Handbook of Affirmative Psychotherapy with Lesbians and Gay Men

Kathleen Y. Ritter and Anthony I. Terndrup

January 16, 2002
ISBN 9781572307148
Price: $73.00
493 Pages
Size: 7" x 10"

“An excellent resource for ideas about how to create the best possible therapeutic environment for a sexual minority client.”

Contemporary Psychology

“This useful and comprehensive volume addresses the needs of the psychotherapeutic community in capturing the complex multidimensionality of LGB experience in today's society and the psychological issues that surround this....A supremely useful book that can inform both straight and LGB therapists.”

Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy

“From the LGB teenager to the senior citizen and the single gay man to the committed lesbian couple, the Handbook details the rich and varied aspects of sexual minorities in clear, concise details that will enable the mental health professional to better connect with this often underserved segment of the population.”

Social Work Today

“Excellent....This book is clearly written and attractively and helpfully laid out. It offers a copious appendix of resources....Thoughtful study of this book will reward readers with an excellent education in working with lesbians and gay men to achieve a position for them in society that is no longer debilitating but healthful, respected, and possibly, esteemed.”

Canadian Journal of Psychiatry

“Finally, a core text for the practice of lesbian and gay affirmative psychotherapy has arrived. This book is scholarly, clinically savvy, comprehensive, thoughtful, accessible, and pragmatic. The authors do a remarkable job of advancing a coherent point of view while remaining even-handed, balanced, and receptive to a diversity of ideas. I recommend this book without reservation to any mental health provider working with lesbian and gay clients, and to scholars seeking a basic reference on the practice of lesbian and gay affirmative psychotherapy.”

—John C. Gonsiorek, PhD, ABPP, Past President, American Psychological Association Division 44; Independent Practice, Minneapolis, MN

“This book meets a longstanding need in the professional literature. It is comprehensive, well grounded, and practical in its focus on the underlying issues and challenges that emerge in clinical work with lesbians and gay men. This book is an invaluable addition to the bookshelves of all mental health practitioners, as well as students. Including an extensive resource list, the book will be a useful text for courses in human sexuality, multicultural counseling, and counseling sexual minorities.”

—Bob Barret, PhD, Department of Counseling, Special Education and Child Development, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

“This comprehensive text not only includes all the relevant psychological literature, but also provides the reader with a sociopolitical context for understanding how heterosexism impacts the lives of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. A unique aspect of the book is the thorough presentation of affirmative psychotherapy interventions. Particularly noteworthy is the discussion of misdiagnosis that occurs when stress associated with having a stigmatized identity is mistaken for evidence of psychopathology. This text should be required reading for graduate students in the mental health professions, as well as practitioners working with diverse lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients. Many sections of the book would also be useful for undergraduate students in Psychology, Sociology, and Women's, LGBT, or Gender Studies.”

—Christine Browning, PhD, Senior Staff Psychologist, University of California, Irvine Counseling Center; Past President, APA Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues).

“Training of mental health professionals is improving when it comes to education about LGB clients, but there are still many graduate programs and many textbooks that barely touch on these important issues....The amount of research reviewed here and the implications drawn from that research are outstanding....No matter how knowledgeable readers believe themselves to be on LGB issues and no matter whether students, therapists, educators, or researchers, they will be pleased at how much more they will learn from this book.”

—from the Foreword by Sari H. Dworkin, PhD