Mick Cooper is a Professor of Counselling at the University of Strathclyde and Clinical Lead for the Counselling MindEd programme. Mick is a HPC-registered counselling psychologist, working mainly with young adults. He has led on a range of research studies into school-based counselling in the UK; and has written extensively on research findings and their implications for therapeutic practice: authoring Essential Research Findings in Counselling and Psychotherapy: The Facts are Friendly (Sage, 2008). Mick is also author and editor of a wide range of texts on person-centred, existential, and relational approaches to therapy, including Existential Therapies (Sage, 2003), Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Sage, 2005, with Dave Mearns) and Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy (Sage, 2011, with John McLeod).
In recent years, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) has become the most widely delivered therapy for depression within the NHS. CBT interventions are recommended by NICE for people with mild, moderate and severe depression. By contrast, recent NICE guidelines recommend counselling only for people with persistent subthreshold depressive symptoms or mild to moderate depression who decline another [read the full story…]