By Pittu Laungani

Asian views in Counselling and Psychotherapy considers what precisely cross-cultural counselling and psychotherapy suggest. themes coated contain: * an in depth research of the idea that of tradition, and the connection among tradition and remedy* a comparative examine of Western cultures and jap cultures* the ancient improvement of counselling and psychotherapy in Western nations* the controversies with regards to the matter of 'matching' consumers with therapists. Illustrated by means of stimulating case experiences, the theoretical wisdom and sensible suggestion awarded in Asian views in Counselling and Psychotherapy should be priceless examining to all practicing and coaching counsellors and psychotherapists.

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While the sea parted for Moses and his followers and they were able to cross over to the land of safety, I drowned and died a hundred deaths in the first waves of misunderstandings which engulfed me. Despite our historical associations, I found that we were divided more by our differences than united by our similarities. Although Rudyard Kipling’s observation that ‘The East is East and the West is West – and never the twain shall meet’ was made almost a century ago, who would have imagined that his words were as appropriate then as they are today!

Gradually, as the years went by, the first-generation Asians began to acquire their own properties and arranged for their family members to join them. Since religion plays an extremely important role in the preservation and the perpetuation of the cultural identities of Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs, it was not long before one began to see Hindu temples, mosques, and Sikh gurudwaras (temples) in the areas in which they lived. Who would have believed that one day one would see magnificent mosques with their shiny, gilded domes in Kensington and Regent’s Park!

He plied me with lots of questions, which were concerned almost entirely with life in London, which is where he said he had been born. Initially, the two daughters were rather shy when I tried to engage them in conversation, but gradually they too started to ply me with questions related to ‘life in England’. Both of them spoke English with an Indian accent. It surprised me to learn that neither of the two sisters spoke any of the Indian languages. In India, one assumes that a child ‘picks up’ the local languages almost without trying; they form an integral part of the cultural atmosphere.

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