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Pluralistic Therapy
Responses to Frequently Asked Questions

  • Available for pre-order on May 19, 2023. Item will ship after June 9, 2023
ISBN 9781032305677
June 9, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
248 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

50 FAQs of Pluralistic Therapy Book provides answers to the most important and common questions asked about the origins, principles and practice of pluralism.

Written in an accessible style by experts in the field, the book provides the reader with a comprehensive understanding of the pluralistic approach in theory and in practice and builds on the contemporary developments in the field. The questions cover five areas including: an overview of pluralism; pluralism in practice; client factors; pluralistic developments outside of individual therapy and critical questions about pluralism. The questions will also cover some of the key challenges posed to the approach.

This book will appeal to a wide range of audiences including therapeutic practitioners, researchers, and professionals interested in the application of the approach within mental health contexts. It will also serve to help professionals from non-therapy backgrounds such as mental health services, education, and social care to understand the nature of pluralistic work.

Table of Contents

Section 1: An Overview of Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy

Chapter 1: What is this ‘thing’ called Pluralistic Therapy?

Chapter 2: What is the underlying philosophy behind pluralistic practice and why is it important?

Chapter 3: Did we really need another approach?

Chapter 4: There are lots of ways of integrating therapy – how is pluralism different?

Chapter 5: What are the fundamental principles that guide pluralistic therapy?

Chapter 6: Is pluralistic therapy an evidence-based practice then?

Chapter 7: I’m confused between a pluralistic perspective and pluralistic practice, can you help?

Chapter 8: How can someone trained in a single approach adopt a pluralistic stance?

Chapter 9: Can you explain the language of pluralism?

Chapter 10: What is the role of the therapist as a person in pluralism?

Chapter 11: Why do pluralistic therapists focus so much on collaborative relationship?

Chapter 12: What knowledge is appropriate to use in the therapy room?

Section 2: Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy in Practice

Chapter 13: So where does a trainee start, what skills and knowledge do they need?

Chapter 14: How do pluralistic therapists create a formulation or treatment plan for clients, and why do they need one?

Chapter 15: How do I create an effective timeline formulation with my client?

Chapter 16: Why do pluralistic therapists work with client goals?

How can we conceptualise goals?

Chapter 17. What is the difference between goals, tasks, and methods in practice?

Chapter 18: What are task-lists and how do they work in practice?

Chapter 19: What methods are used in Pluralistic therapy and why?

Chapter 20. How do pluralistic therapists monitor the process of therapy and whether the client goals are being met?

Chapter 21: I know I have a block to using feedback measures, want to help me?

Chapter 22. How do I work with client’s preferences if they don’t know what they are?

Chapter 23: Why, and how, do pluralistic therapists use extra-therapeutic- and cultural-resources?

Chapter 24: Can you tell me more creative and artistic activities in pluralistic therapy?

Chapter 25: What is the role of intuition and ‘felt-sense’ for practitioners in pluralistic therapy?

Chapter 26. How can I be pluralistic and offer short-term counselling?

Chapter 27: I’ve started pluralistically, how do I end pluralistically?

Chapter 28: Can you give some examples of pluralistic work?

Section 3: Working with Specific Client Factors in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy

Chapter 29: Can I really collaborate and manage risk of self-harm and suicide in pluralistic practice?

Chapter 30: Do client’s really want to know about the theoretical explanation for their problems?

Chapter 31: Can you really ensure power is distributed between two-experts?

Chapter 32: Is a pluralistic approach really suitable for people living with severe and enduring mental health problems?

Chapter 33: How can Pluralism be adapted to the use of YP?

Chapter 24: Does pluralism address questions of inclusivity and equality?

Chapter 35: How does pluralism align with other therapy approaches which aim to impact on societal issues?

Chapter 36: How does cross-cultural working enhance the pluralistic approach?

Section 4: Pluralistic Developments Outside of Individual Counselling and Psychotherapy

Chapter 37: Right, I think I have this, but how do you maintain and develop what you can offer a client?

Chapter 38: If I want to work pluralistically, do I need a pluralistic supervisor?

Chapter 39: Is pluralism a concept relevant to other disciplines in mental health/therapy?

Chapter 40: As an agency, how can we work pluralistically if some of our therapists are not pluralistic?

