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 2018 with Nick Totton & Michael
This weekend CPD group, organised by experienced TA therapist Judy Shaw in Devon around Exeter, will run over 5 weekends…Continue reading »
IARPP Conference 2016 Rome, Italy 9 – 12 June 2016
The International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Conference - IARPP 2016 ROME, ITALY The Arts of Time: Relational Psychoanalysis…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 »
Interview with Michael: “The Relational Turn in Body Psychotherapy”
In this interview, Nancy Eichhorn was asking about Michael’s background and contribution to the Relational Body Psychotherapy Panel at the…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 8 years or more), and has had a consistent core group…Continue reading »
General Principles of the CPD we Offer at INTEGRA …
Features of our courses: offering up-to-date, clinically relevant information and skills content and process are in line with and drawing…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 »
Mental Health in the UK: The 5-Year Forward View Mental Health Taskforce
An important report has been published on the state of mental health in the UK - based upon the taskforce…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 »
The Therapist’s Conflict – a Precious Ingredient in the Therapeutic Encounter
CPD Workshop: "How to work whentherapy isn't working?" ...when the client’s conflict becomes the therapist’s conflict Traditional academic teaching of…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 »
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 »
Report & Review – Allan Schore: “The growth-promoting role of mutual regressions in deep psychotherapy”
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A Multiplicity of Relational Modalities – 25 years on
Part 1: Integrating ideas on relational stances from Gomez, Stark & Clarkson Introduction: Clarkson’s seminal contribution I sometimes get asked…Continue reading »