν μπορεί να θεραπεύσει, τότε δεν πρέπει επίσης να έχει και την ικανότητα να πληγώσει; Σε αυτό το σεμινάριο, θα εξετάσουμε την ποικιλία των νοημάτων που έχουν δοθεί στην ιδέα του να “είμαστε σχεσιακοί” κατά τη διάρκεια της ιστορίας των 100 χρόνων της σύγχρονης ψυχοθεραπείας και θα προτείνουμε μια σύνθεση που δεν προσπερνάει στα γρήγορα τις βαθιές συγκρούσεις και αντιθέσεις ανάμεσα στις ψυχοθεραπευτικές προσεγγίσεις και υποδείγματα, αλλά τις χρησιμοποιεί για να φέρει μια βαθύτερη κατανόηση του ψυχισμού του θεραπευόμενου που βρίσκεται σε σύγκρουση. Εκπαιδευτικοί Στόχοι & Αποτελέσματα Οι συμμετέχοντες θα έχουν τη δυνατότητα να: καταλάβουν τα αντικρουόμενα νοήματα που έχουν δοθεί στη ιδέα της σχεσιακής θεραπείας. αποκτήσουν οικειότητα με τις διαφορετικές έννοιες της “σχεσιακής στροφής” και την αλλαγή υποδείγματος πέρα από θεραπευτικές θεωρίες και τεχνικές, έτσι όπως έχει προταθεί από τους Gomez, Stark και Clarkson. αναστοχαστούν πάνω στις δικές τους υποθέσεις και την οπτική της “συνηθισμένης τους θέσης”, με την οποία ταυτίζονται  μάθουν να εκτιμούν την εγκυρότητα και τη σημασία των άλλων νοημάτων της “σχεσιακότητας” πέρα της δικής τους “συνηθισμένης θέσης”. καταλάβουν τους θεμελιώδεις άξονες διαφωνίας στον χώρο σχετικά με τη σχεσιακή στάση του θεραπευτή και θα προσδιορίσουν τις βασικές υποθέσεις που οδηγούν σε αντιθέσεις, διαφωνία και πόλωση. ξεκινήσουν να εκτιμούν πώς οι υπάρχουσες διαφορετικές σχεσιακές στάσεις και σχεσιακά μοντέλα του χώρου αλληλοσυμπληρώνονται καθώς ανταποκρίνονται σε διαφορετικές ανάγκες των θεραπευόμενων και διαφορετικών πτυχών του ψυχισμού τους. αναγνωρίσουν τις εσωτερικές συγκρούσεις του θεραπευόμενου και τις συγκρουόμενες ανάγκες του και πώς αυτές θέτουν διλήμματα για τον θεραπευτή και τη σχεσιακή του στάση. μάθουν να χρησιμοποιούν τη σύγκρουση του θεραπευτή μέσα από αυτά τα διλήμματα ως έγκυρη και πολύτιμη πηγή πληροφοριών για τον εσωτερικό κόσμο των θεραπευόμενων (ακολουθώντας τις ανακαλύψεις της επανάστασης της αντιμεταβίβασης του 1950). αναγνωρίσουν ότι η περίεξη της διαδικασίας του θεραπευόμενου από τον θεραπευτή απαιτεί την προσπάθεια να μην αδικήσει καμία από τις αντιμαχόμενες πλευρές του ψυχισμού του θεραπευόμενου. αναγνωρίσουν ότι η σχεσιακή στάση του θεραπευτή είναι βαθύτερη, πιο βασική και πιο πρώιμη από τη χρήση θεωριών και τεχνικών και κατά συνέπεια αυτή διαμορφώνει την πρακτική τους εφαρμογή. πειραματιστούν με διαφορετικές σχεσιακές στάσεις πέρα από τη “συνηθισμένη θέση” και πώς θα μπορούσαν να συναντήσουν και να περιέχουν διαφορετικές πτυχές του ψυχισμού του θεραπευόμενου. ξεκινήσουν να σκέφτονται την ποικιλία των πιθανών σχεσιακών στάσεων με τρόπο που να αλληλοσυμπληρώνονται, δημιουργώντας ένα ενιαίο σύνολο προσεγγίσεων, όπως ένα διαμάντι με διαφορετικές πλευρές. αναπτύξουν ευελιξία ανάμεσα στα διαφορετικά σχεσιακά μοντέλα, αναγνωρίζοντας την ταυτόχρονη παρουσία τους στον θεραπευτικό χώρο. ξεκινήσουν να εκτιμούν την παράλληλη διαδικασία ανάμεσα στην ποικιλία του ψυχισμού του θεραπευόμενου από τη μια πλευρά και την ποικιλία των σχεσιακών στάσεων του θεραπευτή από την άλλη. αναπτύξουν αυτοπεποίθηση και αυθεντία εντός της θεραπευτικής θέσης, με το να περιέχουν με μεγαλύτερη χάρη τις συγκρούσεις του θεραπευτή και τα υποκείμενα παράδοξα του επαγγέλματος της θεραπείας. Απευθύνεται σε Επαγγελματίες και εκπαιδευόμενους ψυχικής υγείας  (ψυχολόγους, συμβούλους ψυχικής υγείας, ψυχοθεραπευτές κλπ.) Ημερομηνία & Ώρες Σεμιναρίου Σάββατο 27 — Κυριακή 28 Μαΐου 2023, 15.00 - 21.00 Κόστος Συμμετοχής 165€ Κανονική εγγραφή 150€ Έγκαιρη εγγραφή μέχρι 19 Μαΐου 50€ Υποτροφίες (Θα δοθούν 1-2 υποτροφίες ανάλογα με τα έσοδα του σεμιναρίου. Οι ενδιαφερόμενοι χρειάζεται να επικοινωνήσουν στον οργανωτή τους λόγους που αιτούνται την υποτροφία). Διαδικτυακή Εισαγωγική Ομιλία με Ελεύθερη Είσοδο Τρίτη 9 Μαΐου, 20.30  Βιογραφικό Εκπαιδευτή  Ο Michael Soth είναι Συνθετικός-Σχεσιακός Σωματικός ψυχοθεραπευτής, εκπαιδευτής και επόπτης . Έχει ως βάση την Οξφόρδη της Αγγλίας με 30 χρόνια εμπειρίας εργασίας και διδασκαλίας συνθετικής προσέγγισης. Αρχικά εκπαιδεύτηκε στο Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy στο Λονδίνο, όπου δούλεψε αργότερα ως Διευθυντής Εκπαίδευσης για 18 χρόνια. Ο Michael Soth εργάζεται από τη δεκαετία του 80 στο να ενοποιήσει τη ραϊχική και την ψυχαναλυτική παράδοση και είναι ένας διεθνώς αναγνωρισμένος εκπαιδευτής σε αυτό τον τομέα.  Αντλεί έννοιες, αρχές και τρόπους εργασίας από ένα ευρύ φάσμα ψυχοθεραπευτικών προσεγγίσεων και ψυχαναλυτικών και ανθρωπιστικών παραδόσεων, και τον ενδιαφέρει η θεραπευτική σχέση ως μια ψυχοσωματική διεργασία μεταξύ δυο ανθρώπων που είναι εξίσου πληγωμένοι και ακέραιοι. Έχει γράψει πολλά άρθρα και διάφορα κεφάλαια βιβλίων και είναι συχνά προσκεκλημένος ομιλητής σε συνέδρια. Ήταν ένας από τους επιμελητές του Handbook for Body Psychotherapy and Somatic Psychology που δημοσιεύτηκε το 2015. Σύνθεση ευρέος φάσματος μιας μεγάλης ποικιλίας θεραπευτικών προσεγγίσεων Παρακάτω βρίσκεται μία λίστα από τις προσεγγίσεις του Michael Soth, η οποία περιλαμβάνει τις εκπαιδεύσεις του με σχεδόν χρονολογική σειρά τα τελευταία 30 χρόνια: Οι σχολές της Σωματικής Ψυχοθεραπείας: Ραϊχική, νευροφυτοθεραπείας, βιοενεργειακής ανάλυσης, βιοδυναμική, βιοσύνθεση, somatic psychology κ.