Category Archive: Abstracts, Volume 8, No. 2, December 2020 Special issue on anti-oppressive practice in psychotherapy and counselling

Resisting the “attachment disruption” of colonisation through decolonising therapeutic praxis: Finding our way back to the Homelands Within

Riel Dupuis-Rossi   Riel Dupuis-Rossi, MA, MSW, RSW, is a therapist of Kanienʼkehá꞉ka (Mohawk), Algonquin, and Italian descent. Riel grew up in their traditional territories, off reserve in Hamilton, Ontario, and Montreal, Quebec. Since 2011, Riel has been providing decolonising and culturally-centred trauma therapy to Indigenous individuals, couples, families, and groups in Vancouver, British Columbia, …

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“Gender dysphoria”: Therapist negotiations of oppressive practices

Julia Ellis   Julia Ellis (She/Her), MCP, BA(Hons), is a Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)-accredited counsellor and psychotherapist based on Dharug, Guringai, and Cammeraygal country (Sydney, Australia). She has worked across non-profit, education, and private mental health settings. Her areas of interest include gender theory, trauma-sensitive care, and violence prevention. As a cisgender …

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Reflections and (un)learnings on supporting transgender and gender diverse people and their families in a mental health family service new to this work

Henry von Doussa, Julie Beauchamp, Sally Goldner & Belinda Zipper   Henry von Doussa, MA (Creative Arts), BA (Hons), is a social researcher at the Bouverie Centre, La Trobe University. Over the last two decades, much of his research has been within the LGBTIQA+ communities. He is the author of several papers about trans and …

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Anti-oppression psychotherapy: An emancipatory integration of intersectionality into psychotherapy

Roberta K. Timothy & Mercedes Umana Garcia   Roberta K. Timothy, PhD, RP, is an Assistant Professor at Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She specialises in the areas of intersectionality and ethics in health work, Black health ,transnational Indigenous health, and anti-oppression/anti-colonial approaches to mental health. She has extensive …

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Challenging everyday monogamism: Making the paradigm shift from couple-centric bias to polycule-centred practice in counselling and psychotherapy

Y. Gavriel Ansara   Dr. Gávi Ansara (he/him), PhD Psychol, MCouns, is an anti-racist psychotherapist, researcher, clinical educator, policy advisor, and community activist living on the sovereign lands of the Boon Wurrung people in the Kulin Nations. He is a polycultural man of faith who grew up in urban and rural China, Australia, and elsewhere. …

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