A protocol for systematic case study research in pluralistic counselling and psychotherapy

John McLeod, Mick Cooper

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Pluralistically-oriented therapy is tailored to the needs and preferences of each client, with the consequence that the course of therapy does not follow a standard pattern. Examining the outcomes and processes of pluralistic therapy therefore requires the adoption of research methodologies that are capable of representing complexity. Systematic case studies comprise a form of inquiry that is well suited to this task. A flexible case study protocol is described, that is capable of being integrated into routine practice by both students and experienced clinicians. Examples are provided of types of research knowledge that may be generated through the use of this approach. Issues associated with the future development of this protocol are highlighted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-58
Number of pages12
JournalCounselling Psychology Review - British Psychological Society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011


  • case study research
  • narrative
  • outcome
  • pluralistic counselling
  • research
  • counselling

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