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Palgrave Texts in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Understanding Visible Differences

Working Therapeutically With Individuals Who Look Different

Authors: Purcell, Vivienne

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  • Provides a guide to working with visible difference in therapeutic practice
  • Includes outlines of general treatment plans for readers to follow or adapt to their own practice
  • Features interviews of people who experience visible differences and have undergone therapeutic treatment to anchor content to real life
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About this Textbook

This book provides an evidence-based guide to working with visible difference in therapeutic practice. It explores how appearance problems intersect with other concerns causing mental health issues and provides clear guidance on treatment plans and related topics. 

Visible difference is a bigger cause of mental distress than is often realised. One in five people have an appearance that is considered ‘different’ to the normal population. The category of ‘visible difference’, previously described as ‘disfigurement’ or simply ‘disability’ captures a range of conditions with varying aetiology, severity, and extent. Differences in appearance can be the result of a birth anomaly, or be caused later in life through illness, physical trauma, or behaviour. Whatever the cause, visible difference can have a negative effect on how individuals are perceived and view themselves. 

This timely work arrives at a moment of rising professional interest, due to the growth of social media use and the focus this puts on appearance (“the amplification of appearance bias”), and also influenced by the implications new research. The author draws on these findings together with her own research and practice to examine best practice and key issues in addressing visible difference. Particular consideration is given to establishing a good working therapeutic relationship. Whether a trainee, a recently qualified therapist, or an experienced professional wanting to broaden their understanding, this is the ideal text for anyone wanting to better understand this growing area of therapeutic practice.


About the authors

Vivienne Purcell was born with a visible difference. She has been a Chartered Counselling Psychologist for more than 25 years. During that time, she worked as Head of the University of Reading Counselling Service, UK and as a Clinical Supervisor in both Oxfordshire NHS Adult Mental Health Service and Central and North West London NHS. She now lives in Hampshire with a private practice, and volunteers for HArt, a local arts and mental health organisation.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook 32,09 €
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Softcover 41,59 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Understanding Visible Differences
Book Subtitle
Working Therapeutically With Individuals Who Look Different
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Texts in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-51655-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-51655-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-51654-3
Series ISSN
2662-9127
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 179
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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