Social Identities & Rashomon Effects in Counselling & Psychotherapy with Diverse Clients
Intersectionality refers to the capacity of individuals to hold multiple significant social identities. There is now widespread acknowledgement that recognizing intersectionality is crucial for delivering effective multicultural counselling and psychotherapy. Specifically, there are seven categories of social identity with major significance for current counselling and psychotherapy: race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, disability, age, and religion. Yet, little is known about how these different aspects of social identity actually become salient and exert influence within psychotherapeutic processes. The current project draws on social identity theory to propose a novel model, which describes how distinct aspects of social identity appear—and sometimes contradict each other—within individual therapy. The project relies upon case studies to explore and elaborate this novel model.