INTEGRA CPD Blog

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INTEGRA CPD Blog

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.

There are two important topics which I have created separate blogs for:  psychotherapy as the impossible profession;  and the overestimated working alliance.

This blog also includes a subcategory 'Tutorials' (so you can search for them separately) - these address basic issues of 21st-century psychotherapy.

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 added  a resource section at the bottom, with commentaries on useful books.  I've been doing this work in preparation for the CPD weekend “Working at the Edge of Chaos” on [...]

By | April 1st, 2017|Categories: Michael's Psychotherapy CPD Blog|0 Comments

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 autobiographical look back over his professional life as a therapist by the 80-year-old George Steinfeld. It is exceptional in its honesty, and it pulls no punches about delivering some uncomfortable [...]

By | September 11th, 2016|Categories: Michael's Psychotherapy CPD Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

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, the wider its increasing influence has spread, the less clear it has become what we actually mean by ‘relational’. The default common denominator would be the recognition that in therapy [...]

By | June 16th, 2016|Categories: Michael's Psychotherapy CPD Blog|0 Comments

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 why I put such emphasis in my teaching on relational modalities - an idea first formulated in a paper by Petruska Clarkson in 1990. Because it is such a well-known [...]

By | April 4th, 2016|Categories: Michael's Psychotherapy CPD Blog|Tags: |Comments Off on A Multiplicity of Relational Modalities – 25 years on

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 the shadow aspects of this central theoretical model of our tradition Character Structure theory is a central element of Body Psychotherapy, building on Reich’s monumental achievement to bring together biology [...]

By | February 27th, 2016|Categories: Michael's Psychotherapy CPD Blog|0 Comments

Relational Modalities in the History of Body Psychotherapy

(from my chapter "Transference, Countertransference and Supervision in the Body Psychotherapy tradition" in: The Handbook of Body Psychotherapy and Somatic Psychology)   I have been asked a few times for a brief summary regarding relationality in Body Psychotherapy - here's a very condensed paragraph from the above chapter:   A [...]

By | February 24th, 2016|Categories: Michael's Psychotherapy CPD Blog|0 Comments

Beyond antagonising: towards a mature integration of embodiment and dis-embodiment

European Congress of Body Psychotherapy: the Embodied Self in a dis-Embodied Society: A keynote proposal This keynote proposal aims at re-defining and refining our notion of ‘embodiment’ in non-polarising terms that are actually helpful in transcending Cartesian dualism As the title of our conference suggests, Body Psychotherapy has always found [...]

By | February 23rd, 2016|Categories: Michael's Psychotherapy CPD Blog|0 Comments