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 »
Next IARPP Conference: June 25-28, 2015 Toronto
IARPP Annual Conference 2015 June 25-28, 2015 The Relational Pulse: Controversies, Caricatures & Clinical Wisdom Intercontinental Toronto Centre Toronto, Canada Conference…Continue reading »
OTS-Oxford: Couple Workshop Series 2018
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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 »
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…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 »
Interview 2 for Psychotherapy Excellence webcast series
A series of 10 interviews by Psychotherapy Excellence - Interview 2: How Does Psychotherapy Work? Last Monday I completed the…Continue reading »
New paper indicates counselling is comparable to CBT in treating depression
"I am delighted to inform you that following a collaboration between BACP and the University of Sheffield an academic paper…Continue reading »
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…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 »
SEPI Conference 2016 Dublin, Ireland 16–18 June 2016
Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration: International Conference The Therapist in Integrative Therapy: Implications for Practice, Research, and Training…Continue reading »
Sneak Preview: The Handbook of Body Psychotherapy & Somatic Psychology
Edited by Gustl Marlock and Halko Weiss with Courtenay Young and Michael Soth This global Handbook of Body Psychotherapy has…Continue reading »
Workshop in Athens: Embodied Dimensions of Transference, Countertransference & Supervision
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Pakistan: TherapyWorks Level V Diploma – Psychotherapy Integration
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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 »
Mindfulness – Mindlessness – Bodymind Fullness
Interested in this proposal for an experiential workshop on 'mindfulness'? Mindfulness is all the rage and in fashion everywhere –…Continue reading »