A pluralistic framework for counselling and psychotherapy practice: implications for therapist training and development

John McLeod


There exists a substantial amount of research evidence supporting the effectiveness of a wide range of psychotherapeutic interventions, and therapy approaches. There is also evidence for the positive impact on psychological difficulties, of a wide range of everyday activities, such as engagement in spiritual practice, physical exercise, and travel. A pluralistic perspective on counselling and psychotherapy encourages the use of all possible sources of learning and support, in the interest of enabling clients to achieve their therapeutic goals and move on in their lives. The present paper offers an outline of a model of collaborative pluralistic practice, designed to encourage
client active participation in therapy, and the maximisation of both client and therapist resourcefulness. This is followed by a discussion of the implications of adopting a pluralistic approach, for therapist training and professional development. Finally, consideration of given to the role of research as a means of enhancing pluralistic practice.


counselling, pluralism, personal and professional development, psychotherapy, research, training


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