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Integrating Counselling & Psychotherapy

Integrating Counselling & Psychotherapy
Directionality, Synergy and Social Change

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February 2019 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

How can therapists integrate theories and practices from across the psychological therapies?  

This book presents a framework for understanding distress and change that can unite different orientations, along with sociopolitical perspectives.

Its starting point is that therapy aims to help clients move towards the things they most deeply want.  It shows how the actualisation of these ‘directions’ leads to greater well-being, and how this can be brought about through the development of internal and external synergies. 

Using in-depth cases, the book provides detailed guidance on how this framework can be applied. After reading this book, you’ll feel better equipped to understand, and work with, your clients’ directions—tailoring the therapy to their unique wants.

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


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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

An excellent addition to the field of integrative psychotherapy. The book covers the essential aspects for students whose integrative model is emerging

Dr mary Glover
Department of Psychology and Counselling, Newman University
November 2, 2020

I really liked this book as a way into the topic for students.

Dr David Large
Geography & Environmental Management, Northumbria University
March 16, 2020

This book is a powerhouse of insight and information. Cooper has an insightful and direct approach with the subject matter making it both engaging and highly relevant to the world of psychotherapy today. I shall be wholeheartedly recommending this key texts to students over the coming years ahead.

Mr Dominic Games
Health & Social Care Team, Amersham And Wycombe College
August 13, 2019

Mick Cooper writes with simple eloquence and the authority of a leader in the field, offering up to date guidance and inspiration for a pluralistic approach to counselling and related fields. Highly recommended for advanced level students and practioners.

Mr Julian Bowers-Brown
Education, Barnsley College
June 17, 2019

Students valued the content so we have added to the reading list.

Ms Su Illingworth
Professional Development Team, Craven College
November 29, 2019

Mick Cooper provides a fabulous insight into contemporary issues within the field, allowing learners to gain a feel for the many essential and debateable concepts that are brought into focus in this area of practice. A highly thought provoking piece of literature that is invaulabe for evalauting controverses in the sector.

Mr Graham Carter
UCBC, Blackburn College
April 25, 2019

Mick Cooper

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... More About Author