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Workshop in Athens: Embodied Dimensions of Transference, Countertransference & Supervision

For the leaflet in Greek, please scroll to the bottom of this page ... Engaging with therapeutic impasses, breakdowns and stuckness by integrating non-verbal communication, somatic processes and ‘implicit relational knowing’ “How can we use our own embodied awareness and our perception of the client's bodymind to maximise our understanding of the intersubjective dynamics in [...]

By | December 30th, 2016|General Blog Posts|0 Comments

Book Review: “Bullshit in Psychotherapy” by George Steinfeld

This is a sweet and interesting book, with an obviously attractive title (well - attractive to me!), written as an autobiographical look back over his professional life as a therapist by the 80-year-old George Steinfeld. It is exceptional in its honesty, and it pulls no punches about delivering some uncomfortable home truths about this profession [...]

By | September 11th, 2016|General Blog Posts|0 Comments

What’s my book going to be about?

Many of you know that I am planning to take off the spring term of 2017 in order to start writing a book. There are several books in my mind which I think deserve to be written, but as I have previously struggled when writing longer pieces like that, for my first book I have [...]

By | September 11th, 2016|INTEGRA News|0 Comments

Integrative Trauma Therapy – 3 CPD Workshops in Oxford with Morit Heitzler

Are these workshops for me? These workshops are designed for practising counsellors and therapists who have some previous training and experience with trauma work. They might best be described as ‘intermediate’ workshops, for therapists who have completed basic training in one of the modern trauma therapies (like Somatic Trauma Therapy (Babette Rothschild), Somatic Experiencing [...]

By | September 4th, 2016|INTEGRA News|0 Comments

Exeter: Body-oriented CPD Weekend Group 2017 with Nick Totton & Michael

This weekend CPD group, organised by experienced TA therapist Judy Shaw in Devon around Exeter, will run over 4 weekends during 2017, with 2 weekends led by Nick Totton and 2 by Michael Soth. The weekends will take place at Judy's place in Offwell near Honiton. This is the second year that this series is [...]

By | August 23rd, 2016|INTEGRA News|0 Comments

What do we mean by ‘relational’?

Over the last 15 years or so, 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 [...]

By | June 16th, 2016|General Blog Posts, INTEGRA News, Michael's CPD Blog|0 Comments

A Multiplicity of Relational Modalities – 25 years on

Part 1: Integrating ideas on relational stances from Gomez, Stark & Clarkson Introduction: Clarkson’s seminal contribution I sometimes get asked why I put such emphasis in my teaching on relational modalities - an idea first formulated in a paper by Petruska Clarkson in 1990. Because it is such a well-known model, that has formed the [...]

By | April 4th, 2016|Michael's CPD Blog|Comments Off on A Multiplicity of Relational Modalities – 25 years on

Potentials and Pathologies of Character Structure Theory

Michael Soth: European Congress of Body Psychotherapy: the Embodied Self in a dis-Embodied Society: A presentation proposal A presentation addressing the shadow aspects of this central theoretical model of our tradition Character Structure theory is a central element of Body Psychotherapy, building on Reich’s monumental achievement to bring together biology and psychology through his notion [...]

By | February 27th, 2016|General Blog Posts|0 Comments

Relational Modalities in the History of Body Psychotherapy

(from my chapter "Transference, Countertransference and Supervision in the Body Psychotherapy tradition" in: The Handbook of Body Psychotherapy and Somatic Psychology)   I have been asked a few times for a brief summary regarding relationality in Body Psychotherapy - here's a very condensed paragraph from the above chapter:   A Multiplicity of Relational Modalities in [...]

By | February 24th, 2016|General Blog Posts|0 Comments

Beyond antagonising: towards a mature integration of embodiment and dis-embodiment

European Congress of Body Psychotherapy: the Embodied Self in a dis-Embodied Society: A keynote proposal This keynote proposal aims at re-defining and refining our notion of ‘embodiment’ in non-polarising terms that are actually helpful in transcending Cartesian dualism As the title of our conference suggests, Body Psychotherapy has always found itself in a counter-cultural position, [...]

By | February 23rd, 2016|General Blog Posts|0 Comments

‘In Therapy’ with Susie Orbach (radio series on Channel 4)

Listen to 'In Therapy' with Susie Orbach: 5 episodes (15 minutes each) "Psychotherapist Susie Orbach explores the private relationship between therapist and patient. We join Susie in her consulting room, where she meets a different client each day.   All of the clients are played by actors, but these are not scripted scenes. Each client [...]

By | February 17th, 2016|INTEGRA News|0 Comments

How to Improve Access to ALL the Psychological Therapies?

The 'IAallPT' project: towards a multi-disciplinary, multi-modality mental health and well-being service How can we make a broad-spectrum therapeutic response accessible and available to the community? A year ago, after much preparation, my colleague Justin Smith initiated the Oxfordshire Therapy & Self-Development Centre (OTS). Now, in 2016, we have a vibrant and growing community of [...]

By | February 9th, 2016|General Blog Posts|0 Comments

“And So It Goes On” – a story of one therapy by Russell Rose

Sat in the waiting room of the clinic, wide-eyed big-haired and spindly-limbed, David’s anxiety was a presenting feature, most apparent in the firmness with which he was pressing the palms of his hands into his thighs, giving me the impression that his legs would shake furiously otherwise. Despite being fashionably well-dressed, he seemed [...]

By | January 28th, 2016|General Blog Posts|0 Comments

Visionary psychoanalyst Harold Searles has died

Harold Searles has died - see obituary and commentaries on this visionary psychoanalyst. There is also a piece of writing by a psychoanalyst who herself was in analysis with Searles, and describes it in glowing terms, revealing both the limitations of the sub-cultural context of the discipline at the time as well as glimpses of [...]

By | November 28th, 2015|INTEGRA News|0 Comments

Commentary and critique of introductory chapter of Martha Stark’s 1999 “Modes of Therapeutic Action”

Martha Stark (1999) “Modes of Therapeutic Action” A summary of the introductory chapter to the book, with commentary and critique by Michael Soth © 2015 I have been using Martha Stark’s book “Modes of Therapeutic Action” for some time as one of the main texts for exploring the fundamental ideas and principles of the relational [...]

By | November 13th, 2015|Michael's CPD Blog|0 Comments

IARPP Conference 2016 Rome, Italy 9 – 12 June 2016

The International  Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Conference - IARPP 2016 ROME, ITALY The Arts of Time: Relational Psychoanalysis and Forms of Vitality in Clinical Process In these recent years psychoanalysis has been dealing more and more with the exploration of the therapeutic process and the implicit dimension of the clinical exchange. A relational [...]

By | November 10th, 2015|INTEGRA News|0 Comments