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?
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 »
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 »
What’s not quite right about this cartoon? (Id-Ego-Superego/child-adult-parent)
A student submitted this cartoon - here is my response: Nice graphic - did you draw it, or is it…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 »
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 »
The Findings of the Tavistock Adult Depression Study (TADS) – CPD event with Psychoanalyst David Taylor
The Tavistock Adult Depression Study has produced good evidence about the value of psychoanalytic psychotherapy for patients with chronic treatment-resistant…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 »
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 »
Report & Review – Allan Schore: “The growth-promoting role of mutual regressions in deep psychotherapy”
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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 »
Does Derren Brown’s ‘Hero at 30,000 feet’ constitute a challenge to therapy?
If you have not seen that particular episode of Derren Brown's work, here is the link to the full program…Continue reading »
Integrative Trauma Therapy – CPD Workshops in Oxford with Morit Heitzler 2018
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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 »
Commentary and critique of introductory chapter of Martha Stark’s 1999 “Modes of Therapeutic Action”
Martha Stark (1999) “Modes of Therapeutic Action” A summary of the introductory chapter to the book, with commentary and critique…Continue reading »
Interview 2 for Psychotherapy Excellence webcast series
A series of 10 interviews by Psychotherapy Excellence - Interview 2: How Does Psychotherapy Work? Last Monday I completed the…Continue reading »
Allowing ourselves to be constructed and the enactment of the bad object
A blog post written in preparation for a CPD workshop in Oxford on 4 March 2018 How safe does the…Continue reading »