Recent contributions to the psychoanalytic and psychotherapeutic literature have moved beyond traditional views of lesbianism, but they have tended to address lesbian identity from one theoretical vantage point or another. Rarely have new ideas been linked to the process issues that arise in actual clinical situations. Lesbian Identity and Contemporary Psychotherapy undertakes this very task, and, in so doing, documents the therapeutic gains that result from validating lesbian sexual identity and life experience.
Drawing on contemporary relational thinking and new perspectives on gender and sexuality, Goldstein and Horowitz describe and illustrate an affirmative approach to clinical work with lesbians at various stages of the life cycle. Adolescent, young adult, and family issues are all brought within their compass. Making ample use of case vignettes, they demonstrate the ways in which therapists can elicit their patients' personal narratives of self-acceptance as lesbians and coming out experiences; work with the transference and countertransference dynamics subsequent to such disclosures; and finally explore the collaborative process through which therapist and patient seek to understand their therapeutic interaction.
A range of life circumstances are brought within the authors' refreshingly "hands-on" clinical approach. Special consideration is given to issues arising when lesbians date and initiate romantic relationships and to the relationship problems that develop in ongoing partnerships during the middle and later years. The book concludes by discussing the issues faced by lesbian therapists in treating lesbian patients and in interacting with heterosexual colleagues.
An exemplary overview of newer views of lesbian identity and of the challenges of lesbian life, Lesbian Identity and Contemporary Psychotherapy is equally valuable as an up to date, relationally informed guide to clinical work with lesbian patients.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Eda Goldstein, D.S.W., is professor at the New York University Shirley M. Ehrenkranz School of Social Work and consulting editor to various professional journals, including Clinical Social Work Journal and Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services. Her publications include Ego Psychology and Social Work Practice (1984/1995) and Object Relations Theory and Self Psychology in Social Practice (2001).
Lois C. Horowitz, Ph.D., is a psychoanalyst in private practice who specializes in individual and couples treatment and clinical supervision. She has written and lectured on lesbian identity and psychoanalytic theory.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Psychoanalytic Theory and Lesbianism: The Changing Landscape. A Framework for Clinical Practice. Lesbian Narratives and the Treatment Process. Working with Transference. Working with Countertransference. The Initial Stage of Lesbian Relationships: Clinical Considerations. Issues in Midlife and Later Life: Clinical Considerations. Experiences of the Lesbian Therapist.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a unique and remarkable book. Rarely do clinical authors present issues on lesbian identity with such insight and honesty. It offers both clinicians and lesbians a new way of understanding their experiences not only in the treatment setting but in everyday life. I thought that many of the issues explored with regard to homophobia were also applicable to the LGBT population as a whole. Most of all it was fun to read. The case studies are delightful.
What an important, clinically useful, and positive book about lesbian identity and the paychotherapeutic process! The authors bring their knowledge of lesbians and contemporary psychoanalaytic perspectives relational theories, gender, and sexuality in their approach to clinical work with lesbians. The nymerous case examples are great, not only because of the senstive accounts of patients' narratives but also because of the rich therapist-patient dialogues and process that they contain. You don't need to be gay or even a therapist to like this book and find it compelling.