As does any good psychoanalytic clinician, I pay attention to my fantasies. Here it is, the piece I had been waiting for: a volume that would comprehensively and artfully expose the reader to the state of the art of contemporary gay-affirmative psychoanalytic theory and practice all in one place, a tightly coherent collection of essays that would represent well the extant canon of this rapidly evolving domain! In other words, I was expecting an idealized vision of Oedipal perfection with which I could be enthralled. Davies, , Because I have been adequately analyzed, however, I soon realized I ought not anticipate perfection if I were to relate fairly to this text. After all, no book could possibly fulfill my fantasy. This realization brings me to my post-reading fantasy, this time, a post-oedipal Davies, , reading of the book.
Affirmative Psychotherapy and Counseling for Lesbians and Gay Men
Affirmative Psychotherapy and Counseling for Lesbians and Gay Men | SAGE Publications Inc
Conversion therapy is the pseudoscientific practice of trying to change an individual's sexual orientation from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual using psychological or spiritual interventions. There is no reliable evidence that sexual orientation can be changed and medical bodies warn that conversion therapy practices are ineffective and potentially harmful. The highest-profile advocates of conversion therapy today tend to be fundamentalist Christian groups and other organizations which use a religious justification for the therapy rather than speaking of homosexuality as "a disease". More recent clinical techniques used in the United States have been limited to counseling, visualization, social skills training, psychoanalytic therapy , and spiritual interventions such as "prayer and group support and pressure",  though there are some reports of aversive treatments through unlicensed practice as late as the s.
Counseling gay men & lesbians : journey to the end of the rainbow
Before beginning any treatment with a homosexual client, a therapist has the responsibility of making sure he or she is well versed on issues related to sexuality, has the skills necessary to create a positive and nonjudgmental environment, and will not feel uncomfortable discussing issues related to homosexuality. If a therapist believes homosexuality is wrong, sinful, immoral, or a mental illness, he or she should NOT work with gay clients. Refer this client to someone who is able to provide the necessary components of a therapeutic relationship. If a therapist believes that a person can change his or her sexual orientation often referred to as conversion, reparative, or reorientation therapy , it is only ethical to do adequate research on the topic before beginning such treatment.
Include Synonyms Include Dead terms. Dworkin, Sari H. In the past decade, assisting gay and lesbian clients with the coming out process, helping clients to manage stigmatized identities, and assisting counselors in removing their homophobic attitudes were the first priorities in dealing with homosexuality.