Gay Affirmative Therapy for the Straight Clinician: The Essential Guide / Edition 1

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All the answers straight clinicians need to work effectively with gay and lesbian clients.
It has been over three decades since the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality as a category of deviant behavior from the DSM. Same-sex marriage is recognized in certain states, gay-straight alliances are springing up in high schools across the country, and major religious denominations are embracing gay clergy. Yet despite the sea change of attitudes toward homosexuality, many well-meaning straight therapists are still at a loss as to how to effectively counsel their gay and lesbian clients. This book will offer straight therapists the tools they need to counsel gay and lesbian clients effectively.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
“[E]nlightening, instructive, and jam-packed with essential information for any straight clinician working with gay, lesbian, and transgendered clients. I am pleased to recommend it very highly.”
“Awarded Honorable Mention by the 2009 AASECT Awards Committee.”
Therapy Today
“This book, written in a highly accessible style, is suitable for both novice and experienced counsellors whose earlier training may have omitted lesbian and gay issues. It is essential reading for the straight therapist who has not explored his or her own prejudices and has little knowledge of the lesbian and gay world.”
Contemporary Sexuality
“Joe Kort’s book is a well written, well rounded and thoroughly researched text on how to treat gay couples. All therapists can benefit from this book. The case examples are perfect illustrations of the points he wants the reader to understand and the research is timely and up to date.”
Sexual and Relationship Therapy
“It is hard not to be impressed by the author’s warmth, depth and almost evangelical enthusiasm for his subject….I would heartily recommend this text to any ‘straight clinicians’ working with gay or lesbian clients.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393704976
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 712,605
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Joe Kort, MA, MSW, ACSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice. He lives in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan.

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Table of Contents

Psychotherapy for Lesbians and Gays: Setting the Gay Record-Straight!     1
What Is Gay Affirmative Therapy?     18
Growing Up Lesbian or Gay     33
Covert Cultural Sexual Abuse     47
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder From Growing Up Lesbian or Gay     71
Developmental Insults     99
Coming Out     122
Helping Families of Lesbians and Gays     149
Lesbian and Gay Sexuality     171
Working With Today's Lesbian and Gay Couples     198
The New Mixed Marriage: One Lesbian or Gay Spouse and One Straight     226
Gay Affirmative Therapy Principles in Clinical Practice: Establishing a Differential Diagnosis     244
Glossary     265
References     279
Index     287
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