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…

‘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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

‘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…

Pluralistic therapy and William James’s A Pluralistic Universe

Jay Beichman, Counsellor/Therapist, Brighton. Pluralistic therapy seems—so far—to have had a tendency towards emphasising quantitative research and a desire to gain ‘scientific’ credibility. The 2nd International Conference of Pluralistic Psychotherapy and Counselling in 2019 matter-of-factly stated that they were ‘pleased to inform [me] that the scientific panel’ had accepted my…