Presentations

Enactments: are these to be welcomed or avoided? (CONFER 2016)

This is the presentation given CONFER at the conference entitled "Enactments: are these to be welcomed or avoided?" The main aim of the presentation is the following question: If I want the enactment to become transformative of deeply ingrained, unconscious characterological patterns (which, according to one definition, is what [...]

How to Apply the Insights of Modern Neuroscience in our Practice

An accessible and practical introduction, suitable for practitioners across the therapeutic orientations

 

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The Diamond Model of Clarkson’s 5 Modalities of the Therapeutic Relationship (2014)

Whilst psychotherapy integration has been one of the most necessary, creative and productive developments in our field over the last 20 years, 'integrative' is in danger of becoming another meaningless sound-bite. What does our integration include, and what doesn't it? What holds it together? How broad and deep is the [...]

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Whilst psychotherapy integration has been one of the most necessary, creative and productive developments in our field over the last 20 years, 'integrative' is in danger of becoming another meaningless sound-bite. What does our integration include, and what doesn't it? What holds it together? How broad and deep is the [...]

The Wounding and the Wounded Healer (CONFER 2013)

Whatever therapeutic or philosophical language we use to become aware of, reflect on and articulate our own wounds - developmental, characterological, systemic or archetypal, for example - each tradition we train in and subscribe to has its own wounds. These reach back to our therapeutic ancestors and the conflicts and [...]

Effective Ways of Relating to the Patient (2015)

This is the presentation given at public workshops in Lahore and Islamabad in August 2015, to a mixed group of the general public, psychology students, and helping professionals including psychiatrists. The overall idea is to understand the different kinds of psychological help that clients need, and to take our professional [...]

Bodymind and Parallel Processes in Supervision (CONFER 2013)

This presentation was prepared as an introduction to a supervision masterclass organised by CONFER in January 2013. Here I spell out how bodymind principles might be applied to supervision, bringing attention to the actual non-verbal messages by which parallel process is communicated and carried from the client-therapist system into the [...]

The Therapist’s Embodied Presence in the Transformative Repair of Relational Breakdowns (CONFER 2012)

Enactments seem to occur suddenly, when we are caught unawares and plunged into them. But from outside the intersubjective entanglement it is apparent that they build up slowly, increasingly, over time. Before we become implicated in an obvious, explicit rupture, there have been implicit, unspoken, subliminal versions of the enactment [...]

Using’ the Body or Engaging with Bodymind? (CAPPP 2012)

Embodiment as a paradoxical relational process Since its origins in Freud and the zeitgeist of the late 19th century, psychotherapy has struggled with and against the limitations arising from a mind-over-body paradigm and its traditional bias towards the verbal-reflective mind. The recent fashion in neuroscience and embodiment has spawned a [...]

The Bodymind Reality of Internal Objects in the Transference (CONFER 2011)

In the psychodynamic tradition we take it for granted that early relational dynamics are being replicated in the transference, often creating binds and dilemmas that in turn have a regressive effect on the therapist. This is such a powerful principle that we often do not stop to wonder: what actually [...]

The Therapeutic Potential of Broken Boundaries (CONFER 2011)

If the therapist's job is the steady provision of a safe, contained therapeutic framework, then breaks and transgressions of those clear and firm boundaries indicate a failure on the therapist's part - a mistake. However, every broken boundary is accompanied by the emergence of precious unconscious material, intensely relevant both [...]

Enactment as a Central Principle of Relational Therapy (BACP 2008)

Relational' is in danger of becoming another buzz-word, and this presentation is an attempt to formulate the substance, the essential principles of the relational paradigm shift. Theory is meant to support and enrich our practice rather than directing and legislating for it, by drawing our attention to what has been [...]

Embracing the Paradigm Clash between the ‘Medical Model’ and Counselling (BACP 2008)

With the government's policy of 'Improving Access to Psychological Therapies' programme being heavily biased towards CBT, counselling is under severe pressure to fit in with 'medical model' thinking. Over the last few months there has been intense discussion in 'therapy today' both for and against the 'medical model'. How can [...]

The Relational Paradigm Shift in Psychotherapy – is it ‘Complete’? (CABP 2007)

In a joint session with Joe Schwartz, the relational psychoanalyst, we tried to chart the history of relationality in psychotherapy, to set out the basic issues and controversies around it as an introduction to the CABP Conference "The Client and I", intended as a meeting point and dialogue particularly between [...]

Bodily Functions (Terrence Higgins Trust, 2007)

In this presentation - based upon and similar to "No 'Relating Cure' without Embodiment" - I offered a way of catching up with the still pervasive mind-over-body dualism in counselling and psychotherapy. This becomes especially limiting when the client group brings pain and symptoms into the consulting room where the [...]

Therapy Between Objectification and Intersubjectivity

Existential phenomenology has been one of the main sources of questioning the traditional dominance of the ‘medical model’ in psychology and psychotherapy. However, in deconstructing and battling against the ‘medical model’, it is possible to fall into an opposite - and equally unhelpful in its exclusiveness - extreme. Here is [...]

The Internal Supervisor – the Therapist’s Internal Process from an Embodied, Integral-Relational Perspective (EABP 2006)

Bringing the full spectrum of bodymind processes to Patrick Casement's notion of the 'internal supervisor', we can formulate a more comprehensive understanding of the vicissitudes of the therapeutic position.

 

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POP

In this workshop I will be relating the terms and perspectives of Process-oriented Psychology to - what I perceive to be - current trends and the cutting edge in the rest of the psychotherapeutic field, especially regarding traumawork, neuroscience, the re-integration of the body, integration in general and the relational [...]

The Fractal Self – Parallel Process as an Organising Principle for 21st-century Psychotherapy (UKCP 2007)

For this inaugural UKCP Supervision Conference I prepared this presentation, extending the established notion of parallel process (how the dynamic between client and therapist is reflected and replicated between therapist and supervisor) by three significant steps: how the dynamic between client and therapist parallels an internal dynamic in the client's [...]

Potentials and Pathologies of Character Structure Theory (EABP 2006)

Character Structure theory is a central aspect of Reichian and neo-Reichian Body Psychotherapy, and its underlying holistic ‘functionalism’ has stood the test of time. In its expanded and integrated form, as presented by Stephen Johnson (“Character Stylesâ€, 1994), it provides a solid diagnostic and clinically relevant developmental model that is [...]

Embracing the paradigm clash between the ‘medical model’ and counselling (FHCP 2005)

Based on the experience of many counsellors working within the NHS, this presentation tries to validate and make sense of the paradigm clash they constantly feel within themselves and with their colleagues. Rather than polarising against the ‘medical model’, I suggest that we might approach the paradigm clash as we [...]