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The pluralistic approach is a collaborative, integrative approach, grounded in humanistic and person-centred values. Its fundamental premise is that each client is unique, and therefore may need different things from therapy. On this basis, the pluralistic approach creates a framework in which counsellors can integrate a wide variety of understandings and methods into their practice. Within this I favour a constructive perspective. A key aspect of pluralism and constructivism is shared decision making: talking to clients about what they want from therapy, and how they might most effectively be helped to get there.
It is important that I get to know you, find out how you prefer to work and not make any assumptions about you or the issues that you would like to address. This will ensure that the service you receive from me is tailored to meet your needs.
THE THERAPEUTIC PROCESS
Coming to see a counsellor / psychotherapist can be very different from going to see your GP or any health care professional. There is an expectation that you will take on the leading part of the work in the therapeutic relationship. It is my responsibility to create a safe space and develop a working environment where you can trust me, but you are ‘active’ in your own therapy; I will not advise or diagnosis you.
The therapeutic process can be challenging, working on yourself can be demanding and uncomfortable at times. However, through this process there will be enhanced insight, improved functioning abilities and capacity to deal with conflict and life’s difficulties.