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Intercultural counselling and psychotherapy with new immigrants and refugees 

Intercultural counselling and psychotherapy with new immigrants and refugees
Intercultural counselling and psychotherapy with new immigrants and refugees

Rachel Tribe

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date: 18 May 2021

This chapter will review what is meant by intercultural therapy and discuss the relevant terminology in relation to refugees and migrants. It will then briefly consider some of the major differences between an immigrant and a refugee and the implications that this may have for intercultural therapy. Shifts across narratives about migrants and refugees in the new country will be discussed and their possible implications for psychological well-being considered. The issue of power operating at multiple levels will be reviewed. Therapeutic services that concentrate only on an individuals’ refugee or migratory status may inadvertently minimize the experience of a service user and reduce an individual to a part of their life (as a migrant or refugee) rather than considering the whole lived experience of that person. This reductionist approach may also risk underestimating the strengths that an individual possesses. The use of therapeutic skills in innovative ways and in diverse contexts will be discussed and their potential in working with refuges and migrants in culturally and non-stigmatising ways discussed.

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