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 »
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 »
Does my consulting room offer an integral embrace?
Applying Terentius’ (180 BC) 'Let nothing human be alien to me!' to the therapeutic space, I can ask myself: how…Continue reading »
SEPI Conference 2016 Dublin, Ireland 16–18 June 2016
Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration: International Conference The Therapist in Integrative Therapy: Implications for Practice, Research, and Training…Continue reading »
Exeter: Body-oriented CPD Weekend Group 2018 with Nick Totton & Michael
This weekend CPD group, organised by experienced TA therapist Judy Shaw in Devon around Exeter, will run over 5 weekends…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 »
North London – Ongoing Integrative CPD Group
A broad-spectrum integrative, embodied & relational group for counsellors and psychotherapists from across the therapeutic approaches and modalities - with…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 »
OTS-Oxford: Couple Workshop Series 2018
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Potentials and Pathologies of Character Structure Theory
Michael Soth: European Congress of Body Psychotherapy: the Embodied Self in a dis-Embodied Society: A presentation proposal A presentation addressing…Continue reading »
How are Chaos and Complexity Theory Relevant to our Work as Therapists?
This is a much expanded and updated version of an earlier post two years ago - I have now also…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 »
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 »
Highly recommended interviews with psychoanalytic authors (free audio)
New Books in Psychoanalysis are making available 1-hour long interviews with writers and scholars on their recently published books. Adam…Continue reading »
Presentations from Conference ‘Embodied Intersubjectivity in the Clinic’ with Shaun Gallagher
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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 »