Owning your privileges

In this blog I reflect on the importance of being mindful of, and acting ethically given the privileges we each may find ourselves inheriting from our circumstances.

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The work of psychotherapy is vast and deep. Themes running through the many ways it can help are enabling clients to learn how to tolerate differences, discomforts, uncertainty, intimacy, power and privileges. All of these matter, they are the stuff of human relating and they affect us all.

We have seen some of these themes at the fore in recent times, not only in with the racial discrimination so potently apparent after the Euros Fina, but also with the social change that comes with the pandemic, its economic impacts, and the wider context of the climate emergency. In more ways than we usually experience, life is viscerally uncertain and uncomfortable, and familiar patterns of power and intimacy have been disturbed, undermined and reinforced. Running through our experiences of this, we need to be mindful of power and privilege, and the way they shape and influence collective and individual experiences.

At this time of disturbance, and we might hope of paradigm shift, self-reflection is key. None of us should be blind to our attributes and the privileges they afford us. As a white, heterosexual woman born to professional parents and educated well, I carry many blessings endowed on me not of my own making, but because of my genes and family situation. As Faisel Mahmood reflects “One must not negate their privileges to deal with differences. Owning our privileges is absolutely crucial for any hopeful future.”

I wonder how your experience of life differs from that of others with different attributes. Is it something you reflect on? If you do, what do you notice? And how can you use the power you are endowed to make a difference, for the good of everyone, however different to you they may be?

#diversity #equality #mentalhealth #selfawareness

Fe Robinson, Psychotherapist

Hi. I'm Fe, and I'm here to help you thrive, whatever life brings. I believe every client is unique, I work with you to help you explore, discover and grow in whatever ways are right for you. I work with a wide range of clients, both long and short term. I offer Psychotherapy, EMDR therapy and Couples Counselling to UK clients online and in Gainford, Co.Durham in North-East England. I am UKCP Accredited and an EMDR Europe Practitioner, and offer Clinical Supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists online and in person. Following a career in Organisation Development I became a therapist because it's my heart work. Before having my family and starting my private practice I worked in the NHS and mental health charities.