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 »
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…Continue reading »
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Metode Membaca Kartu Dalam Judi Pokerqq Online Paling baik! Argumen mengapa anda musti memandang beberapa pemain yang ada di dalam…Continue reading »
Adrienne Margarian: Working with Somatic Countertransference, a Cross-Cultural perspective
PsycheVisual presents Video by Adrienne Margarian on Somatic Countertransference In this short video extract from her lecture, Adrienne Margarian summarises her…Continue reading »
General Principles of the CPD we Offer at INTEGRA …
Features of our courses: offering up-to-date, clinically relevant information and skills content and process are in line with and drawing…Continue reading »
‘Embodied Intersubjectivity in the Clinic’ – Conference with Shaun Gallagher
Sun 26 Apr 2015, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm; Birkbeck College, London Keynote: Prof. Shaun Gallagher With Panelists: Susie Orbach,…Continue reading »
Different types of embodiment work (Part 3)
You are bound to fail as a facilitator if you get trapped in the client's character This is Part 3…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 »
What are Therapists Looking for in their CPD Training?
We are hearing therapists becoming frustrated and disenchanted with the current CPD culture in the profession: repetitive input, endless lectures,…Continue reading »
Preparing for ‘Embodied Intersubjectivity in the Clinic’ with Shaun Gallagher
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Opening the ‘doors of perception’ – integrating Jungian and body-oriented traditions
Preparing a workshop for a new group or organisation that I have not worked with before can be useful, taking…Continue reading »
Enactment – a brief definition by Russell Rose
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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…Continue reading »
2. In an impossible profession, the therapist NEEDS to fail
In an impossible profession, the therapist needs to fail In the last entry, I suggested that psychotherapy's depth, impact and…Continue reading »
Visionary psychoanalyst Harold Searles has died
Harold Searles has died - see obituary and commentaries on this visionary psychoanalyst. There is also a piece of writing…Continue reading »
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…Continue reading »