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Humanistic Therapy

CREST Humanistic Therapy

Introduction

Humanistic therapies are a range of counselling and psychotherapy approaches, including person-centred therapy, gestalt therapy and emotion-focused therapy. They adopt a variety of therapeutic methods, but are primarily orientated around the establishment of an in-depth relationship with clients which supports the clients’ own growth-promoting tendencies. In the humanistic therapies, there also tends to be a strong focus on helping clients to access, accept and express their feelings and experiences. Colleagues within CREST have particularly focused on the evaluation of person-centred/Rogerian approaches to therapy, both with adults and with children and young people. There is also work on the development of links between humanistic therapies and progressive political approaches.

Current projects

  • Person-centred therapy vs. CBT for subthreshold and mild depression (CLiCD)
 

Publications

  • Cooper, M., & Joseph, S. (in press). Psychological foundations for humanistic psychotherapeutic practice. In D. Cain, K. Keenan & S. Rubin (Eds.), Humanistic psychotherapies. Washington: APA.
  • Cooper, M., McGinnis, S., & Carrick, L. (2014). School-based humanistic counselling for psychological distress in young people: A practice research network to address the attrition problem. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research. doi 10.1080/14733145.2014.929415
  • Pybis, J., Cooper, M., Cromarty, K., Hill, A., Levensley, R., Murdoch, J., & Turner, N. (2014). Small scale randomised controlled trial of school-based counselling for psychological distress in young people: Outcomes and methodological reflections. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research. doi: 10.1080/14733145.2014.905614
  • Cooper, M. (2013). The intrinsic foundations of extrinsic motivations and goals: Towards a unified humanistic theory of wellbeing. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 53(2), 153-171.
  • Cooper, M. (2013). Developmental and personality theory. In M. Cooper, P. F. Schmid, M. O'Hara & G. Wyatt (Eds.), The Handbook of Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling (2nd ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Cooper, M., & Bohart, A. C. (2013). Experiential and phenomenological foundations. In M. Cooper, P. F. Schmid, M. O'Hara & G. Wyatt (Eds.), The Handbook of Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling (2nd ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Cooper, M., & McLeod, J. (2011). Person-centered therapy: A pluralistic perspective. Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, 10(3), 210-223.
  • Cooper, M., O'Hara, M., Schmid, P., & Bohart, A. C. (2013). Person-centred therapy today and tomorrow: Vision, challenge and growth. In M. Cooper, P. F. Schmid, M. O'Hara & G. Wyatt (Eds.), The Handbook of Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling (2nd ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Cooper, M., Schmid, P. F., O'Hara, M., & Bohart, A. C. (Eds.) (2013). The handbook of person-centred psychotherapy and counselling (2nd ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Hill, A., Roth, A., & Cooper, M. (2013). The competences required to deliver effective humanistic counselling for young people. Lutterworth: BACP.
  • McArthur, K., Cooper, M., & Berdondini, L. (2013). School-based humanistic counseling for psychological distress in young people: Pilot randomized controlled trial. Psychotherapy Research, 23(3), 355-365.
  • Cooper, M., Watson, J. C., & Hölldampf, D. (eds) (2010). Person-centered and experiential therapies work: A review of the research on counselling, psychotherapy and related practices. Ross-on-Wye: PCCS.
  • Cooper, M., Watson, J. C., & Hölldampf, D. (2010). Key priorities for research in the person-centered and experiential field: “If not now, when?”. In M. Cooper, J. C. Watson & D. Hölldampf (Eds.), Person-centered and experiential therapies work: A review of the research on counseling, psychotherapy and related practices (pp. 240-251). Ross-on-Wye: PCCS.
  • Proctor, G., Cooper, M., Sanders, P. and Malcolm, B. (eds) (2006). Politicizing the Person-Centred Approach: An agenda for social change, Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books.

Additional resources

Person Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy Scale

Potential research projects

- Outcomes of humanistic therapies (e.g., person-centred, gestalt, etc.)
- Process-outcome studies looking at humanistic elements of the therapeutic relationship (e.g., empathy, prizing)
- Quantitative/qualitative studies on client’s strengths

Theme coordinator

Mick Cooper