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Apr 2014 by PCI College

Bite-Sized Book Review - 'Pluralistic Counselling & Psychotherapy'

We are beginning a series of short, digestible reviews about counselling, psychotherapy, psychology and other books of interest. This week its: 'Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy' by Mick Cooper and John McLeod reviewed by Eoin Stephens, PCI College President

In my Bite-Sized Book Review last week I mentioned Mick Cooper’s talk at this year’s IACP AGM on “Pluralistic Counselling & Psychotherapy”, so I thought it would be good to draw attention this week to his book of the same title (with John McLeod).

Cooper and McLeod promote a ‘pluralistic perspective’ on counselling & psychotherapy, which they define as “…the assumption that different clients are likely to benefit from different therapeutic methods at different points in time, and that therapists should work collaboratively with clients to help them identify what they want from therapy and how they might achieve it.” They distinguish this from pluralistic practice, where a practitioner draws from a range of approaches to make up their individual style. A practitioner working within a single orientation could still take a pluralistic perspective, though only if they were willing to refer on any clients who seemed more likely to benefit from a different approach than their own.

These ideas, expanded further in the book, definitely deserve our attention at this stage of the development of our profession, and the book itself (like many published by Sage) is both readable and profound.

Eoin Stephens, PCI College President (April 2014)

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