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How Do You See Me? Coming Out in Counselling.

Evans, Margaret and Barker, M. (2010) How Do You See Me? Coming Out in Counselling. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 38 (4). pp. 375-391. ISSN Online: 1469-3534 Print: 0306-9885

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Recent large-scale survey research has raised serious concerns in both the counselling community and the mass media about the ways in which counsellors work with lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) clients. The current questionnaire-based research focused on client experiences of their own, and their counsellor's, self-disclosures of sexuality. Most clients did not require counsellor disclosure. However, failure of the counsellor to disclose could result in problems and assumptions being made by the client. We conclude that LGB awareness is improving, but there is still much need for training in this area to challenge limiting assumptions by some counsellors and to avoid the need for clients to educate them.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: bisexual, coming out, counselling, counsellor training, LGB
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2010 09:42
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 16:53

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