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 »
Different types of embodiment work (Part 1)
You are bound to fail as a facilitator if you get trapped in the client's character This is Part 1…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 »
How durable is the effect of low intensity CBT for depression and anxiety?
The upshot is: not very 'durable' at all = 53% relapse, of those 79% within first 6 months - this…Continue reading »
Different types of embodiment work (Part 3)
You are bound to fail as a facilitator if you get trapped in the client's character This is Part 3…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 »
The Vicissitudes of Therapeutic Assessment
The following piece was written in preparation for a training day on “First Sessions and Initial Assessments and Dilemmas”. The…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 »
Political attitudes to mental health are harming patients and staff
from: Healthcare Professionals Network | Guardian Professional: http://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/views-from-the-nhs-frontline/2014/oct/06/political-attitudes-mental-health-harm-patients-staff We have become ever more used to hearing reports of a failing…Continue reading »
Visionary psychoanalyst Harold Searles has died
Harold Searles has died - see obituary and commentaries on this visionary psychoanalyst. There is also a piece of writing…Continue reading »
What do we mean by ‘relational’?
Over the last 15 years or so, relational perspectives have had a significant impact across the field of psychotherapy. However,…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 »
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 »
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 »
Opening the ‘doors of perception’ – integrating Jungian and body-oriented traditions
Preparing a workshop for a new group or organisation that I have not worked with before can be useful, taking…Continue reading »