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Soth20180922_NorthLondon_ConflictedFrame-UninvestedTherapist'The conflicted therapeutic frame and the uninvested therapist'
This talk follows on from the previous one (Soth20180310_NorthLondon_Ego_versus_AntiEgoTherapy - on how the client's conflict becomes the therapist's conflict and also manifests in opposing ideas and constructions of therapy as 'Ego-therapy' versus the 'Anti-Ego-therapy', and how the therapist who pursues a self-actualisation/wholeness agenda on behalf of the client is drawn into a constant enactment of becoming an enemy of the client's ego).
This talk is about what one of our participants called the 'un-invested therapist' - a third position beyond taking sides either with the client's ‘habitual mode’ or the client's ‘emergency’. From that third position it becomes possible to 'hold' the conflict, i.e. by holding an essentially paradoxical position, and to actively support either side, both the ‘habitual mode’ AND the ‘emergency’. From that third position it then becomes feasible for the therapist also to lose that position (rather than becoming dogmatically invested in the 'un-invested' position), and to allow themselves to be drawn into enactments, but now in the context of having had the prior reference point of the third position.
Soth2018 Report & Review: Allan Schore's latest thinking (Presentation September 2017)Recording of an evening seminar with Michael Soth where he speaks for about 90 minutes, giving a report & review on Allan Schore's presentation (September 2017): “The growth-promoting role of mutual regressions in deep psychotherapy”. See also the following blog post: https://integra-cpd.co.uk/general/report-review-growth-promoting-role-mutual-regressions-deep-psychotherapy/
Soth20180310_NorthLondon_Ego_versus_AntiEgoTherapy'Ego-therapy' versus 'Anti-Ego-therapy'
Michael Soth speaking for about 60 minutes about the client's internal conflict in terms of 'habitual mode' versus 'emergency', and how that sets up a corresponding conflict in the therapist in terms of taking sides with one or the other of these polarities. We can elaborate that into to opposing constructions of the therapeutic space: the 'Ego-therapy' versus the 'Anti-Ego-therapy'.
Many therapists, and many therapy approaches precipitate habitual enactment by siding with the 'emergency' against the 'habitual mode'. By assuming that the client understands and is on board with what we take for granted as the necessary 'Anti-Ego-therapy' (the deep process towards self-actualisation, wholeness, individuation), we hugely overestimate the degree of the working alliance which the client's split ego is capable of offering. By taking sides with the ‘emergency’, we make ourselves an enemy of the client's ego; by constructing ourselves as therapeutic champions of the 'Anti-Ego-therapy', we end up enacting the client's internal conflict inter-personally, and end up battling against the client's defences - this is exhausting and unsustainable for the therapist.