Chapter 41: How can pluralism influence approaches to research in psychotherapy?

Chapter 42: Where is Pluralism going?

Chapter 43: Pluralism is still so new, what support is out there if I want to work pluralistically?

Section 5: Critiques of Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy

Chapter 44: What happens if the clients’ needs don’t fit with the therapist approach in practice?

Chapter 45: If you can do anything in therapy, can pluralistic clients become overwhelmed with choice?

Chapter 46: You are asking a lot of clients; do they like it?

Chapter 47: Is a collaborative therapy approach suitable for everyone?

Chapter 48: How can outcomes be defined when client goals are so unique and personal?

Chapter 49: What happens if the client can’t see or understand the problem, what if it is a result of something outside their awareness?

Chapter 50: Is a pluralistic therapist a ‘Jack of all trades and master of none’?

Appendix I: Frankie’s Ways Paradigm

Appendix II: Which Measure and When?

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Frankie Brown, is a pluralistic counsellor and psychotherapist working in private practice and as a school counsellor delivering individual and group therapy, and teaching inputs for students, teachers and parents.

Kate Smith, PHD, is an academic and pluralistic therapist; having trained in 2007, she led the pluralistic practice steering group until 2021 and currently oversees training programme at Abertay University. Kate is the co-author of the Pluralistic Therapy Primer.


‘I love this book. A clear, concise, and wonderfully engaging introduction to the pluralistic approach to therapy. The book conveys a deep understanding of the philosophical roots of pluralism, along with clear guidance on how these principles can be applied in practice. Research findings are integrated throughout to develop a compelling, contemporary perspective. This is a goldmine of information on how to think and practice pluralistically—if you’ve got questions on the pluralistic approach to therapy, this is the place to come.’

Mick Cooper, Professor of Counselling Psychology, University of Roehampton; co-author of Pluralistic counselling and psychotherapy and co-editor of The handbook of pluralistic counselling and psychotherapy.

"This is an intelligent, well written and accessible book that beautifully captures the essence of pluralistic therapy. By addressing the kinds of questions that are often in the minds of students and practitioners who encounter this approach, it offers a valuable introduction to what we know about pluralistic therapy so far, illustrated by case examples from the practical experience of the authors. It is a ‘must read for’ all pluralistic trainees and practitioners who want to defend and explain their practice to colleagues, wish to develop a deeper understanding of what they do with clients and why, and are committed to working in ways that deliver an ethical and competent service to their clients."

Julia McLeod, Lecturer in Counselling, Abertay University

"I really appreciated the ability of these authors to capture and convey the growing edge of pluralistic practice, as an approach that has always been grounded in a willingness to be open to dialogue and new ideas. An invaluable addition to the growing theoretical, research and practice literature on pluralistic counselling and psychotherapy."

John McLeod, Visiting Professor of Counselling, Institute for Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, Dublin

"Interest in pluralistic therapy has grown steadily over the last couple of decades as practitioners have moved away from a ‘one size fits all’ approach to working with clients, instead building on true collaborative relationship informed through inclusivity and the context of social justice.  Frankie Brown and Kate Smith, in an engaging and accessible way, provide a perfect gateway into pluralism that values and respects the unique contribution of individual models while, at the same time, exploring how they can be woven into the therapeutic process informed by client preference.  From the curious, to those who have embraced pluralism into the heart and soul of their work, this book is compelling and essential in equal measure that will inform thinking for years to come."

Professor Andrew Reeves, Professor in Counselling Professions and Mental Health, a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Registered Social Worker

"The is a comprehensive, concise and considered exploration of key tenets of Pluralistic Therapy. It is an accessible read for the beginner as well as a primer and refresher for the more advanced student.It is an engaging text and an important source of philosophical and clinical information with valuable insights and explanation into this cutting edge approach.It will evoke and encourage critical thinking and questioning of important facets of theory and practice.In addition it will add to the ever-expanding body of knowledge and promote further debate and deliberations as the pluralistic approach to therapy widens its reach and applicability.As a higher education institute that teaches a masters in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy, we will definitely place this on the required reading list for our students."

Dr. Marcella Finnerty, President, IICP College, Dublin, Ireland.