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Anti-Discriminatory Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy

Second Edition
Edited by:

October 2010 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Anti-Discriminatory Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy is a ground-breaking text which identifies the ease with which individuals can be disadvantaged merely on the basis of their gender, race, culture, age, sexuality or ability. Examining these and other areas of discrimination, leading experts highlight how vital it is for counsellors, psychotherapists and others in the helping professions, to be aware of and engage with their own social, political and cultural attitudes, and how they must develop their skills as culturally sensitive, reflective practitioners if counselling is to be truly accessible to all members of society.

is a ground-breaking text which identifies the ease with which individuals can be disadvantaged merely on the basis of their gender, race, culture, age, sexuality or ability. Examining these and other areas of discrimination, leading experts highlight how vital it is for counsellors, psychotherapists and others in the helping professions, to be aware of and engage with their own social, political and cultural attitudes, and how they must develop their skills as culturally sensitive, reflective practitioners if counselling is to be truly accessible to all members of society.

This substantially revised and updated Second Edition also includes chapters on working within an anti-discriminatory approach with:

  • refugees
  • people with mental health difficulties
  • people with disfigurement or visible differences

Each thought-provoking chapter:

  • links theory to practice by providing case studies and extracts from therapeutic dialogues
  • assesses the most recent research findings
  • provides exercises for enhancing awareness and skills within each different domain or care setting
  • presents references for further recommended reading

Clearly written and accessible, Anti-Discriminatory Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy is an indispensable addition to the toolkit of everyone either training to be or practicing in the counselling and psychotherapeutic professions.


Mick Cooper
Foreword to the Second Edition
Natalie Rogers
Foreword to the First Edition
Colin Lago and Barbara Smith
Ethical Practice and Best Practice
Colin Lago and Barbara Smith
Anti-Discriminatory Practice Revisited
Saira Bains
Racism as a Trauma
Camila Batmanghelidjh
Child-Centred Practice
Aaron Balick
Sexualities, Sexual Identities and Gender
Gillian Proctor
Working with Women
Suzy Henry
Disfigurement and Visible Difference
Brendan Stone
Therapy with Seriously Distressed Clients
William West
Counselling, Psychotherapy and Religion
Stephane Duckett
Counselling Older People
Jude Boyles
Working with Refugees
Anne Kearney
Class and Counselling
Zenobia Nadirshaw
Therapy, Disability and Ethnicity
Roy Moodley and Lee Murphy
Multiple Identities and Anti-Discriminatory Counselling Practice
Gail Simon
Critical Thinking

This second edition of Anti-discriminatory counselling practice demands a place on every counsellor's bookshelf. Through examining discrimination in such areas as sexuality, gender, race and class, and exploring how counsellors can face these challenges in constructive and effective ways, it makes a major contribution to the advancement of counselling practice.

Mick Cooper, Professor of Counselling, University of Strathclyde

This pioneering book is a bold and much needed undertaking. It is timely, highly organized, extremely informative and practical, with many useful suggestions. The authors have done the counselling and psychotherapy profession a great favour by gathering diverse authors to educate and stimulate those of us who are therapists.

Natalie Rogers, founder of the Person-Centered Expressive Therapy Institute


This book challenges the reader to examine their own beliefs and cultural stereotypes. It is daring and still timely and for anyone passionate about social justice this is a must read,

Miss Delrose Bowes
Counselling and Psychology, City Lit
July 9, 2019

An invaluable book that addresses various facets of discrimination in Counselling and Psychotherapy. It acknowledges and examines discrimination in clinical practice and guides trainees and practitioners in addressing them.

Mrs Ana Paula Wellbrook
Counselling and Psychology, City Lit
July 4, 2019

Highly recommended reading

Mrs Sarah Jones
education and training, Gloucester College of Arts & Tech
November 19, 2014

Essential reading for students training in counselling and psychotherapy. Well written and accessible.

Dr Christine Stevens
Extension Studies, St Johns College
March 24, 2013

Clearly written and accessible book informing counsellors, & other helping professionals, on all aspects of anti-discriminatory practice. Case studies and exercises add dimension & illustration. This is an in-depth look at discrimination in many areas of contemporary society, which may be suited to students of diploma level, & above. There is much of interest for everyone, though, and the exercises would certainly be relevant for skills level students.

Ms Helene Baker
counse, City Lit
May 1, 2012

Very helpful to have an up to date edition. Valuable material for teaching our Difference and Diversity course.

Mr Gerald Willmore
Health and Social Care, Bromley College of FE & HE
November 14, 2011

Good for our Module on Respect in the IAPT course for Psychological Well being Practitioners

Dr Nimmi Hutnik
Division of Health and Social Care, Surrey University
November 2, 2011

Useful volume covering the legal and ethical issues around the diversity of client practice.

Mr James Pope
HE Counselling, KGV College/Edge Hill University
September 9, 2011

A thorough examination of the issue of discrimination in areas such as gender, sexuality, race and class.

Mr Peter Beven
Sch of Health,Community & Educ Studies, Northumbria University
July 13, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Ethical Practice and Best Practice


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