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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 it's the relationship between client [...]

By | June 16th, 2016|General Blog Posts, INTEGRA News, Michael's 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 model, that has formed the [...]

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

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 by Michael Soth © 2015 I have been using Martha Stark’s book “Modes of Therapeutic Action” for some time as one of the main texts for exploring the fundamental ideas and principles of the relational [...]

By | November 13th, 2015|Michael's CPD Blog|0 Comments

Mark Solms: “If the Id is conscious, where and what is ‘the unconscious’?”

Here is a highly recommended video of Mark Solms’ presentation at the NYSPA’s Fall Conference: Neurosciences and Psychoanalysis: From Early Freud to Contemporary Practice held on October 4, 2015. The title of the presentation is: “If the Id is conscious, where and what is ‘the unconscious’?” Whilst we might find some arguments with what he's [...]

By | November 9th, 2015|Michael's CPD Blog|0 Comments

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 in Brighton on 4 July 2015.   Most workshops for therapists on this topic of making a living focus on the actual business skills needed, or on your own ambivalence about charging money (self-worth). The [...]

By | June 9th, 2015|Michael's CPD Blog|0 Comments

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, The Body as Experiencer: A Multi-Perspectival Conversation" - Author: Steven Knoblauch Larry Josephs: "In body work how is countertransferential enactment worked through? What if the way in which we physically touch a patient implicitly conveys [...]

By | May 20th, 2015|Michael's CPD Blog|0 Comments

How are Chaos and Complexity Theory Helpful to Therapists?

Some thoughts ahead of ... CPD Weekend “Working at the Edge of Chaos” with Nick Totton & Michael: 2 & 3 May 2015 As a therapist, have you ever struggled valiantly and helplessly against the entrenched resistance of a client who says they are desperate to change, but are actually digging their heels in at [...]

By | April 1st, 2015|Michael's CPD Blog|0 Comments

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 we describe a therapist's way of working, we think about theory and technique: what kind of concepts, models and theoretical framework underpins the approach? and what kind of interventions and therapeutic responses flow from this? [...]

By | February 24th, 2015|Michael's CPD Blog|0 Comments

The Vicissitudes of Therapeutic Assessment

The essentials of empathic, therapeutic assessment: "What is WRONG with you?" The following piece was written in preparation for a training day on “First Sessions and Initial Assessments and Dilemmas”. Whether it is an assessment at school, university or at work, or by a medical specialist or other expert, one question - running alongside the [...]

By | February 5th, 2015|Michael's CPD Blog|0 Comments

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 counselling and psychotherapy assumes that our discipline is similar to any other subject - whether we are learning history or engineering or psychology, there is a body of knowledge and a range of models that [...]

By | February 3rd, 2015|Michael's CPD Blog|0 Comments

Does my consulting room offer an integral embrace?

Applying Terentius’ (180 BC) 'Let nothing human be alien to me!' to the therapeutic space, I can ask myself: how much of human diversity does my consulting room invite, exclude or ignore? How much is structured out by default? What are the assumptions I take for granted – about myself, about therapy, about the client, [...]

By | November 6th, 2014|Michael's CPD Blog|0 Comments

Mindfulness – Mindlessness – Bodymind Fullness

Interested in this proposal for an experiential workshop on 'mindfulness'? Mindfulness is all the rage and in fashion everywhere – in therapy, in business, in health. It’s supposed to cure all ills, increase performance, improve your relationships, help you make money, relieve all sorts of pain from physical to mental, and establish a peaceful society. [...]

By | September 28th, 2014|Michael's CPD Blog|0 Comments

The dilemmas which the client’s ‘character’ creates for the therapist

Some key points of the recently published transcript: Different types of embodiment work Attending to the body to make therapy more impactful, we notice that rather than us impacting the client, the client’s character impacts on us. By opening to non-verbal, subliminal bodymind communications, therapists become more vulnerable to the impact of here & now [...]

By | September 11th, 2014|Michael's CPD Blog|0 Comments

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 copied from somewhere? Some suggestions for clarification: I think the face of the Id looks more like a cynical, demanding parent than a demanding, passionate or even greedy child. The poor Ego looks adequately squeezed [...]

By | September 11th, 2014|Michael's CPD Blog|0 Comments

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 makes therapy work - or not! But when we probe a little deeper what people actually mean by the innocuous phrase (which is easily accepted as consensual - we all want quality of relationship, don't [...]

By | October 11th, 2010|Michael's CPD Blog|0 Comments