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 5: Treatment Issues for Couples and Families
Treatment Issues for Couples and Families
For lesbians and gay men who are interested in dating and long-term relationships, there are few relationship role models and socialization rules. So, lesbians and gay men must openly or tacitly create rules for dating and relationships. This situation can become problematic because each person must learn nuances in the dating and relationship realms, and each couple must forge a unique set of relationship rules.
Lesbians and gay men confront the same relationship challenges as heterosexuals, but they approach these challenges differently due to gender role socialization, heterosexism, and homophobia. Furthermore, lesbians and gay men must confront issues unique to them. It becomes the therapeutic task to explore all of these issues and to help ...