Even in today's society, gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals experience multiple pressures and constraints related to their lifestyles, in addition to the stresses of everyday life. This dual tension can result in psychopathology among gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals. Preventing Heterosexism and Homophobia examines the gay and lesbian experience in light of their tension and points toward a future free of heterosexism. The stress of “coming out,” the uncertainty of parenting their children, and the difficulties facing ethnic minority lesbians and bisexuals cannot be adequately addressed without confronting the heterosexual bias in society. The contributors to this informative volume propose methods geared toward eliminating heterosexual bias in various settings–health care, therapy, communities, corporate America, and education. Ultimately, this book examines both the risks and joys of being gay, lesbian, and bisexual, and how to prevent heterosexism and its effects on the lives of all people, including those of heterosexuals. Students and professionals in interpersonal communication and interpersonal relations, clinical psychology, and public health will benefit greatly from the original perspectives this book has to offer.
Chapter 5: Rejecting Therapy: Using Our Communities
Rejecting Therapy: Using Our Communities
Most lesbian discussions of therapy are predicated on the assumption that lesbian therapy is “a good thing,” and attention has focused on providing the best possible therapy to as many lesbians as possible. As a result, concern has revolved around the relative merits of different types of therapy. Many lesbians and feminists have published critiques of particular kinds of therapy: cognitive therapy (Perkins, 1991), Rogerian therapy (Waterhouse, 1993), 12-step programs (Tallen, 1990b), codependency treatments (Brown, 1990; Gomberg, 1989; Tallen, 1990a). Alternatively, there has been consideration of the extent to which different therapies are available to all lesbians rather than to limited groups (for example, via sliding scales and specific consideration of accessibility for lesbians of all ...