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 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 »
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 »
‘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 »
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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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 »
How durable is the effect of low intensity CBT for depression and anxiety?
The upshot is: not very 'durable' at all = 53% relapse, of those 79% within first 6 months - this…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 »
Exeter: Body-oriented CPD Weekend Group 2016 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 »
Interview for Psychotherapy Excellence webcast series
A series of 10 interviews by Psychotherapy Excellence, starting with the question: What is Psychotherapy? (Michael's interview is session 8…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 »
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 »
Metode Membaca Kartu Dalam Judi Pokerqq Online Paling baik
Metode Membaca Kartu Dalam Judi Pokerqq Online Paling baik! Argumen mengapa anda musti memandang beberapa pemain yang ada di dalam…Continue reading »
12 tweet summary: Mindfulness – Mindlessness – Bodymind Fullness
Mindfulness is in fashion – in therapy, business, health. But its promise is already flagging, people are becoming disenchanted with…Continue reading »
Bristol Monthly Small Supervision Groups
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