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Counselling and Psychotherapy as Cultural Work
Counselling and psychotherapy as cultural work
JohnMcLeod

For many years in her childhood, Debbie had experienced physical, emotional, and sexual abuse from members of her immediate family. Her strategies for surviving this, then and later, were based on the development of a denial of the possibility of physical pleasure and avoidance of touch or bodily contact. She could not see how she could ever belong, how she could ever become a valued member of a group, how she could ever be physically intimate. In psychotherapy, she began to see that other ways of being with people were possible, but could not see how she could ever achieve these for herself. One week, in therapy, she announced that she had started to ...

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