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!

4th International Conference on Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy – Submission Deadline Extended!

We have now extended the deadline for submissions to Friday 11th June due to ongoing interest. Please find more information regarding submissions here and book tickets here. We welcome submissions from trainees, practitioners, and service users, as well as more experienced academics and researchers.  Our aim is to create a warm, friendly, and…

Do Clients Want What They Want? Understanding Preferences Through the Directional Framework

Mick Cooper, Professor of Counselling Psychology, University of Roehampton ‘The problem with pluralistic therapy is that clients do not know what they want.’ This criticism of pluralism, levelled even by advocates of a person-centred approach, has many parallels in the field of social and political theory. Here, ‘preference utilitarianism’, articulated…

Reflections on Using the Cooper-Norcross Inventory of Preferences (C-NIP): Confronting Early Dropout

Michelle Briggs, UKCP-accredited psychotherapist in private practice at Counselling West Bridgford Pressure to Connect? I tend to describe myself as a person-centred psychotherapist, placing the therapist-client relationship at the heart of the therapeutic process, following the pace of and being led by the client. This is all well and good,…

Working Pluralistically with Parts of Self: The Principles of Inner Pluralism

Nicola Blunden, Metanoia Institute, London In this blog, I outline the key elements of working with self-plurality (the experience of multiple inner ‘selves’), and I describe the creative synergy between the pluralistic approach and this work, in particular in our commitment to collaboration, multiplicity, and flexibility. The Spectrum of Self-Plurality…