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Sexual identity therapy (SIT) is a framework designed to assist mental health professionals in their work of helping people resolve dissonance between religious beliefs and sexual orientation. This approach helps therapists assist clients to clarify core beliefs and values about sexuality and their religious beliefs and to develop strategies to pursue congruence between their beliefs and their sexual identity. The framework for SIT is presented in four phases: (1) assessment, (2) advanced informed consent, (3) psychotherapy, and (4) sexual identity synthesis.

Historical Context

The framework was first conceptualized in 2005 by Warren Throckmorton and Mark Yarhouse. Throckmorton recommended the framework for therapists who sought to help clients who believe that their religious beliefs contradict their sexual orientation. For some clients, living a life whose behaviors are in ...

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