(Forschungsberichte zur Transkulturellen Medizin und Psychotherapie, Bd.2)
What happens if two different cultures meet in a therapeutic setting?
To elucidate at least one part of this complex interaction and relation five English and five German counsellors/ psychotherapists were asked about their experience with culturally different clients.
The author gives a lively account of the counsellors` reported feelings, thoughts and behaviours which reflect the felt tension between fascination, anxieties and rejection. Based on an extended literature review the various personal experiences are discussed against the background of relevant theory.
The report allows the reader to gain an interesting insight into the challenge of cross-cultural counselling.
Dr. Friederike Koch-Stierle has worked as a medical doctor in several German hospitals and counselling services. Currently she works as a psychotherapist at Heidelberg. For more than three years she lived in Mali/Westafrika. Her interest in multicultural issues arose from this sojourn where she experienced what it means to be culturally different.
This research was undertaken as part of the one year MA course "Counselling Studies" at Keele University/England (1993/94)