α. Ένα μεγάλο εύρος ανθρωπιστικών-συνθετικών προσεγγίσεων: Gestalt, Process-Oriented psychology, Breathwork και Rebirthing, Συναλλακτική Ανάλυση, Ψυχόδραμα κ.α. Επίσης υπαρξιακές προσεγγίσεις. Ψυχαναλυτικές, αντικειμενότροπες σχέσεις, ψυχολογία του Εαυτού, σχεσιακές προσεγγίσεις και διυποκειμενικότητας. Συστημικές: συστημικές αναπαραστάσεις και η συστημική προσέγγιση του Bert Hellinger όπως και θεωρία συστημάτων, θεωρία πολυπλοκότητας και προσεγγίσεις των φράκταλ. Υπερπροσωπική, Γιουγκιανή και αρχετυπική ψυχολογία, Ψυχοσύνθεση, Wilber, mindfulness. Κονστρουκτιβιστικές, συμπεριλαμβάνοντας τον Νευρογλωσσικό Προγραμματισμό (NLP) και την υπνοθεραπεία (Erickson). Γνωσιακά-Συμπεριφορικά (CBT) μοντέλα και τεχνικές. Somatic Trauma Θεραπείες, συμπεριλαμβανομένων των Rothschild, Levine (Somatic Experiencing), Ogden (sensori-motor) και EMDR. Στις μέρες μας πολλές από τις παραπάνω προσεγγίσεις έχουν συνδυαστεί σε καινούργιες υβριδικές μορφές και ο Michael στοχεύει να μένει ενημερωμένος για τις καινούργιες εξελίξεις. ΠΛΗΡΟΦΟΡΙΕΣ - ΔΗΛΩΣΕΙΣ ΣΥΜΜΕΤΟΧΗΣ  Κιν. 6974789554 Email: info@gestaltsynthesis.gr Site: gestaltsynthesis.gr  FB: Gestalt, Σωματική, Συνθετική Ψυχοθεραπεία & Εκπαίδευση 20230527T150000 20230528T210000 Zoom 0 Athens Zoom: What Do We Man By ‘Relational’? free thumbnail;https://integra-cpd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Soth-2015-Integrating-disciplines-approaches-of-psychological-therapies.png;128;91;,medium;https://integra-cpd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Soth-2015-Integrating-disciplines-approaches-of-psychological-therapies.png;1562;1108; confirmed,Integrative Psychotherapy CPD,scheduled,Workshop tbc ai1ec-12728@integra-cpd.co.uk 20240715T120058Z All Counsellors & Psychotherapists,Large Groups (20 ),One-off CPD Events,Workshop Groups (10 ) Dimitris Tzachanis; info@gestaltsynthesis.gr Online CPD Zoom Weekend for practising counsellors, therapists, psychologists from across all the therapeutic approaches Sat & Sun, 13 & 14 April 2024, 15.00 – 21.00 EET in English (with expert simultaneous Greek translation) Organisation & Booking for therapists from Greece: Dimitris Tzachanis - info@gestaltsynthesis.gr Booking & Payment for therapists from UK, US and elsewhere: Michael Soth - michael.soth@gmail.com The therapist’s position: “I'm not a doctor.” Even though counsellors and psychotherapists are traditionally expected to focus predominantly on emotional, mental and verbal communications, many clients invariably do bring their physical and psychosomatic symptoms into the therapeutic space. After all, being ill and suffering symptoms and bodily pain very quickly goes beyond the physical and becomes an emotional issue, too. Illness makes us regress and we tend to feel helpless, scared or out of control, and most of us become more needy of emotional support. As therapists, we have, of course, no hesitation to offer that support, and that in itself is fairly straightforward. When symptoms, illness and disease come into the therapy room However, this workshop addresses those situations where the work goes beyond pure emotional support, and the therapist gets drawn into the tricky territory of the psycho-somatic and body-mind connection. Often, the recognition becomes unavoidable that the psychological and the somatic cannot remain neatly distinguished, but are in a constant mutually co-creative reciprocal feedback loop, in both illness and health. The psyche is embodied, and illness is a bodymind process: emotional conflict creates muscular tension and physiological stress; trauma creates intense neuro-biological activation affecting our hormonal and immune systems down into the microbiology of every cell. Our mental states are manifest and mapped into our bodies, and the state of our body in turn shapes and conditions our capacity for feeling and thought. It is now well established that developmental trauma early in life can create a life-long internal bodymind atmosphere that is detrimental to physical health and a predictor of chronic illness and psychosomatic symptoms later in life. Because emotional and mental well-being are so interconnected with physical health, maybe the client has a point when they are bringing their illness, physical symptoms and bodily suffering to the therapist? The minefield of the psychosomatic connection So how can the field of therapy keep its task and focus only on the psychological processes as entirely separate from the body and its tendencies to manifest the emotional and mental subjective realities? How can the therapist turn a blind eye to the element of emotional suffering inherent in psychosomatic symptoms and illness? As many practitioners know, this