Where “culture wars” and therapy meet: Exploring the intersection between political issues and therapeutic practice

Nicola Farrar, Terry Hanley

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Abstract

In the era of “culture wars,” instances where client and practitioner discuss political issues in therapy may become more frequent. This paper introduces the way in which “culture wars” manifest in today's societies and highlights the importance of therapeutic practitioners to engage with and explore their own views in relation to these polarising political debates. In doing so, this paper reflects upon the existing research focussing on the way in which “culture wars” enter the therapeutic encounter and highlights the feelings of anxiety and conflict that arise when practitioners are tasked with “talking politics” with clients. It considers the implications for practice and policy and concludes with recommendations for future scholarship, arguing for more culturally specific studies that examine how “culture wars” issues impact therapeutic work in a variety of international settings.

KEYWORDS
culture wars, politics, social justice, therapy
Original languageEnglish
JournalCounselling and Psychotherapy Research
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2023

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