Psychoanalytic Therapy and the Gay Man

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Overview

Do the conventional insights of depth psychology have anything to offer the gay patient? Can contemporary psychoanalytic theory be used to make sense of gay identities in ways that are helpful rather than hurtful, respectful rather than retraumatizing? In Psychoanalytic Therapy and the Gay Man Jack Drescher addresses these very questions as he outlines a therapeutic approach to issues of sexual identity that is informed by traditional therapeutic goals (such as psychological integration and more authentic living) while still respecting, even honoring, variations in sexual orientation. Psychoanalytic Therapy and the Gay Man provides the reader with a grasp of what it is like to discover that one is gay in our society and then to find the courage and humanity to live with that knowledge. Any mental health professional - regardless of his or her sexual orientation - who wishes to deal therapeutically with gay men will find Drescher's work indispensable. But it will also be compelling reading for anyone seeking psychological insight into gay men's lives and concerns.

About the Author:

Jack Drescher, M.D. is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Fellow and Trustee of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis. He is a Faculty Member and Supervisor at the William Alanson White Institute, he is a member of the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry and of The American College of Psychiatrists. Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy, Dr. Drescher is in private practice in New York City.

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Martin Duberman
Jack Drescher has comprehensively gathered and usefully interpreted a vast amount of material relating to psychoanalytic therapy and gay men. His book is a measure of the huge distance the therapeutic community has come over the past several decades in its compassionate understanding of same-gender relationships - and is itself a significant contribution to further progress.
Stephen A. Mitchell
Psychoanalysis is in the process of emerging from a dark age in which understandings and clinical approaches to homosexuality were driven by deep fears and pervaded by utter nonsense. Jack Drescher's Psychoanalytic Therapy and the Gay Man is an important contribution to that emergence. He explores key dimensions of the experiences and struggles of gay men, in terms of both what is known and also what is not known, in a frank and lucid manner. This book will be invaluable to any clinician working with gay men, not so much as a guide for what to do, but, more important, as a guide for what to think about and struggle with. It will also be of interest to anyone interested in the complexities of all sexualities in our time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881632088
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.39 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 Defining A Gay Identity 11
3 Theories of the Etiology of Homosexuality 45
4 Therapeutic Meanings of Antihomosexuality 83
5 Psychoanalytic Theories of Homosexual Development 119
6 Reparative Therapies 151
7 The Therapist's Stance 191
8 Developmental Narratives of Gay Men 229
9 The Closet 257
10 Coming Out 293
References 329
Index 349
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