Problems Regarding Race, Gender, Class And Culture Of A Fictitious Character

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ultural issues in a counselling case study. There are several factors deriving from sociocultural issues that shape the individual’s personal experience, which in therapy they are important to be recognised when addressing a person’s fear and sadness (Barker, 2010). Counselling supports the individual to promote change, resolve and overcome problems arising from the social context in which the client is embedded (McLeod 2003). In this paper I will focus mainly on sociocultural problems concerning race, gender, class and culture of a fictitious character. The case study represents Patrick who is married with a new born baby. He is suffering anxiety and depression deriving from an unstable marital relationship. The techniques used in therapy were systemic approaches and person-centred counselling. Patrick is a 35 year-old, mixed race, cabin crew who was born in Angola, moved to the west with his parents when he was a teen, but has been living in London with his wife for these past two years. Last born and the youngest male of other two older female siblings, from a working class family background in Luanda. He explained that his childhood was not a cheerful one, as his Angolan father was dominant, verbally and physically abusive but never so with his other two siblings. Due to this the relationship was not close to his dad, but had a strong attachment with his Portuguese mum. Dad always pushed Patrick to work harder and expected him to be the best at all times.

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