John Mcleod

Professor II - Department of Psychology
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Visiting address Forskningsveien 3A Harald Schjelderups hus 0373 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1094 Blindern 0317 OSLO

Academic Interests

Pluralistic and narrative perspective in psychotherapy; methodological issues in psychotherapy research; social, cultural and organisational contexts of counselling, psychotherapy and mental health care; the use of counselling skills by non-psychologists; patient/user perceptions of mental health needs and therapy outcomes.


Higher education and employment history

  • Professor Emeritus of Counselling, University of Abertay Dundee

  • Professor of Counselling Studies, University of Keele, 1990-99

  • Training in person-centred psychotherapy and marital therapy

  • PhD Psychology, Edinburgh University, 1977

Tags: Clinical psychology and personality psychology



McLeod, J.  (2013) An Introduction to Counselling. 5th edn. Maidenhead, UK: Open University

McLeod, J. (2013) An Introduction to Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy. London: Sage

McLeod, J. (2011) Qualitative Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy. 2nd edn. London: Sage

McLeod, J. and McLeod, J. (2011) Counselling Skills. 2nd edn. Maidenhead, UK: Open University Press

Cooper, M. and McLeod, J. (2011) Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy. London: Sage

McLeod, J., Elliott, R. and Wheeler, S. (2010) A Training Manual in Research Skills and Awareness for Counsellors and Psychotherapists. Lutterworth, UK: British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

McLeod, J. (2010) Case Study Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy. London: Sage

Angus, L. and McLeod, J. (eds)(2004) The Handbook of Narrative and Psychotherapy: Practice, Theory and Research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage

McLeod, J. (1997) Narrative and Psychotherapy . London: Sage

Scientific articles and book chapters

McLeod, J. (2013) Qualitative research: methods and contributions. In M.J. Lambert (ed.)  Bergin and Garfield’s Handbook of Psychotherapy and Behavior Change, 5th edn (pp. 49-84), New York: Wiley

Thurston, M. & McLeod, J. (2012) Counselling for sight loss. Using Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design methods to explore outcome and common factors. Counselling Psychology Review, 27, 56-70

Watson, V., Cooper, M., McArthur, K. & McLeod, J. (2012) Helpful therapeutic processes: Client activities, therapist activities and helpful effects. European Journal of Psychotherapy, Counselling and Health, 14, 77-89

McLeod, J. (2012) What do clients want from therapy? A practice-friendly review of research into client preferences.  European Journal of Psychotherapy, Counselling and Health, 14, 19-32

McLeod, J. (2010) The effectiveness of workplace counselling: a systematic review’, Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 10, 238-48

McLeod, J. (2009) A framework for the practice of embedded counselling:  the significance of the story’. In S.Trygged and S. Larsson (eds) Counselling i Socialt Arbete. Stockholm: Gothia Forlag

McLeod, J. (2008) Outside the therapy room. In C. Backe (ed.) Veiledernettverket. University of Agder Press

Cooper, M. &McLeod, J.(2007) A pluralistic framework for counselling and psychotherapy: implications for research. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 7, 135-143

Daniel, T. & McLeod, J. (2006) Weighing up the evidence: a qualitative analysis of how person-centred counsellors evaluate the effectiveness of their practice. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 6, 244-249

Macmillan, M. & McLeod, J. (2006) Letting go: the client’s experience of relational depth. Person-centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, 5, 277-292

Berger, R. & McLeod, J. (2006) Incorporating nature into therapy: a framework for practice. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 25, 80-94

Moerman, M. & McLeod, J. (2006) Person-centred counselling for alcohol-related problems: the client’s experience of self in the therapeutic relationship. Person-centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, 5, 21-35

McLeod, J. (2006) Narrative thinking and the emergence of postpsychological therapies. Narrative Inquiry, 16, 211- 229

McLeod, J. (2005) Counseling and psychotherapy as cultural work. In L.T. Hoshmand (ed) Culture, psychotherapy and counseling: critical and integrative perspectives. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage

Angus, L. & McLeod, J. (2004) Self-multiplicity and narrative expression in psychotherapy. In  H.J.M. Hermans and G. Dimaggio (eds) The dialogical self in psychotherapy. London: Brunner-Routledge

