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 »
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 »
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 »
Relational Psychotherapy – Praises and Pitfalls
The Psychotherapy Excellence webcast series on the topic 'Relational Psychotherapy - Praises and Pitfalls' is now complete. I contributed an…Continue reading »
How are Chaos and Complexity Theory Relevant to our Work as Therapists?
This is a much expanded and updated version of an earlier post two years ago - I have now also…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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
How is Countertransferential Enactment Worked Through?
In response to a question by Larry Josephs in the context of the IARPP colloquium on: "The Body as Experience,…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 »