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.
What a fabulous book!
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.
A practical, insightful guide which offers a fresh take on integration that successfully manages to transcend unhelpful ‘schoolism’.
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 …in the search to help clients achieve their goals.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
An excellent addition to the field of integrative psychotherapy. The book covers the essential aspects for students whose integrative model is emerging
I really liked this book as a way into the topic for students.
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.
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.
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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.