By Pittu Laungani

Asian views in Counselling and Psychotherapy considers what precisely cross-cultural counselling and psychotherapy suggest. subject matters coated comprise: * a close research of the concept that of tradition, and the connection among tradition and remedy* a comparative learn of Western cultures and jap cultures* the ancient improvement of counselling and psychotherapy in Western international locations* the controversies regarding the matter of 'matching' consumers with therapists. Illustrated through stimulating case reports, the theoretical wisdom and functional recommendation offered in Asian views in Counselling and Psychotherapy may be necessary examining to all working towards and coaching counsellors and psychotherapists.

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Little did Churchill realize that his utterances would turn out to be so prophetic! Britain did lose India, and soon afterwards most of its Empire. India gained her independence on 15 August 1947. Upon independence, India was split into two countries: India and Pakistan. Pakistan was created or carved out of India and was itself divided into West Pakistan and East Pakistan, each part separated from the other by Asians in Britain 29 over a thousand miles of Indian territory. This was because the division of India was made largely on religious grounds.

It is obvious therefore that one would expect to observe differences (and similarities) in values and behaviours between, say, the indigenous (native-born white) English and Indians in India, and persons originating from the Indian sub-continent living in Britain. Objective knowledge of such similarities and differences, and how and why they arise would be of immense value to teachers, educators, doctors, health workers, psychotherapists and counsellors – to name but a few. The differences between eastern cultures and western (largely English) cultures are discussed in Chapter 3.

Unbeknown to her parents she is in love with a young English guitarist, who is desperately trying to get into a ‘big time’ pop group. She has no desire whatever to go and live in India. Imagine the usual predictable scenario. Parents find out and threaten to send her to India to ‘cool her heels’. With the help of one of her English friends, the girl leaves home and stays with her friend. Not a glimmer of reconciliation on the horizon. Parents distraught, the girl torn by guilt, anger and conflict.

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