The Tribes of Person-Centred Therapy: Celebration of Diversity & Difference Workshop with Mick Cooper

Person-Centred therapy is a wonderfully rich set of therapeutic approaches. This workshop will introduce participants...

Last updated 10 June 2024

Person-Centred therapy is a wonderfully rich set of therapeutic approaches. This workshop will introduce participants to this diverse and colourful field, from its roots in the non-directive counselling of Carl Rogers to its many different contemporary forms.

Our journey through the tribes of person-centred therapy will include the classical non-directive approach, focusing, emotion-focused therapy, creative person-centred practices, pre-therapy, person-centred experiential counselling for depression, motivational interviewing, relational approaches, and integrative/pluralistic perspective. For each of these tribes, we will explore their development and core assumptions; and participants will have an opportunity to get a lived ‘feel’ of these approaches through videos of practice and/or experiential exercises.

This workshop is particularly orientated to students or practitioners of the person-centred approach who have—or are developing—a good understanding of the core assumptions and practice, but would like to know more of the diversity that the approach offers. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to recognise the main perspectives on person-centred therapy, and be able to articulate differences and similarities between the tribes.


Mick Cooper

Mick Cooper is an internationally recognised author, trainer, and consultant in the field of humanistic, existential, and pluralistic therapies. He is a Chartered Psychologist, and Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton.

Mick has facilitated workshops and lectures around the world, including New Zealand, Lithuania, and Florida.

Mick’s books include Existential Therapies (Sage, 2017), Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Sage, 2018), and The Handbook of Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling (Palgrave, 2013).

His latest work is Integrating Counselling and Psychotherapy: Directionality, Synergy, and Social Change (Sage, 2019).

Mick’s principal areas of research have been in shared decision-making/personalising therapy, and counselling for young people in schools.

In 2014, Mick received the Carmi Harari Mid-Career Award from Division 32 of the American Psychological Association. He is a Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Academy of Social Sciences.