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 »
CPD Workshop: How To Work When Therapy Isn’t Working?
Embodied Pathways Towards Resolving Impasses, Breakdowns and Enactments This is a workshop I have been running over recent years, in…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 »
12 tweet summary: Mindfulness – Mindlessness – Bodymind Fullness
Mindfulness is in fashion – in therapy, business, health. But its promise is already flagging, people are becoming disenchanted with…Continue reading »
What’s not quite right about this cartoon? (Id-Ego-Superego/child-adult-parent)
A student submitted this cartoon - here is my response: Nice graphic - did you draw it, or is it…Continue reading »
‘Embodied Intersubjectivity in the Clinic’ – Conference with Shaun Gallagher
Sun 26 Apr 2015, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm; Birkbeck College, London Keynote: Prof. Shaun Gallagher With Panelists: Susie Orbach,…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 »
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 »
“And So It Goes On” – a story of one therapy by Russell Rose
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SEPI Conference 2016 Dublin, Ireland 16–18 June 2016
Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration: International Conference The Therapist in Integrative Therapy: Implications for Practice, Research, and Training…Continue reading »
Next IARPP Conference: June 25-28, 2015 Toronto
IARPP Annual Conference 2015 June 25-28, 2015 The Relational Pulse: Controversies, Caricatures & Clinical Wisdom Intercontinental Toronto Centre Toronto, Canada Conference…Continue reading »
3. How do we further continuing development in an ‘impossible profession’?
How do we further continuing development in an 'impossible profession'? In the last two entries, I described the crisis point…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 »
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 »
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 »