How do you see me? Coming out in counselling

Evans, Margaret and Barker, Meg (2010). How do you see me? Coming out in counselling. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 38(4) pp. 375–391.



Recent large-scale survey research has raised serious concerns in both the counselling community and the mass media about the ways in which counsellors work with lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) clients (Bartlett et al., 2009; Meads et al., 2009; Metro, 2009). The current questionnaire-based research focused on client experiences of their own, and counsellor–s, self-disclosures of sexuality. Most clients did not require counsellor disclosure, however failure of the counsellor to disclose could result in problems and assumptions being made by the client. We conclude that LGB awareness is improving, but there is still much need for training in this area to challenge limiting assumptions by some counsellors and to avoid the need for clients to educate them.

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