The Equality Complex: Lesbians in Therapy - A Guide to Anti-Oppressive Practice

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This original and timely book breaks through the conceptual barriers between lesbians and therapy, and directs the focus of attention to real experiences of one-to-one practice. The first guide to therapy to be written from the perspectives of lesbian clients, it is also the first to demonstrate the fundamental equalities elements of the National and Scottish Vocational Qualifications standards (NVQs/SVQs) in counselling. Anti-oppressive principles are applied throughout. The conventional practitioner-teacher ...
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Overview

This original and timely book breaks through the conceptual barriers between lesbians and therapy, and directs the focus of attention to real experiences of one-to-one practice. The first guide to therapy to be written from the perspectives of lesbian clients, it is also the first to demonstrate the fundamental equalities elements of the National and Scottish Vocational Qualifications standards (NVQs/SVQs) in counselling. Anti-oppressive principles are applied throughout. The conventional practitioner-teacher training text format is purposefully inverted, and creates the more empowering atmosphere of an experiential workshop or a self-directed training course. Astute observations by contributors of disempowering and heterosexist therapy methods or attitudes, and equally of good practice, are followed by an introduction to the anti-oppressive approach and a series of counselling examples, including supervision. This casework develops spontaneously from themes volunteered by the contributors, with each session including sub-textual comments by both client and practitioner. Theoretical discussion is kept to a minimum. This accessible book is an ideal guide for all women who perceive therapy as a resource for exploring the nature of sexual identity during periods of personal and social transitions.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780304329595
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Series: Women on Women Series
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.97 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Note about Confidentiality
Introduction 1
1 Therapy from a Lesbian Perspective 23
2 The Equality Complex 44
3 Heterosexism and Counter-Transference 65
4 Whose Therapy Is It, Anyway? 84
5 Anti-Oppressive Principles in Practice 109
6 Bringing Home Oppression (Casework Example: Lil) 121
Casework Examples: 1 Medical manners and polar positions (Mara) 140
Casework Examples: 2 Sexuality through the ages (Bella) 151
Casework Examples: 3 Identifying lesbian issues (Katie) 163
Casework Examples: 4 Equal opportunities ... or multiple tokenism? (Donna) 174
Casework Examples: 5 Personal meaning in alien languages (Devorah) 184
Casework Examples: 6 What if I haven't got chakras? (Natalie in supervision) 197
Summary and Analysis of Casework 208
Appendix 215
Bibliography 222
Resources 229
Index 238
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