Handbook of Affirmative Psychotherapy with Lesbians and Gay Men
Grounded in current research, this comprehensive volume lays the foundations for effective, affirmative therapeutic practice with lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients. Timely, clinically relevant information is provided to help clinicians understand and address the unique concerns these clients bring to the therapeutic setting. Coverage includes the sociocultural factors that influence lesbian and gay mental health; the process of lesbian, gay, and bisexual identity formation; and lifespan developmental tasks and transitions from adolescence to later life. Also addressed are family of origin issues; couple problems, including sex therapy with same-sex partners; vocational and workplace issues; health and medical concerns; meeting the needs of same-sex parents and their children; religious and spiritual concerns; and cultural diversity issues. The extensive resource section lists a broad array of publications, advocacy groups, and Web-based resources for both professionals and consumers.
- Guilford Publications
- United States
Table of contents
Part I: Biosocial, Cultural, and Political Foundations. Heterosexist Oppression: A Fundamental Reality. Concepts of Sexual Orientation. Sexual Orientations: Origins and Influences. Sexual Orientation and the Law. Part II: Identity Formation and Psychologcial Development. Theories of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Identity Formation. Issues for Sexual Minority Adolescents. Midlife and Later-Life Issues for Sexual Minority Adults. Part III: Affirmative Practice. Psychodiagnostic Considerations. Psychotherapeutic Applications for Identity Formation. Sexual Minorities within Other Minority Populations. Career Choice and Development with Sexual Minority Clients. Health and Medical Concerns. Religious Concerns and Spiritual Development. Part IV: Working With Couples and Families. Families of Origin and Coming-Out Issues. Understanding Same-Sex Couples. Sex Therapy with Gay and Lesbian Couples. Families with a Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Parent. Resources
'This book is a significant achievement. It covers a broad range of topics in impressive depth and breadth ... it is a valuable resource both for practising clinical psychologists, therapists and trainees as well as others interested in the link between mental health and sexuality.' - Lesbian and Gay Psychology Review