The therapy relationship has been conceptualized as a Tripartite Model Gelso, which posits that the therapy relationship consists of three intertwining parts: a real relationship, a transference - countertransference configuration, and a working alliance. The plethora of research on the therapy relationship over the past three decades rarely considered sexual orientation as a demographic variable. Hence, very little is known about the therapy experiences of lesbian , gay, and bisexual LGB clients, or the impact the therapy relationship has on the process and outcome of psychotherapy with these clients. The results of a recent study on the therapy relationship with lesbian and gay clients Kelley, reveal that, more than two-thirds of participants reported that they had a positive therapy relationship with their therapist. Yet, despite this encouraging finding, the results also indicate that some therapists continue to hold biases about sexual minority clients that can lead to subtle, often unconscious and unintentional, denigrating verbal and nonverbal messages called microaggressions Sue et al. As the field of psychology has developed more awareness and acceptance of sexual minorities, overt discrimination has given way to more subtle forms of heterosexist bias.
Psychotherapy with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Clients
Psychotherapy with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Clients | Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy
I have been dragged into therapy kicking and screaming more times in my life than I can count. And while I believe that therapy in its many modalities and definitions can both change and save lives, I also firmly believe that a person has to choose it for themselves for it to make a difference. I first started going to therapy around 13 years old. My parents who did not know about the assault were concerned about my behavior and took me despite my persistent refusal. In time, though, both the therapist and my parents conceded to my stubborn Taurus nature, and we agreed to end therapy for the time being. My fraught relationship with my parents continued throughout my teenage years, and though they tried to send me to therapy several more times, it never stuck. After a few particularly shocking incidents — including one where I threatened to take my own life, was placed in an involuntary psychiatric hold, and misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder — my trust in the mental health establishment was threadbare at best.
Why I Needed to See a Queer Therapist (And How You Can Find One, Too)
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We know it. It is not easy to be one of the LGBT community. People are not accepted, and they are even getting discriminated against. Who knows? Lesbian psychotherapist or any psychotherapist specializing in LGBT issues may help you survive the struggles you are facing.