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.

Creating the Foundation for Affirmative Psychotherapy: Environment, Language, Assessment Instruments, and Training and Education

Creating the foundation for affirmative psychotherapy: Environment, language, assessment instruments, and training and education

To provide affirmative psychotherapy, a physically and psychologically inclusive environment is vital to making lesbian and gay male clients feel comfortable and secure. The physical environment, which clients experience upon entering your place of work, starts in the lobby and continues in your office. The psychological environment includes values, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that you convey to your clients by your verbal and nonverbal communication and by assessment instruments you administer and interpret with them.

Physical Environment

From the first moment lesbian and gay clients enter your office, they evaluate their surroundings for comfort and security. You can create

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