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Sustainable practice in the impossible profession – Interview with Michael Soth

Your workshop ‘the Impossible Profession’ is unique in its concept, what led you to its creation? There are two separate but linked recognitions which inspired the workshop, and the 2017 article which it is based upon: 1) the essential impossibility at the heart of the therapeutic profession, and 2) the consequent difficulty in sustaining its [...]

By |2018-05-25T01:42:44+00:00May 9th, 2018|Michael's Psychotherapy CPD Blog|0 Comments

Integrative Trauma Therapy – CPD Workshops in Oxford with Morit Heitzler 2018

in Oxford with Morit Heitzler integrative - embodied - relational trauma therapy for counsellors and therapists working with trauma (suitable for practitioners from across all therapeutic approaches) If some of your trauma clients show resistance, manifest stuckness or get caught in hidden dissociation or re-traumatisation dynamics, or you encounter unexpected ruptures, impasses or enactments, these workshops are for [...]

Report & Review – Allan Schore: “The growth-promoting role of mutual regressions in deep psychotherapy”

On 23 September 2017 I attended the CPD day (6-hour PowerPoint lecture) "On the growth-promoting role of mutual regressions in deep psychotherapy" (organised by nscience in London) because Allan Schore was promising to offer his latest thinking, and I think he delivered on that promise: he offered some genuine paradigm-shifting ideas and principles. [...]

By |2018-05-25T00:59:08+00:00January 13th, 2018|CPD Workshops, Courses & Events, General Blog Posts|0 Comments

Allowing ourselves to be constructed and the enactment of the bad object

A blog post written in preparation for a CPD workshop in Oxford on 4 March 2018 How safe does the therapeutic space need to be? In our attempts to create a safe, empathic and accepting environment for the client in which they can afford to feel open, undefended and vulnerable, we provide a therapeutic presence [...]

By |2018-03-03T00:10:49+00:00January 13th, 2018|CPD Workshops, Courses & Events, General Blog Posts|0 Comments

OTS-Oxford: Couple Workshop Series 2018

This series of evenings and day workshops is designed to give space to you as a couple. We invite you to invest in your relationship. In our culture that’s a rare opportunity – normally we expect ourselves to just get on, by virtue of being supposedly loving, cooperative, committed adults. But that’s an unrealistic, [...]

By |2017-12-02T20:47:37+00:00December 2nd, 2017|General Blog Posts|0 Comments

OTS-Oxford: Public Workshop Series 2018 – All About Therapy …

A series of open evenings (conversations as well as question and answer sessions) to help you find your way through the maze of the psychological therapies The psychological therapies are a minefield, and very confusing for the layperson. What are the differences between psychology, CBT, counselling, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis (and many, many others)? Even the [...]

By |2017-12-02T20:53:31+00:00December 2nd, 2017|General Blog Posts|0 Comments

Exeter: Body-oriented CPD Weekend Group 2018 with Nick Totton & Michael

This weekend CPD group, organised by experienced TA therapist Judy Shaw in Devon around Exeter, will run over 5 weekends during 2018, with 2 weekends led by Nick Totton and 2 by Michael Soth. The weekends will take place at Judy's place in Offwell near Honiton. Dates for 2018 March 17/18: Nick & Michael together [...]

By |2018-05-03T19:57:21+00:00December 2nd, 2017|CPD Workshops, Courses & Events|0 Comments

Pakistan: TherapyWorks Level V Diploma – Psychotherapy Integration

  Starts 5 February 2018 in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad The aim of the course is to work towards a comprehensive map of the field and develop a relational meta-position that integrates the whole broad range of approaches. This can help us evolve beyond a merely eclectic stance which picks and chooses pragmatically or [...]

Integrative Trauma Therapy – CPD Workshops in Oxford with Morit Heitzler 2016/17

CPD Training Days with Morit Heitzler These workshops are designed for practising counsellors and therapists who have some previous training and experience with trauma work. They might best be described as 'intermediate' workshops, for therapists who have completed basic training in one of the modern trauma therapies: Somatic Trauma Therapy (Babette Rothschild), Somatic Experiencing [...]

The Findings of the Tavistock Adult Depression Study (TADS) – CPD event with Psychoanalyst David Taylor

The Tavistock Adult Depression Study has produced good evidence about the value of psychoanalytic psychotherapy for patients with chronic treatment-resistant depressions - a significant mental disorder. For those who believe in psycho-analysis, to submit it to an RCT can seem like the kind of trial that Kierkegaard saw in the Old Testament story of Abraham’s [...]

By |2017-04-12T06:57:23+00:00April 12th, 2017|CPD Workshops, Courses & Events|0 Comments

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 29 & 30 April 2017 [...]

By |2017-06-10T00:01:12+00:00April 1st, 2017|Michael's Psychotherapy CPD Blog|0 Comments

Workshop in Athens: Embodied Dimensions of Transference, Countertransference & Supervision

For the leaflet in Greek, please scroll to the bottom of this page ... Engaging with therapeutic impasses, breakdowns and stuckness by integrating non-verbal communication, somatic processes and ‘implicit relational knowing’ “How can we use our own embodied awareness and our perception of the client's bodymind to maximise our understanding of the intersubjective dynamics in [...]

By |2017-03-07T19:53:36+00:00December 30th, 2016|CPD Workshops, Courses & Events|0 Comments

What is the role of transference in trauma work?

As we are just planning and thinking about Morit’s forthcoming CPD workshops on integrative trauma therapy, this topic is currently at the forefront of our minds, so I'm sharing it with you. There is a wide spectrum of opinion as to what role working with the transference plays in trauma work. I believe that the [...]

By |2017-03-07T19:53:38+00:00September 17th, 2016|CPD Tutorials|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 home truths about this profession [...]

By |2017-03-07T19:53:39+00:00September 11th, 2016|Michael's Psychotherapy CPD Blog|0 Comments

What’s my book going to be about?

Many of you know that I am planning to take off the spring term of 2017 in order to start writing a book. There are several books I have in my mind which I think deserve to be written[1]. But as I have previously struggled when writing longer pieces like that, for my first book [...]

By |2017-08-20T22:54:51+00:00September 11th, 2016|INTEGRA CPD News|0 Comments

Integrative Trauma Therapy – 3 CPD Workshops in Oxford with Morit Heitzler

Are these workshops for me? These workshops are designed for practising counsellors and therapists who have some previous training and experience with trauma work. They might best be described as ‘intermediate’ workshops, for therapists who have completed basic training in one of the modern trauma therapies (like Somatic Trauma Therapy (Babette Rothschild), Somatic Experiencing [...]

By |2017-05-24T15:33:43+00:00September 4th, 2016|CPD Workshops, Courses & Events|0 Comments

Exeter: Body-oriented CPD Weekend Group 2017 with Nick Totton & Michael

This weekend CPD group, organised by experienced TA therapist Judy Shaw in Devon around Exeter, will run over 4 weekends during 2017, with 2 weekends led by Nick Totton and 2 by Michael Soth. The weekends will take place at Judy's place in Offwell near Honiton. Dates for 2017 March 25/26: Nick June 3/4: Michael [...]

By |2017-05-30T18:38:47+00:00August 23rd, 2016|CPD Workshops, Courses & Events|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 it's the relationship between client [...]

By |2018-01-13T15:37:50+00:00June 16th, 2016|Michael's Psychotherapy CPD Blog|0 Comments