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As more clinicians train in mindfulness and acceptance-based therapies, the demand for skills specifically for treating diverse clients grows. In this much-needed edited volume, you’ll find evidence-based strategies for treating gender and sexual minorities with acceptance and compassion for better treatment outcomes.
Gender and sexual minorities face unique concerns and, according to research, are actually more likely to want and seek therapeutic help due to greater levels of psychological distress. But research also shows that many psychologists and therapists do not feel adequately educated or efficacious discussing topics related to sexuality and gender in clinical practice. This book will address this significant gap with evidence-based and best-practice interventions and applications.
Mindfulness and Acceptance for Gender and Sexual Minorities offers a number of practical strategies within a contextual behavioral science framework, including mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions, compassion-focused therapy (CFT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), relational frame theory (RFT), and more. With chapters on stigma, shame, relationships, and parenting, this book will be a valuable resource for all therapists.
If you’re a clinician, you understand the ongoing need for cutting-edge, effective approaches for treating a variety of clients. With this guide, you’ll learn about the unique application of contextual behavioral approaches as they relate specifically to the experiences of gender and sexual minorities, and feel better equipped to help all of your clients work toward happiness and health.
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About the Author
Editor Matthew D. Skinta, PhD, ABPP, is a board-certified clinical health psychologist who lives with his husband in San Francisco, CA. In addition to having a private practice, he is core clinical faculty at Palo Alto University, where he directs the Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic. Skinta’s past research has focused on the impact of stigma and shame on health behaviors of sexual minority men, particularly as it relates to sexual health and HIV-related care. He is a peer-reviewed acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) trainer, and is certified as both a compassion cultivation training (CCT) teacher, and as a trainer of functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP).
Editor Aisling Curtin, MSc, is a registered counseling psychologist at the Psychological Society of Ireland who lives with her partner in Dublin, Ireland. She is director of ACT Now Ireland, has a small private practice, and consults with a number of organizations to deliver acceptance and mindfulness workshops. Aisling teaches in many university training programs, and regularly gives workshops internationally on sexuality from a mindfulness and acceptance vantage point. She is a peer-reviewed ACT and FAP trainer.
Foreword writer John Pachankis, PhD, is associate professor of epidemiology at Yale University. He studies the mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. His research specifically seeks to identify the psychological and social contextual influences that might explain LGBT individuals’ disproportionate experiences with several adverse mental health outcomes, like depression and substance abuse, and to translate the results of these studies into psychosocial interventions to improve the health of the LGBT community.
John Pachankis, PhD, is associate professor of epidemiology at Yale University. He studies the mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. His research specifically seeks to identify the psychological and social contextual influences that might explain LGBT individuals’ disproportionate experiences with several adverse mental health outcomes, like depression and substance abuse, and to translate the results of these studies into psychosocial interventions to improve the health of the LGBT community.
Table of Contents
Introduction Matthew D. Skinta, Palo Alto University Aisling Curtin, ACT Now Ireland 1
Part I Mindfulness and Acceptance for Coming Out and Shame
1 Self and Perspective Taking for Sexual Minorities in a Heteronormative World Aisling Curtin, ACT Now Ireland Lisa Diamond, University of Utah Louise McHugh, University College Dublin 11
2 Using ACT Interventions to Help Clients Explore the Possibilities of Gender Identity Trish Leonard, ACT Now Ireland Lauren Grousd, private practice 29
3 Coming Out with Compassion Aisling Curtin, ACT Now Ireland Danielle (Danny) Ryu, PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium Lisa Diamond, University of Utah 49
4 Compassion-Focused Therapy in the Treatment of Shame- Based Difficulties in Gender and Sexual Minorities Nicola Petrocchi John Cabot University Rome Marcela Matos Sérgio Carvalho, University of Coimbra Roberto Baiocco, Sapienza, University of Rome 69
5 Mindfulness and Acceptance for Malignant Shame Matthew D. Skinta, Palo Alto University Paul D'Alton, University College Dublin 87
6 Treating Disordered Eating in Gay Men and Other GSM Clients Using DBT and ACT Joseph C. Walloch, University of Nevada, Reno Mary L. Hill, Georgia State University 109
Part II Building and Rebuilding Relationships
7 Healing the Wounds of Rejection: Deepening Vulnerability and Intimacy with Functional Analytic Psychotherapy Matthew D. Skinta Kimberly Balsam, Palo Alto University R. Sonia Singh, Bowling Green State University 131
8 Elephants in the Room; Straight Therapists' Microaggressions with GSM Couples Joanne Steinwachs, private practice Thomas G. Szabo, Florida Institute of Technology 149
9 Starting a Family: Same-Sex Parenting Amy Murrell, University of North Texas Fredrik Livheim, Karolinska Institute Danielle Moyer Melissa Connally Kinsie Dunham, University of North Texas 171
10 Religion, Spirituality, and Gender and Sexual Minorities: What Clinicians Need to Know Finn Reygan, Wits Centre for Diversity Studies (WiCDS), University of the Witwatersrand Aisling Curtin, ACT Now Ireland Geraldine Moane, University College Dublin 187
11 Minority Stress and Resilience Brian A. Feinstein, Northwestern University Brian P. Marx, National Center for PTSD 207
Part III Life in Context: Challenges in the World
12 The Lasting Impact of HIV/AIDS C. Virginia O'Hayer David S. Bennett Jeffrey M. Jacobson, Drexel University 227
13 Doubly Disenfranchised: An Acceptance- and Compassion-Based Approach to Being a Minority Within GSM Communities Khashayar Farhadi-Langroudi, American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University-San Francisco Bay Area Kayla Sargent Akihiko Masuda, Georgia State University 247
14 Flexible Organizations: Creating a Healthy and Productive Context for GSM Employees Frank W. Bond Joda Lloyd, Goldsmiths, University of London 265
15 Queering the Globe: Promoting Equality, Connection, and Community Matthew D. Skinta, Palo Alto University Kip Williams, Market Street Center for Psychotherapy 283
Skinta resides in San Francisco, CA; Curtin resides in Dublin, Ireland.