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Personal profile


Mick is an internationally recognised authority in the field of counselling and psychotherapy and a chartered psychologist. Mick is author of a range of texts on humanistic, existential and relational approaches to therapy, and co-developed the pluralistic approach with Professor John McLeod. Mick is Director of the Centre for Social and psychological Transformation (CREST) at the University of Roehampton.



Research interests

Counselling with children and young people, humanistic therapy, existential therapy, the therapy relationship, personalisation and shared decision making, goals in therapy, relational depth, dialogue

Research projects

(2010 onwards)

2016 Economic and Social Research Council (ESCR), Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness Trial of Humanistic cOunselling in Schools: Individual RCT (ETHOS).

2014 Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), Evaluation of ProReal avatar-based software for young people.

2014 Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), Evaluation of ProReal avatar-based software in prisons.

2012 British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Clinical Lead, Counselling MindEd,.

2012 Department of Health, Counselling MindEd e-learning programme.

2012 Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS, School counselling for children with social, emotional and behavioural needs (COSEE-II).

2012 Relate, Evaluation of Relate's online counselling service for young people (RELY).

2012 British Psychological Society, Division of Counselling Psychology, Pluralistic therapy for depression pilot study.

2012 Chief Scientist Office, Scotland. Counselling versus low intensity CBT for low mood (CLiCD).

2012 British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Co-lead, Development of competences for counselling children and young people.

2011 Society for Existential Analysis, Meta-analysis of effectiveness of existential therapies.

2011 British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Briefing paper on developing an RCT of Counselling for Depression.

2010 National Assembly for Wales, Lead investigator, Evaluation of school-based counselling in Wales.

Professional affiliations

Higher Education Academic (Principal Fellow)

Academy of Social Sciences (Academician)

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Fellow)

British Psychological Society (Associate Fellow)

Division of Counselling Psychology, BPS (full member)

Society for Humanistic Psychology (Div. 32, APA)

United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy


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Research Output 1996 2019

Development and Validation of the Relational Depth Frequency Scale (RDFS)

Di Malta, G., Evans, C. & Cooper, M., 1 Mar 2019, In : Psychotherapy Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

From intention to action: A mixed methods study of clients’ experiences of goal-oriented practices

Di Malta, G., Oddli, H. & Cooper, M., 8 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Psychotherapy Preferences of Laypersons and Mental Health Professionals: Whose Therapy is It?

Cooper, M., Norcross, J. C., Raymond-Barker, B. & Hogan, T., 16 May 2019, In : Psychotherapy.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Activities 2019 2019

  • 5 Invited talk
  • 1 Editorial activity
  • 1 Hosting an academic visitor

Relational depth: Moments of movement in therapy

Mick Cooper (Speaker)
12 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

School-based counselling in the UK: A review of the evidence

Mick Cooper (Speaker)
16 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Directionality: A purpose-centred basis for integrative therapeutic practice

Mick Cooper (Speaker)
14 Jul 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Journal of Clinical Psychology (Journal)

Mick Cooper (Guest editor)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activityTest


Analysing multivoicedness: an examination of the dynamic interactional patterns between the voices of the self in clients who experience depression

Author: Kay, E., 9 Apr 2019

Supervisor: Cooper, M. (Supervisor) & Gillespie, A. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: PsychD


Fighting for survival: patients’ experiences of inpatient treatment for anorexia nervosa

Author: Birkbeck, R., 10 Aug 2018

Supervisor: Moon, L. (Supervisor) & Cooper, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: PsychD


Helpful and unhelpful aspects of counselling for young people following school-related bullying: a qualitative interview study

Author: Verasammy, K., 12 Sep 2017

Supervisor: Cooper, M. (Supervisor) & Vos, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: PsychD