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…

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…