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Green Leaves

Anti-Oppressive Practice in Counselling

Anti-oppressive practice relies on therapists recognising their own implicit biases and privilege in order to be safe professionals. Anti-oppressive practice includes taking responsibility for their own education and awareness, instead of expecting people who participate in psychotherapy to educate them.

It is an approach to clinical practice that is anchored in the therapeutic value of applying anti-oppressive principles such as cultural humility, challenging colonialism and inequities, reflective practice, recognising intersecting forms of oppression, and working toward change within communities and societies by decolonising and reshaping clinical practice (Ansara, 2019)

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