Do we always know when we are being oppressed?
Oppression often manifests at unconscious levels, so we don’t recognise the power someone is exerting over us. Often when an individual arrives to psychotherapy, they are aware of the alienation they feel, but not necessarily the oppression they have faced. In this episode we speak to UKCP psychotherapist Eugene Ellis to understand the long-term implications of oppression.
‘Now more than ever I think people are really feeling challenged by the oppression that is happening around them and challenged to see it in a slightly different way, challenged to think about, challenged to speak about it, and if you oppressed yourself to find some way through.’
In Psychologies Magazine, UKCP psychotherapist Eugene Ellis unpacks how oppression is addressed in a psychotherapeutic relationship.
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