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What is Psychotherapy?

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Mick Cooper |  Windy Dryden, PhD |  Helena Hargaden |  Gaie Houston |  Barry Mason |  Andrew Samuels |  John Schlapobersky |  Michael Soth |  Emmy Van Deurzen |  Lisa Wake
7 Hours 22 Minutes
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Apr 01, 2014
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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



This online program is worth 8 hours CPD.


Mick Cooper's Profile

Mick Cooper Related seminars and products

Mick Cooper is an internationally recognised author, trainer, and consultant in the field of humanistic, existential, and pluralistic therapies. He is a chartered psychologist, and professor of counselling psychology at the University of Roehampton. Mick has facilitated workshops and lectures around the world, including New Zealand, Lithuania, and Florida. Mick’s books include Existential Therapies (Sage, 2017), Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Sage, 2018) and The Handbook of Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling (Palgrave, 2013). His latest work is Integrating Counselling and Psychotherapy: Directionality, Synergy, and Social Change (Sage, 2019).

Mick’s principal areas of research have been in shared decision-making/personalizing therapy, and counselling for young people in schools. In 2014, Mick received the Carmi Harari Mid-Career Award from Division 32 of the American Psychological Association. He is a Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Academy of Social Sciences.

Windy Dryden, PhD's Profile

Windy Dryden, PhD Related seminars and products

Windy Dryden is Emeritus Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths University of London and is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He has authored or edited 233 books. His current interests are in single-session and very brief interventions within a therapy and coaching context. Relevant publications include: When Time is at a Premium (Rationality Publication, 2016), Single Session Integrated CBT: Distinctive Features (Routledge, 2017) and Very Brief Cognitive-Behavioural Coaching (Routledge, 2017). His book Very Brief Therapeutic Conversations (Routledge, 2018) is focused on work he has done conducting live demonstrations of therapy/coaching in front of an audience that lasts 30 minutes or less. He has done more than 380 such demonstrations all over the world. His latest books are Single Session Therapy: 100 Key Points and Techniques (Routledge, 2019) which outlines the theoretical underpinnings and practical applications of the single-session mindset, Single-Session One-At-A-Time Therapy: A Rational Emotive Behavioural Approach (Routledge, 2019) which presents an REBT perspective on SST/OAAT, Single-Session Therapy: Distinctive Features (Routledge, 2019), which outlines the theoretical and practical distinctive features of this way of working with clients and The Single-Session Counselling Primer: Principles and Practice, which is a comprehensive introduction to SST for counsellors. His goal is to disseminate SST/OAAT with the hope that it might help provide help at the point of need within the NHS, a form of IAPT where the “I” stands for “Immediate.”


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Windy Dryden maintains a private practice. He receives royalties as a published author. Windy Dryden receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Windy Dryden is a member of the British Psychological Society, the American Psychological Association, and the Psychology and Psychotherapy Association.

Helena Hargaden Related seminars and products

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 Related seminars and products

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 Related seminars and products

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.  

Andrew Samuels's Profile

Andrew Samuels Related seminars and products

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.

John Schlapobersky Related seminars and products

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's Profile

Michael Soth Related seminars and products

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.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Michael Soth is the founding member and training director of Oxford Therapy & Self-Development and maintains a private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Michael Soth is a contributor to CPD organizations in the UK.

Emmy Van Deurzen Related seminars and products

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 Related seminars and products

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.



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Total Reviews: 26


Justyna M

"Very interesting and mentally stimulating talks, great questions and subjects covered. "

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