can become a minefield: on the one hand the client easily feels accused and shamed, as if the message is that they have created their own symptom and are responsible for it. In reaction against this common guilt and shame, many clients feel relieved by the idea that their illness is a purely organic, genetic, random physical affliction that can happen to anybody and has no emotional correspondence at all. The first category of clients feels totally responsible for their own symptom in an exaggerated irrational way, the second category refuses all connection and accountability in an exaggerated irrational way. Getting involved with the body-mind problem in health and illness As therapists we get caught and involved in these dualisms which are part and parcel of the client’s inner world. We cannot refuse to get entangled with these dichotomies, without the client feeling that we have removed ourselves to a comfortably safe, disengaged position, where we restrict ourselves to dealing with the psyche and leave the medical profession to deal with the body. The client will feel that this is an artificial distinction that fails to engage with the body-mind-psyche wholeness of their experience. They can only feel held by our care if we actively relate to the totality of their reality, and what matters to them. Physical pain and symptoms, psychosomatic disease and illness constitute a significant part of human suffering, and our clients need us to engage profoundly and competently. The validity of the psychosomatic connection With some illnesses - like hypertension, chest and heart problems, digestive illnesses, symptoms of the immune system - it is scientifically established that emotional stress contributes to their origin. With many other psychosomatic problems, like all kinds of pain, tinnitus, insomnia, chronic fatigue and many other unexplained symptoms, it is known that the intensity of the suffering can be ameliorated through psychological therapy that addresses the regulation and expression of emotion and de-stresses the mind. Stress is the catchall phrase that supposedly explains the influence of our psychological body-emotion-mind state on illness. However, what is less well understood, is how our bodymind does not just respond to stresses in our current situation and lifestyle, but carries accumulated stress from the past, reaching all the way back to childhood. A holistic and bio-social-psychological understanding of stress needs to include lifelong patterns of the bodymind including developmental injury and trauma (what Wilhelm Reich originally called character structures). Sometimes clients bring psychosomatic illness as a presenting issue to the therapy, sometimes these symptoms actually evolve in direct response to the unfolding therapeutic process, and the therapist gets implicated in them, e.g. “After last session I had a headache for three days!” Direct links to body sensations and symptoms as well as body image come up as part of our work in sessions every day, in so many ways: tangible pains, tensions, trembling and shaking, breathing difficulties (hyperventilation, asthma), the physical side of unbearable feelings like panic, rage, dread or terror. There are obvious somatic aspects to presenting issues such as eating disorders or addictions. And then there are the psychological implications of actual, sometimes terminal, illnesses and psychosomatic symptoms and dis-ease. The integration of embodied and relational ways of working How do we work with these issues and symptoms in psychotherapy? What experiential ways of working are available to us, to include the client’s ‘felt sense’, their embodied self states, their body awareness and sensations, their physiological experience in our interaction with them? Through including body-oriented ways of working into the talking therapies, we can learn to work with many of these symptoms more directly, more deeply and more effectively (as well as learning to recognise situations where the hope of ‘curing’ illness through psychology is an unreasonable idealisation). This CPD workshop is designed to expand your understanding of the bodymind connection as well as offering a wide range of creative and body-oriented techniques to include in your practice. It will give you a framework for thinking about the role of the body as it is relevant in your own style of therapeutic work, based upon the different ways in which clients as well as therapists relate to ‘the symptom’. Throughout the workshop, we will use roleplay of actual issues and dilemmas brought up by your clients. We will also identify and practice ways in which you can explore the emotional function and 'meaning' of your client's physical symptom or illness. The 10 ways of relating to the (psychosomatic) symptom Michael has been working with the psychological and bodymind connection of illness and psychosomatic symptoms for many years. In the 1990s he initiated