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 »
Enactment – a brief definition by Russell Rose
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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
The Therapist’s Habitual Position
Morit Heitzler will soon be running a workshop in Oxford on the topic of "The therapist's habitual position". Traditionally, when…Continue reading »
Book Review: “Bullshit in Psychotherapy” by George Steinfeld
This is a sweet and interesting book, with an obviously attractive title (well - attractive to me!), written as an…Continue reading »
OTS-Oxford: Public Workshop Series 2018 – All About Therapy …
A series of open evenings (conversations as well as question and answer sessions) to help you find your way through…Continue reading »
Exeter: Body-oriented CPD Weekend Group 2019-2020 with Michael Soth
These weekend CPD events, initiated in 2016 by experienced TA therapist Judy Shaw near Exeter in Devon, with a view…Continue reading »
Integrative Trauma Therapy – CPD Workshops in Oxford with Morit Heitzler 2016/17
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The latest INTEGRA newsletter (Sep. 2014)
This newsletter update is mainly to inform you about the proposed purpose and format of our online enquiry, but it…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 »
What is the role of transference in trauma work?
As we are just planning and thinking about Morit’s forthcoming CPD workshops on integrative trauma therapy, this topic is currently…Continue reading »
Preparing for ‘Embodied Intersubjectivity in the Clinic’ with Shaun Gallagher
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