Person-centered therapy: a pluralistic perspective

Mick Cooper, John McLeod

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to articulate a ‘‘pluralistic’’ understanding of what it
means to be person-centered. This perspective places particular emphasis on an
understanding of clients as unique, nonstandardizable ‘‘othernesses,’’ whose
therapeutic wants and needs are likely to be highly heterogeneous and
unknowable in advance. Based on this idiographic standpoint, it is argued that
a person-centered understanding of therapeutic change necessitates an openness to, and appreciation of, the many different ways in which clients may benefit from therapy – including, but not limited to, established person-centered and experiential (PCE) practices. To translate such pluralistic principles into practice, it is suggested that therapists should specifically orientate their work toward clients’ goals, and enhance their levels of dialogue and metacommunication with clients regarding the goals, tasks and methods of therapy. This pluralistic approach to person-centered therapy holds other perspectives and practices within the PCE community in high regard, as well as other non-PCE therapies; but it does challenge ‘‘dogmatic person-centeredness’’ and encourages PCE practitioners to be aware of the limits of their work. It also provides a coherent, ‘‘client-centered’’ framework through which PCE therapists can incorporate a wide body of practices, research findings and theories into their work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-223
Number of pages14
JournalPerson-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • person-centered & experiential psychotherapies
  • humanistic psychotherapy
  • Rogers (Carl)
  • integrative psychotherapy
  • eclectic psychotherapy
  • pluralistic counselling

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Person-centred therapy: a pluralistic perspective

Cooper, M., 2010, (Unpublished) University of Strathclyde.

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A pluralistic framework for counselling and psychotherapy: Implications for research

Cooper, M. & McLeod, J., Sep 2007, In : Counselling and Psychotherapy Research. 7, 3, p. 135-143 8 p.

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