a project called 'Soul in Illness', offering an integrative psychotherapeutic perspective, drawing on the wisdom which the different therapeutic approaches have accumulated regarding illness, both in terms of theoretical understanding and practical ways of working. He has run CPD workshops for therapists on ‘Working with Illness’ many times, and has developed a relational and embodied way of engaging with the client’s bodymind. In 2005 he presented for the first time his model of ‘10 ways of relating to the symptom’, which addresses the client’s own relationship to their symptom, as well as giving an overview of the different stances taken by therapists in the various therapeutic approaches that correspond to each of the ways of relating to the symptom. These ten ways of relating to the symptom, including the corresponding theoretical understandings as well as methods and techniques for intervention, will form the underlying framework for this workshop. This framework is now almost 30 years old, and has stood the test of time. It is based on the principle that all ten different ways of relating to the symptom are therapeutically valid, but all of them are also limited and partial, and they all can be used defensively and therefore become misleading and dangerous in degrees. It is only their comprehensive integration which brings out their full potential, in concert with all the other - very different, sometimes contradictory but equally valid - ways of relating to the symptom. Over the weekend, we will clarify what these ten different relationships are, how to be sensitive to all of them as well as fluid between them. This requires an appreciation of all the different techniques and ideas which different psychotherapeutic approaches have developed over the last 100 years in relation to illness. Drawing on a wide range of humanistic and psychoanalytic approaches (including Body Psychotherapy, Process-oriented Psychology, various schools of psychoanalysis and Jungian perspectives) as well as the holistic paradigm underpinning most complementary therapies, we will weave together an interdisciplinary bodymind approach which is applicable within the therapeutic relationship as we know it in counselling and psychotherapy. Format, learning environment and scope of the weekend This will be an online Zoom weekend, organised in Greece for Greek therapists, but taking place in English with simultaneous Greek translation, so all English-speaking therapists from across the planet are invited. Michael's work and workshops are integrative, therefore suitable and of interest for therapists from across the diverse therapeutic approaches and traditions. It will be most likely the participants will bring very different levels of experience to this workshop - we will try to do justice to this and attempt to try and turn that problem into a productive feature of our work together. Although we will be online, communicating via computer screens, Michael's teaching and workshops aim to be as experiential as possible within these limitations. Over the course of the weekend, Michael will invite participants to volunteer examples from their work for supervision demonstrations in the middle of the group. Some of the work will take place in small groups. Experiential work and theoretical input and discussions as well as group process and skills practice will interweave in response to the emerging needs and priorities of the group and its participants. We want to be especially mindful of confidentiality, and commit to a shared undertaking that nothing from the workshop will be indiscreetly shared with others, other than your very own personal-professional responses to the workshop. Based on that understanding, we are proposing to record the workshop, so the recording can be shared amongst participants for future reference. Some of the possible learning objectives: sharpen and enhance your perceptiveness of non-verbal processes in general, and those relevant to the symptom in particular; begin to understand the two-way communication between body and mind, and the holistic foundation of the psychosomatic connection; learn to notice and monitor the 'charge' of the client's bodymind, as well as the mechanisms of how the 'charge' is diluted and how that conflict is communicated learn to apprehend the symptom in the context of the client's characterological organisation; take steps towards recognising the atmosphere, narrative and dynamic of the client's body-mind relationship; understand the framework of the ten ways of relating to the symptom, and learn to apply it in practice, being able to identify the currently dominant way of relating to the symptom which the client is manifesting; begin to appreciate the symbolic communication of the body in illness, and its poetic dreambody psycho-logic; learn how to facilitate here & now 'felt sense' exploration of the symptom; Michael Soth  - biography and