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 4: Affirmative Individual Psychotherapy: Themes and Issues
Affirmative Individual Psychotherapy: Themes and Issues
In Part I of this book, we discussed how lesbian/gay culture differs from the general culture, but do these differences translate into requiring different treatment for lesbian and gay male clients? We hope that, after the first three chapters, the answer to the question is becoming conceptually clear, that yes, differences within this population require specific treatment considerations.
So, what are some of the differences in treatment? Although many similarities exist with respect to experiences faced by all clients, lesbian and gay clients perceive and process these experiences differently. Furthermore, lesbians and gay men encounter unique challenges, including the coming out process, lesbian/gay identity formation, and discrimination based on heterosexism and homophobia.
These considerations will influence ...