International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 471–489

Homophobia in Counselling Practice

  • Randolph Bowers
  • David Plummer
  • Victor Minichiello

DOI: 10.1007/s10447-005-8207-7

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Bowers, R., Plummer, D. & Minichiello, V. Int J Adv Counselling (2005) 27: 471. doi:10.1007/s10447-005-8207-7


Current attitudes of counselling practitioners towards sexual and gender differences raise the possibility that minority clients may experience re-traumatisation due to in-session expressions of therapist homophobia. This paper explores these issues through a qualitative study that examines client and counsellor narratives on homophobia in counselling. The results describe specific examples of homophobic behaviour by counsellors. While individual examples might appear mundane on the surface, the frameworks they invoke and their pervasiveness constitutes a considerable threat to the counselling relationship. The paper argues that homophobia in counselling practice is a significant issue that requires sensitive, critical and applied analysis that redirects therapeutic efforts in the future.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Randolph Bowers
    • 1
    • 3
  • David Plummer
    • 2
  • Victor Minichiello
    • 1
  1. 1.School of HealthUniversity of New EnglandAustralia
  2. 2.University of the West IndiesJamaica
  3. 3.School of HealthUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia