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Intersections of Privilege and Otherness in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Intersections of Privilege and Otherness in Counselling and Psychotherapy presents an in-depth understanding of the role of privilege, and of the unconscious experience of privilege and difference within the world of counselling and psychotherapy.

The book addresses the absence of the exploration of the unconscious experience of privilege within counselling and psychotherapy. It not only presents an exploration of intersectional difference, but also discusses the deeper unconscious understanding of difference, and how privilege plays a role in the construction of otherness. It does so by utilising material from both within the world of psychotherapy, and from the fields of post-colonial theory, feminist discourse, and other theoretical areas of relevance. The book also offers an exploration and understanding of intersectionality and how this impacts upon our conscious and unconscious exploration of privilege and otherness.

With theoretically underpinned and inherently practical psychotherapeutic case studies, this book will serve as a guidebook for counsellors and psychotherapists.

The book is published by Routledge.

The Psychology of Supremacy

Within the intersectional approach, issues of white supremacy, capitalism and patriarchy are interwoven systems which therefore lead to the oppression of the other, be they minorities, the working class, women, the LQBT community, the disabled or the aged.

As we all live within these interlocking intersectional systems, this therefore suggests that within humanity there is an innate desire to lead and more so to dominate. But what are the psychological impacts of such systems, and how to they impact upon the other both individually and on a collective level?

This book, which follows on from my previous text, Intersections of Privilege and Otherness in Counsellor and Psychotherapy, presents philosophical ideas as to just how and why supremacy exists, both overtly and in its more subtle versions, some of the psychology behind supremacy and also how it impacts upon our clients and our training courses within counselling and psychotherapy.

This book will also offer means and ways of observing and challenging systems of supremacy as they may appear in our counselling and psychotherapy relationships.