background Michael Soth is an integral-relational Body Psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor, who studied, lived and worked in the UK between 1982 and 2021. During those four decades, he taught on a variety of counselling and therapy training courses, alongside working as Training Director at the Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy. Inheriting concepts, values and ways of working from both psychoanalytic and humanistic traditions, he is interested in the therapeutic relationship as a bodymind process between two people who are both wounded and whole. In his work and teaching, he integrates an unusually wide range of psychotherapeutic approaches, working towards full-spectrum integration of all therapeutic modalities and approaches, each with their gifts, wisdoms and expertise as well as their shadow aspects, fallacies and areas of obliviousness. His original training at Chiron in the early 1980’s was based on body-oriented holistic psychotherapy, strongly rooted in the Reichian and post-Reichian tradition (including Alexander Lowen's Bioenergetics, David Boadella's Biosynthesis and Gerda Boyesen's Biodynamic Psychology). These approaches gave him a strong grounding in bottom-up, energetic, bodymind ways of thinking and working, which were supplemented by Gestalt, Process-oriented Psychology and a variety of complementary holistic bodywork therapies. Towards the end of the 1980s - through his practice and his own process - he began developing psychoanalytic understandings across a variety of psychodynamic orientations, including Jungian analytic psychology and Hillman's archetypal psychology. During the 1990s, he became one of the early pioneers of psychotherapy integration in the UK, reaching further into other traditions and approaches like existential, systemic and family constellations. In the mid-1990s he initiated the holistic health consultancy, a project exploring soul in illness, offering a unique integrative holistic approach to psychosomatic symptoms, dis-ease and chronic illness. Based on his experiences and work with clients who came to him through this avenue, he began distinguishing the 10 different relationships to the symptom, which form the foundation for this workshop which was previously entitled "Working with Illness in Psychotherapy". For many years he used to run this workshop annually, for counsellors and psychotherapists from across the various approaches, supporting their attempts to integrate bodymind perspectives and bottom-up ways of working into the talking therapies. Over the last 25 years, the somatic trauma therapies have made these perspectives and ways of working much more accessible and widespread; however, they often do not include psychoanalytic, systemic and relational considerations in their work with the body's spontaneous processes. Therefore, in many regards, this weekend offers an original and still rare opportunity to transcend the limitations of the fragmented traditions as we find them in the field of psychotherapy, as well as the dualistic assumptions and paradigms inherent in the talking therapies. In 2021 Michael left the UK, and is now living near the rainforest in Central America, where he continues to work online as well as building a sustainable regenerative retreat and refuge, which will host workshops and trainings in the future. He has written numerous articles and is a frequent presenter at conferences. He is co-editor of the Handbook of Body Psychotherapy and Somatic Psychology, published in 2015. Extracts from his published writing as well as hand-outs, blogs and summaries of presentations are available through his website for INTEGRA CPD: www.integra-cpd.co.uk. Fees 150€  VAT until March 10 210€  VAT until March 30 270€  VAT until workshop date April 13 20240413T130000 20240414T190000 0 Athens Zoom: Embodied & Relational Ways of Working with Psychosomatic Illness & Dis-ease in Psychotherapy free thumbnail;https://integra-cpd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Soth2005_10_Rships_to_Symptom.jpg;128;90;,medium;https://integra-cpd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Soth2005_10_Rships_to_Symptom.jpg;541;380; confirmed,Integrative Psychotherapy CPD,scheduled,Workshop tbc ai1ec-12233@integra-cpd.co.uk 20240715T120058Z All Counsellors & Psychotherapists,Training Courses,Workshop Groups (10 ) Michael Soth; 44 1865 725 205; info@integra-cpd.co.uk Finding your own style within the spectrum of 21st-century psychotherapy   “Beyond our ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about.” Rumi In this session I will invite you to explore the therapeutic space beyond notions of right or wrong, beyond ideas of best theory, correct technique, practice by the book or manual. I will invite you to use all your faculties, all your knowledge, all your woundedness and sensitivity to get a flavour of your own therapeutic style, that is free to draw fluidly and integratively from the wealth of therapeutic knowledge and expertise humans have accumulated. As C.G. Jung said: “There should only be one Jungian therapist – me.” Everybody else - including you and me - we need to find our own style, rooted in our own relational complexity and embodied in our own history, wounds and limitations as well as gifts and potential. As we can only find this in the moment, rather than through thinking or theory only, this session will weave between experience and reflection, between skills practice and discussion, engaging you with your next step at your growing edge.   