Relevant to counsellors and psychotherapists of all approaches and modalities, this blog contains bits and pieces of writing, recent drafts and current thinking as well as commentary on topical themes. Some of these posts constitute substantial discussions of important topics and are more like long articles, some are fairly short and snappy and to the point.
This blog also includes a subcategory 'Tutorials' (so you can search for them separately) - these address basic issues of 21st-century psychotherapy.
Relevant to counsellors and psychotherapists of all approaches and modalities, this blog contains news about our programme, projects and new developments as well as other interesting new about resources, events and conferences from across the field.
When counselling, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and associated disciplines are called 'impossible professions', this is often understood as a tongue-in-cheek conversational quip, a collective exclamation of mock exasperation: "What can you do? It’s impossible!” - and then we continue as before...
But I have come to think that the quip points to an important, even essential, truth about our work: the therapeutic profession - and the ‘helping relationship’ generally – hinges on a fundamental paradox, which the quip points to, but does not help us to understand, let alone fully address. Having investigated the kernel of truth inherent in that notion over the last few decades, I now conclude that it has the potential to profoundly enhance our work: when we grasp the nettle which is the impossibility at the heart of our profession, the depth, breadth and effectiveness of our therapy increases dramatically.
Do therapists - across the approaches and modalities - overestimate the degree of working alliance they have with their clients?
If so, why? What are the consequences? What do we do about it?
Online Enquiry: Overestimating the Working Alliance?
Investigating our shared ‘implicit relational knowing’ about the working alliance by considering the question: Do therapists tend to over-estimate the…Continue reading »
Welcome to our new INTEGRA CPD website
Finally, after about 9 months' work since our wonderful WordPress webdesigner finalised the basic framework, the new site is ready…Continue reading »
Introductory Notes by Michael Soth: ‘Embodied Intersubjectivity in the Clinic’ with Shaun Gallagher
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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…Continue reading »
Interview with Michael: “The Relational Turn in Body Psychotherapy”
In this interview, Nancy Eichhorn was asking about Michael’s background and contribution to the Relational Body Psychotherapy Panel at the…Continue reading »
New paper indicates counselling is comparable to CBT in treating depression
"I am delighted to inform you that following a collaboration between BACP and the University of Sheffield an academic paper…Continue reading »
How are Chaos and Complexity Theory Relevant to our Work as Therapists?
This is a much expanded and updated version of an earlier post two years ago - I have now also…Continue reading »
How durable is the effect of low intensity CBT for depression and anxiety?
The upshot is: not very 'durable' at all = 53% relapse, of those 79% within first 6 months - this…Continue reading »
Jungian Analyst James Hollis: Creating a Life: Finding Your Individual Path (2000)
To those of us in mid-life, James Hollis has written several relevant and highly recommended books (see list below). This…Continue reading »
Pakistan: TherapyWorks Level V Diploma – Psychotherapy Integration
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Sustainable practice in the impossible profession – Interview with Michael Soth
Your workshop ‘the Impossible Profession’ is unique in its concept, what led you to its creation? There are two separate…Continue reading »
The Therapist’s Conflict – a Precious Ingredient in the Therapeutic Encounter
CPD Workshop: "How to work when therapy isn't working?" ...when the client’s conflict becomes the therapist’s conflict Traditional academic teaching…Continue reading »
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…Continue reading »
North London – Ongoing Integrative CPD Group (currently closed)
A broad-spectrum integrative, embodied & relational group for counsellors and psychotherapists from across the therapeutic approaches and modalities - with…Continue reading »
The Therapist’s Habitual Position
Morit Heitzler will soon be running a workshop in Oxford on the topic of "The therapist's habitual position". Traditionally, when…Continue reading »
The Findings of the Tavistock Adult Depression Study (TADS) – CPD event with Psychoanalyst David Taylor
The Tavistock Adult Depression Study has produced good evidence about the value of psychoanalytic psychotherapy for patients with chronic treatment-resistant…Continue reading »
Next IARPP Conference: June 25-28, 2015 Toronto
IARPP Annual Conference 2015 June 25-28, 2015 The Relational Pulse: Controversies, Caricatures & Clinical Wisdom Intercontinental Toronto Centre Toronto, Canada Conference…Continue reading »