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 working alliance they have with their clients? Take part in our online enquiry and join us in a shared experimental learning process. You are welcome to join in the enquiry around this topic which I [...]

By |2017-08-31T17:56:09+00:00July 1st, 2015|Michael's Psychotherapy CPD Blog|0 Comments

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 to launch. We are very happy with it for now, although some options are not implemented yet. At last, all the resources are in one place, and they are easily accessible and it is fairly [...]

By |2017-04-08T20:35:02+00:00June 12th, 2014|INTEGRA CPD News|0 Comments

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 CPD day in Oxford - 19th January 2019 After the OTS training day we had in Oxford on September 16th (on ‘Relational Dilemmas of First Sessions and Initial Assessments') we have had several enquiries and [...]

By |2018-10-26T01:34:20+00:00October 4th, 2018|General Blog Posts|0 Comments

Bristol Monthly Small Supervision Groups

Integrative, experiential supervision groups with Michael Soth These small supervision groups run on a regular monthly basis (Tuesdays) at Fulcrum House in Bristol. There are three groups with 4 participants each during each Tuesday (11.20-13.20; 13.30-15.30; 15.45-17.45). Currently all three groups are full and no places are likely to become available - there is [...]

By |2019-03-16T07:54:55+00:00September 3rd, 2018|CPD Workshops, Courses & Events|0 Comments

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) originally organised by Eamonn Marshall, has been running since 2014, meeting 6 times per year, in varying configurations and with various members. There is obviously an established group dynamic and cohesion, and new participants would [...]

By |2018-09-03T08:25:00+00:00September 3rd, 2018|CPD Workshops, Courses & Events|0 Comments

Oxford bi-monthly Supervision & Personal-Professional Development Group

meeting bi-monthly on Tuesdays in West Oxford (10.00 – 16.30) maximum 7 participants - currently closed Purpose and scope of group This advanced group is open to experienced counsellors and psychotherapists from different therapeutic approaches, orientations and trainings. It is an ongoing integrative group, meeting 6 times per year, and it has been [...]

By |2018-09-03T08:07:51+00:00September 3rd, 2018|CPD Workshops, Courses & Events|0 Comments

Exeter: Body-oriented CPD Weekend Group 2019 with Michael Soth

This weekend CPD group, organised by experienced TA therapist Judy Shaw in Devon around Exeter (the weekends will take place at Judy's place in Offwell near Honiton), will run throughout 2019 and into 2020, with different weekends led by Michael Soth and other trainers. 3 weekends led by Michael will constitute a mini-series on 'relational [...]

By |2018-11-14T19:56:32+00:00September 2nd, 2018|CPD Workshops, Courses & Events|0 Comments

Gathering the fragments (2018)

I have been using the phrase 'gathering the fragments of the enactment' for many years, and many of you have asked me to give more detail - here finally is 'another fragment'. I'm grateful to the students on my recent teaching touring in Pakistan, as well as all the tutors and assistants present, who [...]

By |2019-01-26T11:49:02+00:00August 26th, 2018|General Blog Posts|0 Comments

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 but linked recognitions which inspired the workshop, and the 2017 article which it is based upon: 1) the essential impossibility at the heart of the therapeutic profession, and 2) the consequent difficulty in sustaining its [...]

By |2018-05-25T01:42:44+00:00May 9th, 2018|Michael's Psychotherapy CPD Blog|0 Comments

Integrative Trauma Therapy – CPD Workshops in Oxford with Morit Heitzler 2018

in Oxford with Morit Heitzler integrative - embodied - relational trauma therapy for counsellors and therapists working with trauma (suitable for practitioners from across all therapeutic approaches) If some of your trauma clients show resistance, manifest stuckness or get caught in hidden dissociation or re-traumatisation dynamics, or you encounter unexpected ruptures, impasses or enactments, these workshops are for [...]

Report & Review – Allan Schore: “The growth-promoting role of mutual regressions in deep psychotherapy”

On 23 September 2017 I attended the CPD day (6-hour PowerPoint lecture) "On the growth-promoting role of mutual regressions in deep psychotherapy" (organised by nscience in London) because Allan Schore was promising to offer his latest thinking, and I think he delivered on that promise: he offered some genuine paradigm-shifting ideas and principles. [...]

By |2018-05-25T00:59:08+00:00January 13th, 2018|CPD Workshops, Courses & Events, General Blog Posts|0 Comments

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 therapeutic space need to be? In our attempts to create a safe, empathic and accepting environment for the client in which they can afford to feel open, undefended and vulnerable, we provide a therapeutic presence [...]

By |2018-03-03T00:10:49+00:00January 13th, 2018|CPD Workshops, Courses & Events, General Blog Posts|0 Comments

OTS-Oxford: Couple Workshop Series 2018

This series of evenings and day workshops is designed to give space to you as a couple. We invite you to invest in your relationship. In our culture that’s a rare opportunity – normally we expect ourselves to just get on, by virtue of being supposedly loving, cooperative, committed adults. But that’s an unrealistic, [...]

By |2017-12-02T20:47:37+00:00December 2nd, 2017|General Blog Posts|0 Comments

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 the maze of the psychological therapies The psychological therapies are a minefield, and very confusing for the layperson. What are the differences between psychology, CBT, counselling, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis (and many, many others)? Even the [...]

By |2017-12-02T20:53:31+00:00December 2nd, 2017|General Blog Posts|0 Comments

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 during 2018, with 2 weekends led by Nick Totton and 2 by Michael Soth. The weekends will take place at Judy's place in Offwell near Honiton. Dates for 2018 March 17/18: Nick & Michael together [...]

By |2018-05-03T19:57:21+00:00December 2nd, 2017|CPD Workshops, Courses & Events|0 Comments

Pakistan: TherapyWorks Level V Diploma – Psychotherapy Integration

  Starts 5 February 2018 in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad The aim of the course is to work towards a comprehensive map of the field and develop a relational meta-position that integrates the whole broad range of approaches. This can help us evolve beyond a merely eclectic stance which picks and chooses pragmatically or [...]

Integrative Trauma Therapy – CPD Workshops in Oxford with Morit Heitzler 2016/17

CPD Training Days with Morit Heitzler These workshops are designed for practising counsellors and therapists who have some previous training and experience with trauma work. They might best be described as 'intermediate' workshops, for therapists who have completed basic training in one of the modern trauma therapies: Somatic Trauma Therapy (Babette Rothschild), Somatic Experiencing [...]

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 depressions - a significant mental disorder. For those who believe in psycho-analysis, to submit it to an RCT can seem like the kind of trial that Kierkegaard saw in the Old Testament story of Abraham’s [...]

By |2017-04-12T06:57:23+00:00April 12th, 2017|CPD Workshops, Courses & Events|0 Comments

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 added  a resource section at the bottom, with commentaries on useful books.  I've been doing this work in preparation for the CPD weekend “Working at the Edge of Chaos” on 29 & 30 April 2017 [...]

By |2017-06-10T00:01:12+00:00April 1st, 2017|Michael's Psychotherapy CPD Blog|0 Comments