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Integrating Counselling & Psychotherapy


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Chapter 1: Introduction: Towards a Common Framework for Counselling and Psychotherapy Part I: A Common Framework for Counselling Psychotherapy and Social Change: Describing the elephant Chapter 2: Directionality: Philosophical foundations Chapter 3: A phase model of directionality: From fantasy to action Chapter 4: Wellbeing and emotions: Life 'on track' Chapter 5: Goal dimensions: What we strive for counts Chapter 6: A structural model of directionality: What we really, really want Chapter 7: Effectiveness: Better ways of getting where we want to be Chapter 8: Synergies are good Chapter 9: From intrapersonal to interpersonal levels of organisation: playing to win-win Part II: Resources for an integrative practice: Putting the elephant back together Chapter 10: Psychodynamic approaches within a directional framework: Change through awareness Chapter 11: Humanistic approaches within a directional framework Chapter 12: Existential approaches within a directional framework Chapter 13: Cognitive-behavioural approaches within a directional framework Part III: Directional practices: Riding the elephant Chapter 14: Goal-oriented practices Chapter 15: Working with directions in counselling and psychotherapy Chapter 16: Developing interpersonal synergies Chapter 17: Conclusion: Towards better

About the Author

Mick Cooper is Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton, where he is Director of the Centre for Research in Social and Psychological Transformation (CREST). Mick is a chartered psychologist, a UKCP registered psychotherapist, and a Fellow of the BACP. Mick is author and editor of a range of texts on person-centred, existential and relational approaches to therapy; including Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2005, SAGE, with Dave Mearns), Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy (2011, SAGE, with John McLeod) and Existential Therapies (2nd edn, 2017, SAGE). Mick has led a series of research studies exploring the processes and outcomes of humanistic counsel ling with young people. Mick is the father of four children and lives in Brighton on the south coast of England.


Mick's new book is a treasure chest of information. This gem is valuable reading for all levels of experience. It is for anyone looking to advance knowledge, as well as refine their integrative style. It is a solid and insightful read.

-- Lizzie Lumsden

What a fabulous book!

Cooper effortlessly weaves together the complementary strands of philosophy, psychology, psychotherapy and sociology to tell the story that psychological distress is the undermining of control, purpose and self-actualisation by chronic conflict that occurs both between and within individuals. His even-handed approach to psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive-behavioural approaches is both a political masterstroke and a genuine indication of the respect he has for each of their benefits. Not since the great Klaus Grawe have I read such a wide-reaching and scientifically grounded account of psychological distress and therapeutic recovery.

-- Warren Mansell

This book is an exciting and ambitious attempt at theoretical integration in psychotherapy focused on the concept of directionality: 'a forward moving and active quality of human being'. Mick Cooper's easy narrative style gives clarity to the complex material, as he navigates psychological theories and techniques, and gives guidance for practice. His clarity, originality and the wealth of material make this book interesting and useful to both experienced and novice psychotherapists, and an invaluable resource for the pluralistic practice.

-- Dr Biljana Van Rijn
A practical, insightful guide which offers a fresh take on integration that successfully manages to transcend unhelpful 'schoolism'.
-- Petra Kagleder

Mick Cooper offers a new vision of therapeutic integration in which directionality - the forward-moving, active quality of being human - is the unifying principle between different therapeutic orientations and the wider socio-political field the search to help clients achieve their goals.

-- Fiona Ballantine-Dykes
Cooper's work is erudite, informative and engaging. There is something new to learn, and reflect on, on almost every page. It sets a new standard for integrative thinking and practice.
-- Alistair Ross

Mick Cooper takes integration to innovative and thought-provoking levels in his latest textbook. Blending his personal and professional realms, Cooper sets out concepts to advance integrative theory and practice. His conceptualisation of 'directionality' is richly articulated through intimate and intricate, clinical and theoretical constructions. His frequent use of case vignettes and personal examples grounds his complex proposal.

This ambitious and encyclopaedic text is an invaluable resource and reference book for a wide range of practitioners in the counselling professions including: counsellors, clinical and counselling psychologists, psychotherapists, trainers, supervisors and researchers. Additionally, it should be essential reading for students on integrative training courses.

Cooper poignantly states "we cannot not propel ourselves forward in our lives, even if it is against the tide of time or change." This chimes with contemporary social contexts; alas epitomising a political landscape lacking the very thing Cooper eloquently argues for: directionality.

-- Lynne Gabriel

This excellent book takes Mick Cooper's ideas about the relationship between theory and practice a significant step forward.

By placing the human striving for meaning and purpose centre stage he integrates the political dimension that has been lacking in most therapeutic discourse.

-- Martin Adams

This rich book offers diverse insights into concepts underpinning counselling and therapy.

Even if you don't agree with the suggested integrative framework, this work contributes to a crucial conversation in relation to what good looks like for mental health support.

-- Miranda Wolpert

Bound for the reading list of any higher education course relating to the psyche, Cooper's ability to cover so much in 250 pages is impressive....This feels like a work of great respect, to examine the principles mushrooming in an increasingly busy and tetchy field, to remind us that resources are ours to use, to tailor to the person before us, as we attempt to witness, reflect and even assist.

-- Kavyasiddhi Mulvey
He offers a framework of directionality that is clear, concise and thought provoking. The directional arc encourages practitioners to reflect on where they meet the client, and Cooper plots various schools of therapy across it, mapping a clear concept of integration...In a seemingly ever-more divisive world, Cooper presents a worthy contribution to the field. -- Nathan Walker

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