Making shared decisions with clients and personalisation
Research suggests that an in-depth, collaborative relationship between therapist and client is at the heart of an effective therapeutic process. The therapeutic relationship is a principal focus of counselling psychologists and therapists from a humanistic, existential and psychodynamic background. Colleagues within CREST have focused on the experience of in-depth relational connection in therapy, and are now looking at the process of sharing decisions with clients about the nature of the therapeutic work. This ‘metatherapeutic communication’ is central to pluralistic practice (Cooper & McLeod, 2011), and is seen as being essential to the development of a personalised therapeutic journey for each client.
- Cooper, M, & Dryden, W. (eds) (2016) The handbook of pluralistic counselling and psychotherapy, London: Sage.
- Cooper, M. (2015). Existential psychotherapy and counselling: Contributions to a pluralistic practice. London: Sage.
- Cooper, M., & Norcross, J. C. (2015). A Brief, Multidimensional Measure of Clients' Therapy Preferences: The Cooper-Norcross Inventory of Preferences (C-NIP). International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, 16: 1. doi: 10.1016/j.ijchp.2015.08.003
- Cooper, M., Wild, C., Rijn, B. v., Ward, T., McLeod, J., Cassar, S., . . . Sreenath, S. (2015). Pluralistic therapy for depression: Acceptability, outcomes and helpful aspects in a multisite study. Counselling Psychology Review, 30(1), 6-20.
- Wallace, K., & Cooper, M. (2015). Development of supervision personalisation forms: A qualitative study of the dimensions along which supervisors’ practices vary. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 15(1), 31-40.
- Bowen, M., & Cooper, M. (2012). Development of a client feedback tool: a qualitative study of therapists’ experiences of using the Therapy Personalisation Forms. European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling, 14, 47-62.
- Thompson, A., & Cooper, M. (2012). Therapists’ experiences of pluralistic practice. European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling, 14(1), 63-76.
- Watson, V., Cooper, M., McArthur, K., & McLeod, J. (2012). Helpful therapeutic processes: A pluralistic analysis of client activities, therapist activities and helpful effects. European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling, 14(1), 77-90.
- Cooper, M., & McLeod, J. (2012). From either/or to both/and: Developing a pluralistic approach to counselling and psychotherapy. European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling, 14(1), 5-18.
- Cooper, M., & McLeod, J. (2011). Person-centered therapy: A pluralistic perspective. Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, 10(3), 210-223.
- Cooper, M., & McLeod, J. (2011). Pluralistic counselling and psychotherapy. London: Sage.
- McLeod, J., & Cooper, M. (2011). A protocol for systematic case study research in pluralistic counselling and psychotherapy. Counselling Psychology Review, 26(4), 47-58.
Cooper, M. (2016). Goals in counselling and psychotherapy.
Cooper, M. (2016). Pluralistic therapy.
Current research projects:
- Development of pluralistic therapy for depression
- Conversational analysis of moments of shared decision making
- Clients’ experiences of shared decision making in therapy