Two-Chair Work with Michael Soth
Two Chair Work: A Creative Experiential Technique with Michael Soth
Solutions to the technique’s recurring pitfalls
When it comes to shifting the focus of therapeutic interaction from ‘talking about’ to ‘exploring the experience’, there are few techniques more useful than ’empty-chair’ or ‘two-chair’ work (this applies to therapy as well as supervision).
However, when therapists attempt using the technique, it often does not produce the intended or intuited results. Having started with what seemed a burning, vibrant issue, the spark gets lost, and the interaction ‘goes flat’ or starts going round in circles.
This CPD day aims to engender both detailed knowledge and skill as well as confidence, whatever level of experience you are currently bringing to this type of work. It is designed as a comprehensive summary of my experience with the technique, (and thus suitable for those who have participated in previous workshops on this topic, aiming at rounding this off into a whole).
I am confident that in terms of the nitty-gritty detail of technique (what you actually do and say as a therapist and in what sequence), these days will be amongst the most specific and useful you will ever do. It’s as close to a ‘recipe book’ of therapeutic intervention as is feasible when we are interested in the aliveness and spontaneity of the client-therapist interaction.
About Michael Soth
Michael Soth is an integral-relational Body Psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor (UKCP), living in Oxford, UK. Over the last 25 years he has been teaching on a variety of counselling and therapy training courses, alongside working as Training Director at the Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy.
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.
In his work and teaching, he integrates an unusually wide range of psychotherapeutic approaches, working towards a full-spectrum integration of all therapeutic modalities and approaches, each with their gifts, wisdom and expertise as well as their shadow aspects, fallacies and areas of obliviousness.
He has written numerous articles and is a frequent presenter at conferences. Extracts from his published writing as well as hand-outs, blogs and summaries of presentations are available through his website for INTEGRA CPD: www.counsellingpsychotherapycpd.co.uk as well as at www.soth.co.uk.