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Panel 8 on Counselling at the Vulnerabilities Conference. Abstract Title: Western Configurations of Vulnerability: Unmaking the refugee and asylum seeker:
As a clinical anthropologist who works with psychotherapy clients. I embed the auto-ethnographical approach into the clinical encounter, this method “allows the reader (and the writer) to experience something new - to feel, to learn, to discover, to co-create” (Ricci 2003, p. 594). I have worked with refugees and asylum seekers who may come to psychotherapy to get a document to authenticate their experiences and to support their application to stay in the UK. As a practitioner I have chosen the a phenomenological inquiry approach to explore the relational self and identity in order to access an understanding of another’s psychological health through social interaction, social reproduction, and self-awareness.
I choose to create relational ethnography which is a means to conserve an old identity whilst allowing for the creation of a new identity through a range of subjective, intersubjective, constructed ,and inherent configurations depending upon the context and the relative privilege each of these interactions allow for. At times in the process of therapy there is a readiness to abandon, exploit or destroy the individuals’ self-concept, efficacy, access to wellbeing, and associated cultural resources. This research will be published shortly in an edited volume exploring how the conceptualisation of ‘culture’ is (mis)used in contemporary psychotherapy.