McLeod, J. (2004) Social construction, narrative and psychotherapy. In The Handbook of Narrative and Psychotherapy: Practice, Theory and Research (ed. Lynne Angus and John McLeod). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage

McLeod, J. (2004) The significance of narrative and storytelling in postpsychological counseling and psychotherapy. In A. Lieblich, D. McAdams and R. Josselson (eds) Healing plots: the narrative basis of psychotherapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association

McLeod, J. (2003) Lists, Stories, and Dreams: Strategic Invitation to Relationship in Psychotherapy Narrative’.  In Patterson, W. (ed).  Strategic Narrative: New Perspectives on the Power of Personal and Cultural Stories.  New York: Lexington

McLeod, J. (2002) Research Policy and Practice in Person-centered and Experiential Therapy: restoring coherence.  Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies.  1, 87-101

Grafanaki, S. & McLeod, J. (2002) Experiential congruence: qualitative analysis of client and counsellor narrative accounts.  Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 2, 20-32

Kadam, U., Croft, P. & McLeod, J. (2001) A qualitative study of patients' views on anxiety and depression. British Journal of General Practice, 51, 375-380

Balamoutsou, S. & McLeod, J. (2001) A method for qualitative narrative analysis of psychotherapy transcripts. In J. Frommer and D. Rennie (eds) Qualitative psychotherapy research: methods and methodology. Lengerich: Pabst, (pp. 128-152)

McLeod, J. (2001) An administrative reality: some problems with the use of self-report questionnaire measures of adjustment in counselling/psychotherapy outcome research.Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 1, 215-226

McLeod, J. & Lynch, G. (2000)  'This is our life': strong evaluation in psychotherapy narrative. European Journal of Psychotherapy, Counselling and Health, 3, 389-406

McLeod, J. (2000) The contribution of qualitative research to psychotherapy outcome research” in S. Goss and N. Rowland (eds) Evidence-based care and the psychological therapies. London: Routledge

McLeod, J., Johnston & Griffin, J. (2000) A naturalistic study of the effectiveness of time-limited counselling with low-income clients. European Journal of Psychotherapy, Counselling and Health, 3, 263-78

Balamoutsou, S. & McLeod, J. (2000) Narrative process in the assimilation of a problematic experience: qualitative analysis of a single case. Zeitshcrift fur qualitative Bildungs - Beratungs - und Sozialforschung, 2, 283-302

Bartlam, B. & McLeod, J. (2000) Infertility counselling: the ISSUE experience of setting up a telephone counselling service. Patient Education and Counselling, 41, 313-321

McLeod, J. (1999) A narrative social constructionist approach to therapeutic empathy.  Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 12, 377-394

Grafanki, S. & McLeod, J. (1999) Narrative processes in the construction of helpful and hindering events in experiential psychotherapy. Psychotherapy Research, 9, 289-303

McLeod, J. (1999) Human experience on trial: power and exclusion in psychotherapy research. Universities Psychotherapy Association Review, 7, 15-25

Balamoutsou, S. & McLeod, J. (1996) Representing narrative processes in therapy: qualitative analysis of a single case. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 9, 61‑76

Grafanaki, S. & McLeod, J. (1995) Client and counsellor narrative accounts of congruence during the most helpful and hindering events of an initial counselling session. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 8, 311-324

Ryan, A. & McLeod, J. (1993) Therapeutic factors in a therapy group for older women. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 21, 64-71

McLeod, J. & McLeod, J. (1993) The relationship between personal philosophy and effectiveness in counsellors. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 6, 121-129

McLeod, J. (1992) The story of Henry Murray's diagnostic council : a case study in the demise of a scientific method. Clinical Psychology Forum, 44, 6-12

McLeod, J. (1984) Group process as drama. Small Group Behavior, 15, 319-332

Mearns, D. & McLeod, J. (1984) A person-centred approach to research. In R. Levant and J. Shlien (eds) Client-centred therapy and the person-centred approach : new directions. New York: Praeger

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  • Mcleod, John & Råbu, Marit (2017). Wisdom in professional knowledge: Developing a contextualized understanding of insights from senior psychotherapists.
  • Oddli, Hanne; Nissen-Lie, Helene A; Mcleod, John; Rønnestad, Michael Helge & Halvorsen, Margrethe S. (2017). Goal consensus between client and therapist. A mixed-method study..

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Published Feb. 18, 2013 9:00 AM