For too long Counselling and Psychotherapy have been regarded as
a resource for the mainly white, educated, middle class section of the population.
This has had the effect of others seeing it as expensive, elitist and not appropriate for them.
The Equality Act of 2010, was created to prevent discrimination in nine areas (age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage & civil partnership, pregnancy & maternity, race, religion & belief, sex, sexual orientation).
Unfortunately passing a law does not eliminate prejudice and discrimination.
I have worked with diverse populations through organisations like MIND, GP Surgeries and client groups including the homeless, carers, Haringey residents, refugees and asylum seekers.
I welcome diversity as part of my work.
I will be curious about your own individual experience, and will listen to your unique story putting to one side my own cultural assumptions.
The Counselling and Psychotherapy space will be yours to feel safe and free to talk about whatever you wish to talk about. It is confidential, and available for you to share what you feel comfortable with.
On the other hand if Diversity is not an issue for you then I will not make it an issue.
The Equality Act of 2010
At the moment, there are several different laws to protect people from discrimination on grounds of: • race • sex • sexual orientation (whether being lesbian, gay, bisexual or heterosexual) • disability (or because of something connected with their disability) • religion or belief • being a transsexual person (transsexuality is where someone has changed, is changing or has proposed changing their sex – called ‘gender reassignment’ in law) • having just had a baby or being pregnant • being married or in a civil partnership (this applies only at work or if someone is being trained for work), and • age (this applies only at work or if someone is being trained for work). The Equality Act 2010 simplifies the current laws and puts them all together in one piece of legislation. Also, it makes the law stronger in some areas. So depending on your circumstances, the new Act may protect you more. Most of the Equality Act will start to apply in October 2010 and this guide covers the main changes coming into effect then. The Act also contains other changes. For example, if you’re over 18, the Act contains a new law to protect you from discrimination because of your age when you shop or use facilities like swimming pools or libraries. The Government is looking at how the rest of the Act can be implemented in the best way for business. It will make an announcement about this at a later stage.