What is the C-NIP?
The Cooper-Norcross Inventory of Preferences (C-NIP) enables clients to express their preferences for psychotherapy. For instance, would they like a therapist who focuses mainly on their thoughts, or who focuses mainly on their feelings?
The C-NIP summarizes any strong preferences that clients might have on four dimensions:
Therapist directiveness vs Client directiveness
Emotional intensity vs Emotional reserve
Past orientation vs Present orientation
Warm Support vs Focused challenge
In addition, clients are asked open-ended questions about other therapy preferences they may have: for instance, the number of therapy sessions they would prefer. Typically, clients will be asked by their therapist to complete the questions in an initial assessment session. However, individuals may also be interested to complete the questionnaire before starting therapy.
Prior to completing this questionnaire, please ensure that you have someone whom you can talk to, should the items cause any distress. In the unlikely event that you are distressed after completing the questionnaire, you can contact the Samaritans or other mental health helplines
Please be aware that the responses to this questionnaire are intended as a starting point for discussing therapeutic approaches; and that individual psychotherapists and counsellors will vary in how able, and willing, they are to respond to clients' preferences.
Further scientific information about the C-NIP can be found here. The inventory has been developed within a pluralistic or integrative approach, which emphasises the centrality of collaboration and shared decision making between clients and therapists.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of the C-NIP, this online tool, or the research, please contact Mick Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org