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 »
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…Continue reading »
Different types of embodiment work (Part 2)
You are bound to fail as a facilitator if you get trapped in the client's character This is Part 2…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 »
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…Continue reading »
Defining the working alliance – 1
Clarkson, P. (1995) The Therapeutic Relationship. Whurr The working alliance is the part of client- psychotherapist relationship that enables the…Continue reading »
Defining the working alliance – 2
Ralph R Greenson (1967) Technique and Practice of Psychoanalysis Greenson defined the working alliance as: “the relatively non-and neurotic, rational,…Continue reading »
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 »
Exeter: Body-oriented CPD Weekend Group 2019-2020 with Michael Soth
These weekend CPD events, initiated in 2016 by experienced TA therapist Judy Shaw near Exeter in Devon, with a view…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 »
OTS-Oxford: Public Workshop Series 2018 – All About Therapy …
A series of open evenings (conversations as well as question and answer sessions) to help you find your way through…Continue reading »
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 »
Exeter: Body-oriented CPD Weekend Group 2016 with Nick Totton & Michael
This weekend CPD group, organised by experienced TA therapist Judy Shaw in Devon around Exeter, will run over 4 weekends…Continue reading »
North London – Ongoing Integrative CPD Group
A broad-spectrum integrative, embodied & relational group for counsellors and psychotherapists from across the therapeutic approaches and modalities - with…Continue reading »
Mindfulness – Mindlessness – Bodymind Fullness
Interested in this proposal for an experiential workshop on 'mindfulness'? Mindfulness is all the rage and in fashion everywhere –…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 »