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 »
Exeter: Body-oriented CPD Weekend Group 2019 with Michael Soth
This weekend CPD group, organised by experienced TA therapist Judy Shaw in Devon around Exeter (the weekends will take place…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 »
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 »
OTS-Oxford: Couple Workshop Series 2018
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The latest INTEGRA newsletter (Sep. 2014)
This newsletter update is mainly to inform you about the proposed purpose and format of our online enquiry, but it…Continue reading »
Pakistan: TherapyWorks Level V Diploma – Psychotherapy Integration
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Integrative Trauma Therapy – CPD Workshops in Oxford with Morit Heitzler 2016/17
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2. In an impossible profession, the therapist NEEDS to fail
In an impossible profession, the therapist needs to fail In the last entry, I suggested that psychotherapy's depth, impact and…Continue reading »
Body Psychotherapy and the Body in Supervision – Interview for CONFER (2013)
In this interview, Jane Ryan from CONFER was asking Michael about Body Psychotherapy, the role of the body in our…Continue reading »
Opening the ‘doors of perception’ – integrating Jungian and body-oriented traditions
Preparing a workshop for a new group or organisation that I have not worked with before can be useful, taking…Continue reading »
Preparing for ‘Embodied Intersubjectivity in the Clinic’ with Shaun Gallagher
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London, Ealing – Ongoing Professional Development Group for Experienced Therapists
This group is for experienced therapists only (practising for 10 years or more), and has had a consistent core group…Continue reading »
Mark Solms: “If the Id is conscious, where and what is ‘the unconscious’?”
Here is a highly recommended video of Mark Solms’ presentation at the NYSPA’s Fall Conference: Neurosciences and Psychoanalysis: From Early…Continue reading »
Highly recommended interviews with psychoanalytic authors (free audio)
New Books in Psychoanalysis are making available 1-hour long interviews with writers and scholars on their recently published books. Adam…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 »