We may draw from the following themes what seems most relevant and urgent. Creating an open, inviting therapeutic space ‘Nothing human is foreign to me.’ What gets in the way of full engagement? What limits the client’s experience of the therapeutic space? Phenomenological enquiry into the therapist’s internal process: how is the therapist behaving habitually in ways that are, for example, fixed, limited, restrained, unresponsive or overly-giving? Focussing on the therapist’s ‘construction’ of the therapeutic space. Creating an effective transformative therapeutic space ‘Allowing the client’s unconscious to construct me as an object.’ What limits a full and deeply transformative process? Phenomenological enquiry into the therapist’s external effects: how are the therapist’s responses/interventions countertherapeutic? The doctor-friend polarity therapy as treatment (‘medical model’) versus therapy as collusive friendship objectifying/pathologising versus colluding/avoidant therapy as relationship objectifying – differentiating – identifying – colluding The client’s conflict: habitual mode versus emergency ‘something desperately has to happen’ – ‘nothing has to happen/nothing to be imposed’ the client’s character conflicts / the ego-Self axis A broad-spectrum integration of approaches The shattered and fragmented postmodern wholeness Drawing on the gifts and wisdom of the whole field (fragmentation of the field reflects the fragmented modern psyche – the integration of the client’s psyche into wholeness requires the integration of the whole field) The history of schisms and conflicts in the psychotherapeutic field and how it affects us now integration and dis-integration cherry-picking approaches versus full-spectrum integration therapeutic approach cannot be grasped by theory and technique – underlying implicit relational stance The therapist’s habitual, wounded, fixed position Moving beyond a one-dimensional therapeutic position The wounded healer position The therapist’s habitual position – inheriting the wounds of our family ancestors, our therapeutic ancestors, or cultural ancestors … The therapist’s shadow The dangers of integration Shifting from therapeutic approaches to relational modalities Gomez, Stark, Clarkson, Michael’s Diamond model: what kind of therapeutic relatedness? Gomez: humanistic ‘alongside’ stance versus psychodynamic ‘opposite’ stance Stark: ‘one-person psychology’, ‘one-and-a-half-person psychology’, ‘two-person psychology’ Clarkson: working alliance – authentic – reparative – transference/countertransference - transpersonal Michael’s Diamond model: include ‘medical model’ understanding identifications - projective identification – transference and countertransference as systemic bodymind processes Transcending dualisms and binaries into paradox the relational paradox: transcending treatment versus relationship dualism = paradox of enactment I-it and I-I relating the bodymind paradox: transcending mind-over-body versus body-over-mind dualism = embodiment/disembodiment paradox the central paradox of therapy: the healing of the client’s wounding is inseparable from the enactment of wounding in and through therapy. The fractal self: a chain of nested matrices of parallel process integrative/integral relational embodied systemic paradoxical   20250305T100000 20250305T170000 0 Proposed CPD workshop: Engaging beyond therapeutic approach external thumbnail;https://integra-cpd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Event_Images/Narcissus.jpg;128;73;,medium;https://integra-cpd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Event_Images/Narcissus.jpg;600;342; proposed,Workshop £90 to £100 per day ai1ec-12202@integra-cpd.co.uk 20240715T120058Z All Counsellors & Psychotherapists,One-off CPD Events,Workshop Groups (10 ) The bodymind connection in working with psychosomatic and physical symptoms A weekend workshop in Athens with Michael Soth Even though counsellors and psychotherapists are traditionally expected to focus on emotional, mental and verbal communications, many clients invariably do bring their physical and psychosomatic symptoms into the session. Through including body-oriented ways of working into the talking therapies, we can learn to work with many of these symptoms more directly, more deeply and more effectively (and recognise other