Blogs

Blogs 2017-04-11T07:13:04+00:00

There are four different Psychotherapy CPD Blogs:

These blogs are of interest certainly to practising counsellors and psychotherapists and their continuing professional development, but also to other practitioners in the psychological therapies, and  more generally the helping professions.

Bringing an integrative, embodied and relational perspective  to any kind of helping relationship helps us understand that the art of helping is  not straightforward.  It is not just a question of one person intending to help and the other person asking for it.  There are lots of unspoken and unconscious aspects to every such communication which get in the way of the intention.

Below you can find a description of the four blogs, and then a random selection of some posts.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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