Relational depth: what the research is telling us?

Mick Cooper

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Relational depth can be defined as 'A state of profound contact and engagement between two people.' The term was coined by Dave Mearns in the 1990s (though many other philosophers and psychologists have written of this in-depth connecting), and was developed in Mearns and Cooper's Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Sage, 2005), which included empirical research on therapists' experiences of in-depth meetings.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2008
EventCOSCA 5th Counselling Research Dialogue - Stirling
Duration: 25 Nov 2008 → …


ConferenceCOSCA 5th Counselling Research Dialogue
Period25/11/08 → …


  • relational depth
  • research
  • psychotherapy
  • meetings

Research Output

Experiencing relational depth in therapy: What we know so far

Cooper, M., 2013, Relational Depth: New Perspectives and Developments. Knox, R., Murphy, D., Wiggins, S. & Cooper, M. (eds.). p. 62-76 15 p.

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Cooper, M. (2008). Relational depth: what the research is telling us?. Paper presented at COSCA 5th Counselling Research Dialogue, Stirling, .