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 »
The dilemmas which the client’s ‘character’ creates for the therapist
Some key points of the recently published transcript: Different types of embodiment work Attending to the body to make therapy…Continue reading »
Workshop in Israel 30/12/2015: “How to ‘use’ the countertransference”
Workshop on “How to ‘use’ the countertransference” for the Israeli Association of Body Psychotherapy on 30th of December in Kfar…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 »
Defining the working alliance – 2
Ralph R Greenson (1967) Technique and Practice of Psychoanalysis Greenson defined the working alliance as: “the relatively non-and neurotic, rational,…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 »
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 »
Supershrinks – What’s the secret of their success?
This 2008 paper "Supershrinks - What's the secret of their success?" by Scott Miller, Mark Hubble, and Barry Duncan is…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 »
London, Ealing – Ongoing Professional Development Group for Experienced Therapists
This group is for experienced therapists only (practising for 10 years or more), and has had a consistent core group…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 »
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 »
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 »
North London – Ongoing Integrative CPD Group (currently closed)
A broad-spectrum integrative, embodied & relational group for counsellors and psychotherapists from across the therapeutic approaches and modalities - with…Continue reading »
Subscribe to posts on Organisational Development and Leadership Development
Have you seen my recent blog postings “Different types of embodiment work”? I was surprised by the responses I received:…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 »