Integrating Counselling & Psychotherapy: Directionality, Synergy and Social Change

Written by Prof. Mick Cooper, this book has just arrived (March 2019). Sage Publications say:

“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.”

One reviewer says:

“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.”

You can find out more – including seeing a Table of Contents – from here.

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