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 »
Interview with Michael: “The Relational Turn in Body Psychotherapy”
In this interview, Nancy Eichhorn was asking about Michael’s background and contribution to the Relational Body Psychotherapy Panel at the…Continue reading »
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 »
Jungian Analyst James Hollis: Creating a Life: Finding Your Individual Path (2000)
To those of us in mid-life, James Hollis has written several relevant and highly recommended books (see list below). This…Continue reading »
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,…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 »
CPD Workshop: How To Work When Therapy Isn’t Working?
Embodied Pathways Towards Resolving Impasses, Breakdowns and Enactments This is a workshop I have been running over recent years, in…Continue reading »
How does psychotherapy work? – laying the groundwork in 100 daily tweets!
Following on from Interview 2 with Tom Warnecke for Psychotherapy Excellence, as it was fresh on my mind, I have…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 »
The Vicissitudes of Therapeutic Assessment
The following piece was written in preparation for a training day on “First Sessions and Initial Assessments and Dilemmas”. 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 »
The Client’s Conflict becomes the Therapist’s Conflict – CPD workshop in Oxford 19 Jan 2019
How to spot it and what to do next - a step-by-step recipe book (for processing the therapist’s dilemmas) A…Continue reading »
Workshop in Athens: Embodied Dimensions of Transference, Countertransference & Supervision
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Defining the working alliance – 1
Clarkson, P. (1995) The Therapeutic Relationship. Whurr The working alliance is the part of client- psychotherapist relationship that enables the…Continue reading »
How to Improve Access to ALL the Psychological Therapies?
The 'IAallPT' project: towards a multi-disciplinary, multi-modality mental health and well-being service How can we make a broad-spectrum therapeutic response…Continue reading »
Bi-monthly Supervision & Personal-Professional Development Group
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