Single orientation schools of therapy have made enormous contributions to the field of psychotherapy, but there is a danger that schools can lead to ‘schoolisms’, generating conflict and closed-mindedness. In an attempt to overcome this, many counsellors have moved towards ‘integrative’ perspectives, however these also tend to offer relatively limited prescriptions of effective therapy. Pluralistic therapy offers a broader and more inclusive perspective.

Pluralism is based on the assumption that no one therapeutic approach has the monopoly on understanding the causes of distress; in other words there is no ‘one size fits all’ treatment. Pluralistic therapy draws on methods from a multiplicity of therapeutic orientations. It suggests therapists respect understandings and practices from across the therapeutic spectrum, and use their skills to help tailor therapy to the individual client. The collaborative therapeutic methods of negotiation and metacommunication will also be looked at in the seminar.

Professor Mick Cooper summarises Pluralistic therapy as...

"A person-centred, humanistic, integrative approach"

Dr Carole Francis-Smith took part in the pilot project ‘Pluralistic Therapy for Depression’ run by Professor Mick Cooper, with supervision from Professor John McLeod and is a strong advocate of the approach. Carole says...

“it is a flexible, collaborative therapy with the client at its heart”

Friday 24th February 7pm -9pm

(arrive for 6.30pm)

At The Beecroft Art Gallery,

Victoria Ave, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6EX

Contact Sam : sam.c@therapyforlife.co.uk

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