situations where the hope of curing illness through psychology is an unreasonable idealisation). This CPD workshop is designed to expand your understanding of the bodymind connection as well as offering a wide range of creative and body-oriented techniques to include in your practice. With some illnesses - like hypertension, chest and heart problems, digestive illnesses, symptoms of the immune system - it is scientifically established that emotional stress contributes to their origin. With many other psychosomatic problems, like all kinds of pain, tinnitus, insomnia, chronic fatigue and many other unexplained symptoms, it is known that the intensity of the suffering can be ameliorated through psychological therapy that addresses the regulation and expression of emotion and de-stresses the mind. Stress is the catchall phrase that supposedly explains the influence of our psychological body-emotion-mind state on illness. However, what is less well understood, is how our bodymind does not just respond to stresses in our current situation and lifestyle, but carries accumulated stress from the past, reaching all the way back to childhood. A holistic and bio-social-psychological understanding of stress needs to include lifelong patterns of the bodymind including developmental injury and trauma (what Wilhelm Reich originally called character structures). Sometimes clients bring psychosomatic illness as a presenting issue to the therapy, sometimes these symptoms actually evolve in direct response to the unfolding therapeutic process, and the therapist gets implicated in them, e.g. “After last session I had a headache for three days!” Direct links to body sensations and symptoms as well as body image come up as part of our work in sessions every day, in so many ways: tangible pains, tensions, trembling and shaking, breathing difficulties (hyperventilation, asthma), the physical side of unbearable feelings like panic, rage, dread or terror. There are obvious somatic aspects to presenting issues such as eating disorders or addictions. And then there are the psychological implications of actual, sometimes terminal, illnesses and psychosomatic symptoms and dis-ease.   How do we work with these issues and symptoms in psychotherapy? What ways are available to us for including the client’s ‘felt sense’, their embodied self states, their body awareness and sensations, their physiological experience in the interaction ? This workshop will give you a framework for thinking about the role of the body as it is relevant in your own style of therapeutic work, based upon the different ways in which clients as well as therapists relate to ‘the symptom’. Throughout the workshop, we will use roleplay of actual issues and dilemmas brought up by your clients. We will also identify and practice ways in which you can explore the emotional function and 'meaning' of your client's physical symptom or illness. Drawing on a wide range of humanistic and psychoanalytic approaches (including Body Psychotherapy, Process-oriented Psychology, various schools of psychoanalysis and Jungian perspectives) as well as the holistic paradigm underpinning most complementary therapies, we will weave together an interdisciplinary bodymind approach which is applicable within the therapeutic relationship as we know it in counselling and psychotherapy.   Michael has been working with the psychological and bodymind connection of illness and psychosomatic symptoms for many years. In the 1990s he initiated a project called 'Soul in Illness', offering an integrative psychotherapeutic perspective, drawing on the wisdom which the different therapeutic approaches have accumulated regarding illness, both in terms of theoretical understanding and practical ways of working. He has run CPD workshops for therapists on ‘Working with Illness’ many times, and has developed a relational and embodied way of engaging with the client’s bodymind. In 2005 he presented for the first time his model of ‘8 ways of relating to the symptom’, which addresses the client’s own relationship to their symptom, as well as giving an overview of the different stances taken by the therapist in the various therapeutic approaches that correspond to each of the ways of relating to the symptom. These eight ways of relating to the symptom, including the corresponding theoretical understandings as well as methods and techniques for intervention, will form the underlying framework for this workshop.   