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 – 2
Ralph R Greenson (1967) Technique and Practice of Psychoanalysis Greenson defined the working alliance as: “the relatively non-and neurotic, rational,…Continue reading »
What do we mean by ‘relational’?
Over the last 15 years or so, relational perspectives have had a significant impact across the field of psychotherapy. However,…Continue reading »
Challenges in Making a Sustainable Living as a Therapist
What are the emotional/psychological factors that limit a thriving practice for therapists (and helping professionals generally)? Preparatory considerations for workshop…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 »
Adrienne Margarian: Working with Somatic Countertransference, a Cross-Cultural perspective
PsycheVisual presents Video by Adrienne Margarian on Somatic Countertransference In this short video extract from her lecture, Adrienne Margarian summarises her…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 »
Oxford bi-monthly Supervision & Personal-Professional Development Group
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Integrative Trauma Therapy – 3 CPD Workshops in Oxford with Morit Heitzler
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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 »
London: bi-monthly Advanced Supervision Group for Experienced Therapists
This group (maximum 7 participants, meeting once every 2 months on a Tuesday in Hendon, North London 10:15 to 16:45)…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 »
Sustainable practice in the impossible profession – Interview with Michael Soth
Your workshop ‘the Impossible Profession’ is unique in its concept, what led you to its creation? There are two separate…Continue reading »
Visionary psychoanalyst Harold Searles has died
Harold Searles has died - see obituary and commentaries on this visionary psychoanalyst. There is also a piece of writing…Continue reading »
Integrative Trauma Therapy – CPD Workshops in Oxford with Morit Heitzler 2016/17
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Enactment – a brief definition by Russell Rose
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