International Case Studies in Mental Health presents a variety of global cases from both developed and developing countries, detailing descriptions of the people who are seeking help to eliminate their distress and of the exceptional practitioners who provide the help. In most of the cases, the practitioner is someone who shares a similar heritage with her or his help seeker, and who is influenced at least partly by Western psychotherapy traditions. Each chapter also is a showcase of how scholars pair up with mental health practitioners to create a work that weaves together contextual and individual qualities to inform an understanding of the help-seeker and the intervention.

This book aims to help prepare both mental health trainees and practicing professionals to be effective in the provision of healing in their work with people in different regions of the world. Consequently, the authors hope to offer practitioners a glimpse of what can be achieved in these regions by people whose reputations within the respective communities are strong.

Bisexual Identity in a Traditional Culture: A Case Study from Turkey

Bisexual identity in a traditional culture: A case study from Turkey


In this chapter, a Turkish man's psychosomatic symptoms and his treatment are discussed. However, a word of caution that readers should keep in mind, is that the case story, the practitioner, and the treatment provided in this chapter are not representative of the whole country; therefore, readers should not overgeneralize.

The Authors

The first author, Senel Poyrazli, is a licensed psychologist in the United States and works as an associate professor of counseling psychology at the Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg campus. Turkish-born, Senel received her undergraduate degree from Hacettepe University, Turkey, in psychological guidance and counseling. She then moved to the United States to attend graduate ...

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