What is Psychotherapy?
This is a new series of interviews with an impressive line-up of well-known psychotherapists associated with major modality approaches. As we discovered, the responses are anything but basic - ranging from provocative to reassuring, from thought provoking to inspiring.
Cutting-edge responses from 10 influencial household names
This is a new series of interviews with an impressive line-up of well-known psychotherapists associated with major modality approaches. As we discovered, the responses are anything but basic - ranging from provocative to reassuring, from thought provoking to inspiring. We wanted to know how our interviewees describe what they do, what they thought made it work, and we wanted their thoughts about a research study about making established psychotherapists more effective.
We were also surprised how, throughout the interview series, these conversations evoke images of a psychotherapy field that is a little more discoursive and inclusive than the more familiar commonly painted landscapes defined by modalities.
Health warning: If you are looking for definitive answers, these interviews may disturb your comfort zone
Mick Cooper is a Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton, London; and a practising counselling psychologist and existential psychotherapist. Mick is author and editor of a wide range of texts on person-centred, existential, and relational approaches to therapy, including Existential Therapies (Sage, 2003), Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Sage, 2005, with Dave Mearns), Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy (Sage, 2011, with John McLeod), and The Handbook of Person-centred Psychotherapy and Counselling (Palgrave, 2003, with Maureen O’Hara, Art Bohart and Peter Schmid).
Windy Dryden is Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths University of London, and is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. He has authored or edited more than 195 books, including the second edition of Counselling in a Nutshell (Sage, 2011) and Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy: Distinctive Features (Routledge, 2009). In addition, he edits 20 book series in the area of counseling and psychotherapy, including the Distinctive Features in CBT series (Routledge) and the Counselling in a Nutshell series (Sage).
Helena Hargaden (MSc., DPsych., Training and Supervisory Transactional Analyst) is a Psychotherapist, Writer, Coach and Supervisor. In collaboration with others she developed relational perspectives of TA and has been widely published and translated into a number of other languages. She lives on the South Coast by the sea where she has a clinical practice, continues to develop clinical ideas, currently integrating Bhuddism and Jungian perspectives with relational TA, as well as writing fiction.
Gaie Houston, M.A [Oxon}. Dip. A.B. Sc. has practiced and taught Gestalt Therapy in the UK since 1974. She has developed Gestalt theory and practice in group and organisation work, written nine books, and now supervises and trains in many countries, including Kyrghyztan and Russia among others in the last two years. She has presented three television series, written many plays and directed four operas.
Barry Mason is a systemic psychotherapist and supervisor working in private practice. He was the Director of the Institute of Family Therapy for many years where he also Chaired the supervision and doctoral programmes. He studies for his own doctorate at the Tavistock Clinic where he did research on developing a relational approach to the management of chronic pain. He has published extensively and is presently working on a new book.
Professor Andrew Samuels is a Jungian analyst, university professor, author, activist and political consultant. He is well known for his work at the interface of psychotherapy and politics. His work on sexuality, relationships, spirituality, men and fathers has been widely appreciated. He is a former Chair of the UK Council for Psychotherapy, co-founder of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility and of the Alliance for Counselling and Psychotherapy. His many books have been translated into 19 languages. www.andrewsamuels.com.
John is a training analyst at the Institute of Group Analysis, London; an honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London; a Certified Group Therapist with the American Group Psychotherapy Association and a Founder Member of the British Society for Couple Psychotherapy and Counselling. He was a Founding Trustee of the Medical Foundation for Victims of Torture and he is a regular contributor at international events and conducts master classes for psychotherapists in Israel and USA. In 2009 he founded the Bloomsbury Psychotherapy Practice where he is in private practice. He is the author of many papers and book chapters. His own first book is due for publication in 2015: From The Couch To The Circle: The Routledge Handbook of Group-Analytic Psychotherapy.
Michael Soth is an integral-relational Body Psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor (UKCP). His work and teaching is oriented towards a full-spectrum integration of all therapeutic modalities and approaches. Inheriting concepts, values and ways of working from both psychoanalytic and humanistic traditions, he is interested in the therapeutic relationship as a bodymind process between two people who are both wounded and whole.
Emmy Van Deurzen
Emmy van Deurzen is a Philosopher, Counselling Psychologist and Existential Psychotherapist. She founded the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling at Regent’s College, the Society for Existential Analysis and the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, of which she continues to be Principal. Her application of philosophical ideas to psychology, psychotherapy, counselling and coaching has been instrumental in establishing the existential paradigm firmly in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. She lectures worldwide and her many books have been translated into a dozen languages.
Lisa Wake, Master Trainer of NLP, is accredited by the UKCP as a neurolinguistic psychotherapist and has an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice focusing on the applied psychology of NLP. Lisa is currently studying towards a PhD in Psychology at Surrey University. Lisa has served as both Chair and Vice Chair of the UKCP. Lisa is author of two books namely: Neurolinguistic Psychotherapy: a Postmodern Perspective and The Role of Brief Therapy in Attachment Disorders.