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 »
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 »
1. Continuing Development in an ‘impossible profession’?
The more I am developing, the more impossible it gets? When counselling, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and associated disciplines are called 'impossible…Continue reading »
Integrative Trauma Therapy – 3 CPD Workshops in Oxford with Morit Heitzler
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London, Ealing – Ongoing Professional Development Group for Experienced Therapists
This group is for experienced therapists only (practising for 8 years or more), and has had a consistent core group…Continue reading »
Does Derren Brown’s ‘Hero at 30,000 feet’ constitute a challenge to therapy?
If you have not seen that particular episode of Derren Brown's work, here is the link to the full program…Continue reading »
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…Continue reading »
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…Continue reading »
EABP Conference 2016 Athens, Greece 14 – 17 October 2016
The European Association for Body Psychotherapy Conference - EABP 2016 Athens, Greece The Embodied Self in a Dis-embodied Society For…Continue reading »
Report & Review: “The growth-promoting role of mutual regressions in deep psychotherapy”
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Adrienne Margarian: Working with Somatic Countertransference, a Cross-Cultural perspective
PsycheVisual presents Video by Adrienne Margarian on Somatic Countertransference In this short video extract from her lecture, Adrienne Margarian summarises her…Continue reading »
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 »
Challenges in Making a Sustainable Living as a Therapist
What are the emotional/psychological factors that limit a thriving practice for therapists (and helping professionals generally)? Preparatory considerations for workshop…Continue reading »
Interview 2 for Psychotherapy Excellence webcast series
A series of 10 interviews by Psychotherapy Excellence - Interview 2: How Does Psychotherapy Work? Last Monday I completed the…Continue reading »
Workshop in Israel 30/12/2015: “How to ‘use’ the countertransference”
Workshop on “How to ‘use’ the countertransference” for the Israeli Association of Body Psychotherapy on 30th of December in Kfar…Continue reading »