Submission Extension Deadline

We are delighted to be able to extend the deadline for submissions for our June conference. The new deadline is the 28th April 2023. This year’s theme is ‘Applied Pluralistic Therapy: What are we doing in practice?’ and will explore the impact of collaboration and taking our practices beyond the…

Going for Accreditation as a Pluralistic Counsellor

John Hills, Tricia Joyce, Julia McLeod, Nicola Blunden, James Schindler-Ord, and Gary Tebble. With thanks to: Kevin Kirwan (BACP) and Jenny McLintock (COSCA) If you are a pluralistic therapist preparing to apply for accreditation, you may be wondering about professional body attitudes towards pluralism, as an emerging approach within counselling…

Interview with Artificial Intelligence Bot ‘ChatGPT’ about Pluralistic Therapy… and It Writes Us a Poem, Too

Nicola Blunden, Metanoia Institute. Some of you may have seen the incredible new Artificial Intelligence chatbot, ChatGPT, released recently for free use. I asked it to describe itself for this blog, and it replied: I am a large language model trained by OpenAI. I am designed to generate human-like text…

A response to Ong, Murphy, and Joseph regarding Cooper and McLeod’s exposition of pluralistic practice

Ross Crisp, ross.crispsy@gmail.com In their 2020 article, published in Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, Ong, Murphy, and Joseph claimed that Cooper and McLeod’s exposition of pluralistic practice embraces specific ontological ‘positions’ for different schools of psychotherapy. They argued, incorrectly, that it equates to an ‘ontological eclecticism’ that is incompatible with Carl…

International Conference on Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy Prize Winners

We are delighted to announce our conference prize winners from the last two years. You can find more information on each of the projects and links to watch the presentations below. You can watch all of the recordings from the conference here. Congratulations to all of our prize winners! Senior…

Pluralistic Practice: A Medical Anthropology Perspective

Dr Natalie Tobert, Medical Anthropologist, natalietobert@gmail.com , https://www.aethos.org.uk/   Multiple Narratives, Plural Perspectives One essential requirement of the discipline of medical anthropology is to honour multiple narratives around health and wellbeing. Research within medical anthropology always ensures plural perspectives are explored, so people are witnessed according to their own understandings, and…

Introducing ‘pluralistic sand-tray therapy’: Humanistic principles for working creatively with adult clients

Doreen Fleet PhD, Visiting lecturer and PhD Research Supervisor, University of Chester; Author of Pluralistic sand-tray therapy (2022, Routledge) As a counsellor and trainer, I have always seen the benefit of using sand-tray with adult clients who want to work creatively. The client will select objects to symbolise their inner…

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…