Pluralistic counselling and psychotherapy

John McLeod, Mick Cooper

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Pluralistic counselling and psychotherapy was developed at the beginning of the 21st century, and reflects some of the key cultural developments in this era. Pluralistic therapy reflects a postmodern suspicion of ‘grand narratives’ such as all-encompassing psychological theories, and a preference instead for ‘local’ solutions. It builds on the increasing tendency for people to be informed consumers of healthcare, whose use of the internet and other media enables them to develop their own ideas about what ails them and how they might be helped. Also relevant is a high level of global or multicultural sensitivity, that takes the form of acknowledgement of the potential value of healing practices from other cultures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Sage Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy
EditorsColin Feltham, Ian Horton
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)0857023261
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012


  • counselling
  • psychotherapy
  • pluralistic counselling
  • therapy


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