20250521T100000 20250522T180000 +37.98381;+23.727539 0 Proposed CPD workshop: Working with Illness in Psychotherapy external thumbnail;https://integra-cpd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/working-with-illness-bear-in-pain.jpg;176;176,medium;https://integra-cpd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/working-with-illness-bear-in-pain.jpg;176;176,large;https://integra-cpd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/working-with-illness-bear-in-pain.jpg;176;176,full;https://integra-cpd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/working-with-illness-bear-in-pain.jpg;176;176 Body-oriented Psychotherapy CPD,proposed,Workshop tbc ai1ec-926@www.integra-cpd.co.uk/integra-cpd.co.uk 20240715T120058Z All Counsellors & Psychotherapists,Training Courses,Workshop Groups (10 ) Michael Soth; 44 1865 725 205; info@integra-cpd.co.uk Now he worships at an altar of a stagnant pool And when he sees his reflection, he’s fulfilled Oh, man is opposed to fair play He wants it all and he wants it his way. Bob Dylan: License To Kill   Narcissism has a reputation for being notoriously difficult to engage with in therapy, for a variety of good reasons, not least because the very idea of ‘needing’ therapy is a humiliating insult to the grandiose self. As one of the key modern ‘disturbances of the self’, narcissism has replaced Victorian repression as the psychological disease of the age, which means that the original theories of our discipline from 100 years ago no longer quite apply. As a dominant collective issue, as exhibited by the celebrity culture all over the world and all over the media, the term ‘narcissism’ has entered pop psychology and lost all precision and meaning. In order to be clinically useful, we need to have a clear, circumscribed definition of narcissism, and its origins and manifestations. Beyond commonplace over-simplifications, the various therapeutic traditions have widely divergent ideas and theories about narcissism, leading to quite contradictory recommendations for therapists. More than many other issues, therefore, narcissism requires an integrative stance, that can draw insights and understanding from the various approaches and combine them, to provide a comprehensive understanding and therapeutic response. Because the narcissist tries to approximate an image of perfection (attempting to manifest a grandiose self), this leads to a chameleon-like disconnection from the body, and an objectifying, ‘perfecting’ treatment of it. For many celebrities, the body becomes an advertisement of the False Self, treated like one more fashion accessory. More than many other issues, therefore, narcissism calls for an embodied therapy, reconnecting the person to pleasurable, ordinary human reality, rather than pursuing the delusions of a disembodied virtual self. Because the narcissist was emotionally ‘used’ by their parent(s), their individuality was never fully seen and mirrored. Therefore, in the moment where we apply a generic diagnostic label and put the narcissist into the same category with many others, we are re-inflicting a lack of individual mirroring. More than any other issue, narcissism reveals some of the shadow aspects and weaknesses of our discipline. In order to make therapy possible, we cannot afford to rely on a reasonable and supposedly realistic ego-ego alliance: we need a working alliance both with the wounded, insignificant self as well as the inflated grandiose self. This course will provide condensed understanding extracted from the various therapeutic approaches, specifically drawing from and integrating the various psychoanalytic, the humanistic-embodied and the Jungian traditions. We will combine the theoretical input with practical, experiential work, based upon vignettes and case illustrations volunteered by participants, to explore how these ideas may be applied in practice. We will be drawing on the following literature: Jacoby, Mario (2013, Reprint edition) Individuation and Narcissism: The Psychology of Self in Jung and Kohut. Routledge. Johnson, S. M. (1987) Humanizing the Narcissistic Style. W.W. Norton. Johnson, S. M. (1994) Character Styles. W.W. Norton. Kohut, H. (2009) The Analysis of the Self: A Systematic Approach to the Psychoanalytic Treatment of Narcissistic Personality Disorders. Kohut, H. (2009) The Restoration of the Self. Kernberg, O. (1984) Severe Personality Disorders: Psychotherapeutic Strategies. Yale University Press. Kernberg, O. (1996) Borderline Conditions and Pathological Narcissism. Jason Aronson. Otto Kernberg, On Narcissism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyP92WLLqIU ; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeVMtZns5Pw Lowen, A. (2004) Narcissism: Denial of the True Self. Touchstone. Schwartz-Salant, N. (1982) Narcissism and Character Transformation. Inner City Books. Shaw, D. (2013) Traumatic Narcissism: Relational Systems of Subjugation. Routledge. Twenge, J.M. & Campbell, W.K. (2010) The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement. Free Press. 20250521T100000 20250521T170000 0 Proposed CPD workshop: Narcissism in Therapy external thumbnail;https://integra-cpd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Event_Images/Narcissus.jpg;128;73;,medium;https://integra-cpd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Event_Images/Narcissus.jpg;600;342; proposed,Workshop £90 to £100 per day