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 »
Potentials and Pathologies of Character Structure Theory
Michael Soth: European Congress of Body Psychotherapy: the Embodied Self in a dis-Embodied Society: A presentation proposal A presentation addressing…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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Level 6 – Supervision Diploma: Becoming an integrative supervisor
based upon broad-spectrum integrative - embodied - relational – systemic principles Would you want a qualification (CPCAB accredited), or just…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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Sneak Preview: The Handbook of Body Psychotherapy & Somatic Psychology
Edited by Gustl Marlock and Halko Weiss with Courtenay Young and Michael Soth This global Handbook of Body Psychotherapy has…Continue reading »