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Rogers to reincarnation: counselling people of the Hindu faith

Rogers to reincarnation: counselling people of the Hindu faith

Narmatha Thillainathan When working with non-mainstream populations, effective service provision is often contingent on the practitioners’ level of cultural competence. Lack of cultural competence can have serious ramifications, in particular when practitioners work with unfamiliar religious traditions, such as Hinduism. This article provides a brief overview of Hinduism and the implications for work with Hindu clients. Who is a Hindu?…

Counselling Tamil Sri Lankans

Counselling Tamil Sri Lankans

Narmatha Thillainathan The term “boat people” has become ubiquitous in our everyday language and remains a contentious political issue that has divided the Australian community. The Department of Immigration advises that of the approximately 185,000 migrants accepted in Australia in 2008/2009, 13,000 were accepted on humanitarian grounds. In that year, 1033 people arrived by boats. This has increased to a…

Four paths to freedom: Hindu Concepts in Counselling

Four paths to freedom: Hindu Concepts in Counselling

Narmatha Thillainathan A Hindu considers Hinduism as not only a religion, but also a way of life. A Hindu strives to evolve from a materially focused human to a spiritual one, and considers God a silent partner and an inspirer. Therefore, to provide culturally and religiously sensitive treatment to Hindus, clinicians must understand the common practices of Hindu followers. In…

Why We Need to Have Compassion for Our Inner Critic

Why We Need to Have Compassion for Our Inner Critic

A great article exploring Self Compassion and our inner critic – by Dr Kristen Neff We know how much it hurts. “I’m an idiot!” “I’m disgusting.” “No one will ever love me.” So why do we do it? As soon as we ask ourselves this question, we often just pile on more self-criticism. “I’m so mean, even to myself.” “That’s…