This book covers topics such as how to avoid making the common mistake of believing that “a couple is a couple,” thus treating LGBTQ couples the same as their heterosexual counterparts; how to treat clients struggling in “mixed” orientation marriages and relationships (straight and LGBTQ spouses in the same couple); and how to work with all clients who have non-heteronormative sexual behaviors and practices. Perhaps most importantly, the book discusses covert cultural sexual abuse (the trauma suffered from having to suppress one’s own sexual and gender identity) as well as the difficult process of coming out to family and friends.
A therapist’s job is to help clients and their identities through their own lens and not anyone else’s―especially the therapist’s. The gay affirmative principles put forward in this book will help you build a stronger relationship with your LGBTQ clients and become the go-to therapist in your area.
CHAPTER 1 Psychotherapy for LGBTQ People: Setting the Record—Straight!
CHAPTER 2 What Is Gay Affirmative Therapy?
CHAPTER 3 Growing Up Lesbian, Gay, or Bisexual
CHAPTER 4 Covert Cultural Sexual Abuse
CHAPTER 5 Trauma From Growing Up LGBTQ
CHAPTER 6 Developmental Insults
CHAPTER 7 Coming Out
CHAPTER 8 Helping Families of Lesbians and Gays
CHAPTER 9 LGBTQ Sexuality
CHAPTER 10 Working With Today’s Lesbian and Gay Couples
CHAPTER 11 The New Mixed Marriage or Relationship: One LGBTQ Spouse and One Straight
CHAPTER 12 Gay Affirmative Therapy Principles in Clinical Practice: Establishing a Differential Diagnosis
CHAPTER 13 Working With Today’s LGBTQ Teen
CHAPTER 14 The Transgender Client
CHAPTER 15 The Bisexual Client
CHAPTER 16 Sexual Fluidity