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 »
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…Continue reading »
Bristol Monthly Small Supervision Groups
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Allowing ourselves to be constructed and the enactment of the bad object
A blog post written in preparation for a CPD workshop in Oxford on 4 March 2018 How safe does the…Continue reading »
CPD Workshop: How To Work When Therapy Isn’t Working?
Embodied Pathways Towards Resolving Impasses, Breakdowns and Enactments This is a workshop I have been running over recent years, in…Continue reading »
The dilemmas which the client’s ‘character’ creates for the therapist
Some key points of the recently published transcript: Different types of embodiment work Attending to the body to make therapy…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 »
Enactment – a brief definition by Russell Rose
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Political attitudes to mental health are harming patients and staff
from: Healthcare Professionals Network | Guardian Professional: http://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/views-from-the-nhs-frontline/2014/oct/06/political-attitudes-mental-health-harm-patients-staff We have become ever more used to hearing reports of a failing…Continue reading »
Exeter: Body-oriented CPD Weekend Group 2018 with Nick Totton & Michael
This weekend CPD group, organised by experienced TA therapist Judy Shaw in Devon around Exeter, will run over 5 weekends…Continue reading »
Does my consulting room offer an integral embrace?
Applying Terentius’ (180 BC) 'Let nothing human be alien to me!' to the therapeutic space, I can ask myself: how…Continue reading »
Presentations from Conference ‘Embodied Intersubjectivity in the Clinic’ with Shaun Gallagher
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Different types of embodiment work (Part 3)
You are bound to fail as a facilitator if you get trapped in the client's character This is Part 3…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 »
What actually is ‘Quality of Relationship’ and can it be Enhanced?
It's an important question, as it is the nebulous catch-all phrase increasingly used to capture the essential factor which apparently…Continue reading »
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 »