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 6: Group Psychotherapy and Support Groups for Lesbians and Gay Men
Group Psychotherapy and Support Groups for Lesbians and Gay Men
Therapists have several options for providing group psychotherapy and counseling to lesbian and gay male clients. Clients can attend commingled (mixed gay and nongay) groups or exclusively lesbian/ gay groups. Within the latter option, clients can be placed in exclusively lesbian, exclusively gay male, or mixed lesbian/gay groups. Whether the groups are commingled or exclusively gay/lesbian, they can be broken down into several categories. Psychotherapy (process) groups are helpful for clients who are dealing with intimacy, communication, and other relationship issues; workplace challenges; and learning to become more comfortable as a lesbian or as a gay man. Support and recovery groups have specific aims. For example, ...