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 »
2. In an impossible profession, the therapist NEEDS to fail
In an impossible profession, the therapist needs to fail In the last entry, I suggested that psychotherapy's depth, impact and…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 »
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 »
Gathering the fragments (2018)
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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 »
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 »
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 »
INTEGRA CPD Survey: Your Ideas and Preferences for Future Workshops & Events (2018 and beyond)
As we sometimes do at this stage in the yearly cycle of our planning, we now invite you to have…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 »
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 »
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 »
Different types of embodiment work (Part 2)
You are bound to fail as a facilitator if you get trapped in the client's character This is Part 2…Continue reading »
3. How do we further continuing development in an ‘impossible profession’?
How do we further continuing development in an 'impossible profession'? In the last two entries, I described the crisis point…Continue reading »
“And So It Goes On” – a story of one therapy by Russell Rose
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