Three case reports illustrate the therapeutic and extra-therapeutic outcomes from the application of Gardner’s (2006) theory of multiple intelligences (MI) in bereavement counselling with adults. As a qualitative, phenomenological study, the experiences of a senior counsellor were gathered, through a semi-structured interview. The resulting transcript, in which the case reports were embedded, was analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Five major themes emerged and indicated that for the participant and her clients an MI approach supported meaning reconstruction, was a useful basis for selecting treatment options, challenged counsellor assumptions about client abilities, supported a focus on client strengths and enhanced the level of exploration in sessions. Relevant areas for future counselling research are discussed.