Personal and Professional Development Groups in Counselling and Psychotherapy Training: A Pluralistic Perspective

Julia McLeod, Marie-Clare Murphie, Kate Smith, Christine Kupfer and Mhairi Thurston (University of Abertay), Hanne Oddli (University of Oslo), Lynne Gabriel (York St John University), Mick Cooper (University of Roehampton) What do personal and professional development (PPD) groups, on counselling and psychotherapy training courses, look like from a pluralistic perspective?…

Metamodernism and Pluralism

Marie-Clare Murphie, 2nd Year PhD student at Abertay University, Dundee, researching the processes and outcomes of pluralistic therapy (1206416@uad.ac.uk) How do you define the undefinable? I have been mulling this question over for the past year, as I try to develop an adherence scale for pluralistic therapy as part of…

Moving from Busyness to Retirement and Older Age: Can Pluralistic Counselling Help?

Dr. Nicholas Sarantakis, Senior Lecturer at the University of Northampton, www.nicholassarantakis.com, nicholas.sarantakis@gmail.com Pluralistic counselling, by definition, draws on a combination of different ideas and therapeutic approaches and techniques; where the journey from psychological distress to contentment and fulfilment is an ongoing, often convoluted, process. This is pretty much like life…

Pluralism: A Home for Gender Fluidity?

Dan Jones is a mental health social worker in the University of Roehampton’s Student Support Services and with the Enabling Assessment Service London. He is also a trainee psychotherapist at the Minster Centre. As I write this, I am again feeling a profound sense of anxiety – an experience which…

East Scotland PPN Meeting

We’re planning to have a Pluralistic Practice Network (PPN) meeting on Sat 1st August 10am-12pm. It’s open to everyone in East Scotland who is training, qualified, or interested in pluralism. It’ll be on Zoom this time; apologies to people who tried to get on last time and encountered difficulties! Following…

10 Principles of Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy Research

Mick Cooper, Professor of Counselling Psychology, University of Roehampton What does counselling and psychotherapy research look like, from a pluralistic perspective? Here are ten principles that, for me, would be essential to such research (and, of course, this is a very personal perspective). A genuine openness to the evidence. We…

Exciting Conference Update

The Pluralistic Practice Network have some exciting news to share with you! After the disappointing but unavoidable cancellation of our planned conference in Dublin this year we have decided to have an online conference. The International Conference for Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy (ICPCP) 2020 will be held on Sunday 19th…

Complexities of Working with Client Preferences

Caroline Burke, psychotherapist in private practice, Personal Development Tutor, IICP. The pluralistic approach—which prioritises the perspective of the client, their goals, and preferences—has challenged me personally. I trained as a psychodynamic psychotherapist, so the organic unfolding of a client’s story within the cultivation of a therapeutic relationship, unrestricted by time, is…

Bread and Jam and Sparkling Wine? Can I be Person-Centred and Pluralistic?

Ani de la Prida, creative arts counsellor, psychotherapist, founder of the Association for Person Centred Creative Arts, and lecturer at the University of East London I have been a passionate person-centred therapist and trainer for many years. A couple of years ago I attended the pluralistic conference in London, and…

Heal Thy-Self: Goal Setting for Self

Darren Hopgood, MBACP NCS, child counsellor, adult carer support counsellor, online counsellor As my dissertation word count is not increasing in any way, and my deadline getting closer and closer, and the realisation that I am getting less present-motivated and more future-anxious, I needed help.  While the storm outside kept…

Arguing the Difference While Rome Burns: Perhaps Pluralism Can Help?

Andrew Reeves, Associate Professor in the Counselling Professions and Mental Health, University of Chester Like many others working in the psychological therapies I have, over my 30-plus years of being a practitioner, been immersed in the diversity of therapeutic approaches. Humanistic, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural – to name the loose umbrella headings…

A ‘Love’ Letter to Pluralism

Dear Pluralism, I have had a lot of time on my hands over the last month or, more aptly, the hands of the clock are rotating in very unprecedented ways for me. I suppose this coupled with the imminent ending of my university studies as a pluralistic therapist has found…

‘We’re making it up as we go along!’ Co-production in Pluralistic Person-Centred Therapy

Nicola Blunden; BACP Accredited Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Supervisor, and Trainer, Metanoia Institute, London; Co-Convenor Holi: Co-productive Research in Wales This blog is an overview of co-produced, pluralistic person-centred therapy, as I live it with my clients. I talk about co-production, and what it is generally in health care, where it has…

Working Online: A Practitioner Reflects

Allie Scott, BACP (Accred), PMCOSCA, ACTO Within the world of counselling and psychotherapy right now there is an awful lot of pressure on therapists to transition their work to the online environment – this is all very well and good but actually nowhere near as simple as might be hoped! Online counselling consists of a range of relatively…

Why We Should Acknowledge and Accommodate Clients’ Wants and Needs

Jonny Hutchinson, Trainee Counselling Psychologist, University of Roehampton This blog is a response to one of the points raised in Ong, Murphy, and Joseph’s (2020) critique of the pluralistic approach to counselling and psychotherapy. For reasons of space, I’ve chosen to address just one particular aspect of their argument, but…

From the Actualising Tendency to Autonomy: How do we Understand and Honour Self-Determinism in Pluralistic, Integrative, and Person-Centred Therapy?

Erin Stevens, Counsellor/Psychotherapist, blogger A few years ago, in therapy, as I discussed some of the more questionable choices I have made in my life, my therapist said to me ‘You always get to where you need to be, Erin. You might not always take the most orthodox route, but…