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#MeToo: Counsellors and Psychotherapists Speak About Sexual Violence and Abuse, co-edited by Deborah A. Lee and Emma Palmer

In 2017 the global #MeToo movement burst through the conspiracy of silence around women’s experience of sexual abuse and violence. Since then, other groups have found the courage to declare that they too have experienced sexual abuse and are unafraid and unashamed to let it be known. Now this ground-breaking book provides a space where counsellors and psychotherapists – more often the listeners to such stories – can tell their own stories, sometimes for the first time.

Each chapter is written by a counsellor, psychotherapist or therapy client, and followed up with a dialogue between writer and peer. Together they form a community of #TherapistsToo voices, brought together in the hope that readers both within and beyond the counselling and psychotherapy realm will feel less alone and more connected. This is a book for anyone wanting to understand the ubiquity of sexual violence and sexual abuse and how to respond, support, raise awareness, campaign and be part of creating a culture which says #TimesUp.

PCCS Books published this collection on 14th May 2020, ISBN: ISBN 978 1 910919 53 8.

You can read more about my reflections about the 'birth' of this book in this Medium article. Or have a look at the book's table of contents, below:

Table of contents:

1: Retribution. Seb Randall, with Celia Urbach

2: ‘Survivors are everywhere’: our #MeToo, #WeToo journey. Kaur with Deborah A Lee

3: Lighthouses, rocky shores and safe harbours. Concetta Perôt with Clarinda Cuppage 

4: How we talk to girls about ‘sex’. Taylor Thornton with Sarah J Wilson

5: Sexual abuse and surviving with(in) psychology. Jemma Tosh with Fionnuala Dempsey

6: Therapists’ lived experience in counselling and psychotherapy training. Liz Smith and Sara Teresa Mollis

7: Survivors of sexual violence training as psychotherapists in the UKDeborah A Lee with Peggy, Sam and Phoenix

8: #MeToo on the internet. Tara Shennan with Haley Clifford

9: Reconnection through dance movement psychotherapy. Amanda Light with Tina Johnson

10: Shattering the sounds of silence. Reena Shah with Clarinda Cuppage

11: While I was sleeping. Andrew Pari with Katy Woodger

12: ‘#WeToo’: groupwork as an act of solidarity and resistance. Leah Salter with Emily Jacob

13: Pushing, pulling and parts coming together. Joy Farrimond with Emma Palmer

14: Dirty secrets, ecocide and the specialness of the world all around. Emma Palmer with Charleen Agostini

Concluding poem - #MeToo, by Clare Shaw

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