Is There A Need For Pluralistic CBT?

Ashleigh Hennessy, 2nd Year BA (Hons) Student, studying Counselling and Therapeutic Practice at the University of South Wales Currently there is a lack of research and writing into the benefits of doing CBT within the pluralistic framework. Although Beck, as cited by Windy Dryden, emphasises the importance of collaboration within…

Pluralistic Therapy Meets Global Mental Health

Lynne Gabriel, Christine Kupfer, John McLeod, Kate Smith and Mhairi Thurston A group of members of the pluralistic network recently participated in a two-day on-line conference on Pluralizing Global Mental Health Care: crisis, and critique, hosted by the University of Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology. We presented two papers –…

Collaboration, Metacommunication, and Pluralistic Therapy

Jay Beichman, Counsellor/Psychotherapist in Private Practice The following thoughts about collaboration, metacommunication, and pluralistic therapy are drawn from my thesis How Counsellors and Psychotherapists Make Sense of Pluralistic Approaches to Therapy (2018). I write this in anticipation of this year’s Pluralistic Therapy Conference. In my view, pluralism is better thought…

The 2022 International Conference on Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy: A Personal Introduction to the Speakers and What their Work has meant to me –John McLeod

The 5th annual conference on pluralistic practice is being held on 3-4th June 2022. As in previous years, the aim of the conference is to provide an inclusive space for counsellors, psychotherapists, and other mental health and care practitioners to come together to share ideas about how to work together…

‘Scaffolding’ and ‘De-Specifying’: Deepening an Understanding of Clients’ Preferences through Conversational Analysis

Sarah Cantwell, @cantwels1 For better or worse, I’ve always had a drive towards trying to comprehend the fundamental structure of things. Unsurprisingly then, I majored in philosophy for my undergraduate degree, and I took my curiosity about underlying causes with me, through my studies in psychology and into my counselling…

Deadline for Submissions Extended

We are delighted to invite further submissions for the fifth international conference on pluralistic counselling and psychotherapy, hosted by The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland. Please find the submissions form here. Venue: Online via ZoomFriday 3rd June (6.00 pm – 7.30 pm) (social event from 8.00 pm)Saturday 4th June (9.15 am…

The Metatherapeutic Current in Pluralism

Nicola Blunden, BSc Person-Centred Pluralistic Counselling, Metanoia Institute, London Terry Eagleton, one of my favourite philosophers, has written that, ‘For much of the time, our intellectual and other activities bowl along fairly serenely, and in this situation no great expenditure of theoretical energy is usually necessary. But there may come…

Tickets Now Available!

We are delighted to announce that tickets for attending the 2022 Pluralistic conference are now on sale! You can buy them here , and also see some videos with a couple of our wonderful keynote speakers!

Psychotherapy at a Time of Social and Political Change and Crisis: Where Do We Stand? What Do We Have to Offer?

John McLeod, Abertay University Dundee, Institute for Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy Dublin Presentation delivered at conference/fundraiser: Psychotherapy & Counselling’s Contribution to Global Peace, Justice, and Wellbeing: What Difference Can We Make? An Emergency Summit, 26th March 2022. The paper was written for presentation to a general audience who would not…

Call for Papers

We are delighted to invite submissions for the fifth international conference on pluralistic counselling and psychotherapy, hosted by The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland. Please find the submissions form here. Venue: Online via ZoomFriday 3rd June (6.00 pm – 7.30 pm) (social event from 8.00 pm)Saturday 4th June (9.15 am…

Shirley Brennan (1965-2021) Obituary

Julia McLeod, Lecturer in Counselling, Abertay University On the day I learned about Shirley’s death I had just finished reading Mariana Lecky’s book What you can see from here in which a much-loved member of a small community unexpectedly dies and one of the characters describes his heart as ‘weighing…

Pluralism as Diversity in Practice: But What about Indigenous and Transpersonal Approaches?

Joe Bartholomew, trainee psychotherapist, Brighton Therapy Centre; radicalcultureint@gmail.com; www.radicalculture.co.uk On my journey as a trainee therapist I’ve previously worked as a trainee NHS psychological wellbeing practitioner (PWP) within an IAPT service. This involved using a CBT model, as well as CBT based interventions when working with clients. More recently in…

Writing a Blog for Pluralistic Practice

Blogs should be emailed, ideally as a Word file, to Mick Cooper at mick.cooper@roehampton.ac.uk Pluralistic practice welcomes blog posts from all members of the counselling and psychotherapy community, as well as the wider field. You don’t have to be a ‘signed up’ pluralist or agree with what pluralistic therapists have…

Pluralistic Practitioners Network Creativity Group: Creative Writing in Therapy. Gathering Report from 31st July 2021

Roddie McKenzie PhD, PG Dip. Counselling  (Senior Counsellor with Insight Counselling, Dundee). The PPN Creativity Group on Zoom continues to attract participants from across the UK and Europe. Fourteen attended the July monthly gathering of the group, which focussed on creative writing as a therapeutic tool. We are a mixed…

The Creativity Gathering: Multilingualism and Creativity in Pluralistic Practice (May 29, 2021)

Tatiana Stoyko, pluralistically-minded integrative counsellor, MBACP, www.counsellingnest.com Hello and welcome to the Creativity Gathering! I am writing this with an incredible sense of belonging to the community of people passionate about creative approaches to therapy. The group draws together therapists from different theoretical orientations and promotes openness and curiosity to…

Conference Conversations

Andrew Reeves, Chair of our Pluralistic Practice Steering Group, Kate Smith, former Chair, and Mick Cooper, Pluralistic Therapy co-founder, discuss the forthcoming pluralistic practice conference. Come and join us, July 16th!