Affirmative Psychotherapy and Counseling for Lesbians and Gay Men offers a broad base of research, practice, and advocacy information about the special counseling needs of gays and lesbians. Authors Jeffrey N. Chernin and Melissa R. Johnson discuss universal themes as they apply to lesbian and gay clients, as well as issues unique to lesbians and gay men, including the treatment of same-sex couples and families, ethnic minority issues, and living with HIV/AIDS. They present sensible information on how to provide a safe therapeutic environment and how to interpret and apply psychological assessments.
Chapter 2: Youth, Elderly, Ethnic Minority, and Lesbian/Gay Subcultures
Youth, Elderly, Ethnic Minority, and Lesbian/Gay Subcultures
Let's suppose that a client is talking to you in session and matter-of-factly states, “I was at this bar and I saw this bear—well, he was more like a cub. He looked like he was just coming off of a roll— y'know, crystal or something—but then I thought maybe he was tired. He smiled, and I smiled back, but then he just walked away. Like that! Maybe he's looking for a daddy.…”
If you're having trouble understanding this client, it's because the lesbian and gay culture is composed of various subcultures, each with its own words and meanings. To provide affirmative psychotherapy, it is helpful for you to have a sense of these ...