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Paper of a Multicultural Psychotherapist (Comas-Diaz, 2005)

Saturday, December 8th, 2007 @ 10:42 pm
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I read the paper: Comas-Diaz, L. (2005) Becoming a Multicultural Psychotherapist: the Confluence of Culture, Ethnicity and Gender. JCLP/In Session, Vol. 61 (8), 973-981

This is an exmaple of a paper written in a very personalised style which fits with heuristic research. The author narrates her own story around her cultural influences in her becoming a therapist. she mentions the terms ‘cultural translocation’  and ‘cultural osmosis’ which are very relevant and descriptive for my research.Also there is the term of ethnocultural psychotherapy defined as an approach that is acknowledging the centrality of culture and ethnicity in behaviour.  There are a few useful quotes i wish to record:

“the mediation of the familiar with the strange chiseled my identity as a healer”

“I realised the pervasive influence of culture on behaviour while dreaming in Spanglish” (how similar that is to my own dreams in my second language or mixture of languages…this brings up my question: what is the language of the unconscious?)

“My development as a psychotherapist was immersed in history” ( my greek heritage and its effect!)

“People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them” (Baldwin, 1955)

“I have journeyed with masters, teachers and peers who value global connectedness. My clients, fellow travelers from diverse areas of the world, taught me that we all are part of the same circle. In psychotherapy, as in life, the philosopher’s stone is to recognise yourself in the other” 

 “Accepting my ancestors’ traditions helped me to view psychotherapy both as a profession and as a calling. Thus, i embraced multiple ways of knowing, including scientific as well as intuitive approaches. History and politics taught me psychotherapy’s power to address oppression. Consequently, i envision the psychotherapist’s role both inside as well as outside the consulting room…to spell healing and liberation”

good list of references at the end of the article!

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