How to be a Bad Therapist, Webinar Series

Allison Priestman, Nick Totton

Date: 26/06/2020
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

About this event


A webinar series with Nick Totton and Allison Priestman

Fortnightly starting Friday 8th May, 11-1pm
Booking by donation, £10 minimum

We are running two fortnightly groups; there is space in both groups for new people. We look forward to you joining us.

We all want to be good therapists. But how do we know what a good therapist is like? Some of the available models are questionable, relying on crude rules about what not to do, for example:

Don’t disclose – Don’t touch – Don’t show uncertainty – Don’t show strong emotion – Don’t be visibly or audibly sub-cultural – Don’t treat the client as an equal – Don’t be flexible – Always know what to do

It can be difficult to challenge these explicit and implicit rules for fear of being judged as ‘bad therapists’ – hence we may marginalise parts of ourselves and our clients. Can we be ‘good’ therapists if part of us doesn’t show up? It all seems especially relevant at this time of coronavirus: chaos and threat encourage polarisation – good/bad, safe/unsafe, professional/unprofessional …

In these webinars we want to support robust, adventurous practice which trusts our own experience and instincts. Drawing from Embodied-Relational Therapy and Wild Therapy, we will use the concepts of embodied relating and wild mind to support non-defensive practice, based in an attitude of openness, generosity, negotiation, spontaneity and relational availability, and a recognition and acceptance of appropriate risk. We believe that this offers a much greater degree of richness, depth and potential for change, as well a more respectful way of relating.

The format will include informal presentations and dialogue between Allison and Nick and webinar members, supervision, and work in pairs or small groups in Zoom breakout rooms. The first webinar will be a general discussion of these issues, and then we will see what themes emerge for further meetings. Some suggestions from us are:

How to fail gracefully and recover usefully

How not to know best

‘It just came away in my hand’: how to vary the therapeutic frame

How to be inadequate

How to ask the client for help

How to cross boundaries

How to love (and hate) our clients

How to touch and be touched

How to be unsafe.

To Book:- Please book soon, Nick, Minimum donation £10; please be generous if you can, to support those who can afford less. Maximum number 30 participants.

Contact Details
Contact Person: Nick Totton
More contact details: 01453731226

Minimum donation £10,