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 »
Mark Solms: “If the Id is conscious, where and what is ‘the unconscious’?”
Here is a highly recommended video of Mark Solms’ presentation at the NYSPA’s Fall Conference: Neurosciences and Psychoanalysis: From Early…Continue reading »
What actually is ‘Quality of Relationship’ and can it be Enhanced?
It's an important question, as it is the nebulous catch-all phrase increasingly used to capture the essential factor which apparently…Continue reading »
Integrative Trauma Therapy – CPD Workshops in Oxford with Morit Heitzler 2018
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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 »
1. Continuing Development in an ‘impossible profession’?
The more I am developing, the more impossible it gets? When counselling, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and associated disciplines are called 'impossible…Continue reading »
Sustainable practice in the ‘impossible profession’? – Interview with Michael Soth
An interview with Michael in preparation of this CPD workshop "Sustainable practice in the 'impossible profession'?" organised by the Wimbledon…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 »
The Therapist’s Conflict – a Precious Ingredient in the Therapeutic Encounter
CPD Workshop: "How to work when therapy isn't working?" ...when the client’s conflict becomes the therapist’s conflict Traditional academic teaching…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 »
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 »
Presentations from Conference ‘Embodied Intersubjectivity in the Clinic’ with Shaun Gallagher
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Oxford bi-monthly Supervision & Personal-Professional Development Group
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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 »
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 »