Becoming Visible: Counseling Bisexuals Across the Lifespan

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Columbia University Press, 2007 - Psychology - 441 pages
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Becoming Visible offers cutting-edge psychological perspectives on bisexual and queer identities and the cultural and mental health issues facing bisexual, lesbian, gay, queer, and questioning individuals and their partners. Essential for any professional seeking to provide "best practice" services to this population, Becoming Visible addresses the therapeutic needs of bisexuals at every stage of the life cycle.

This volume explores why some people resist identity labels and what bisexual men and women consider exemplary and harmful in their therapeutic experiences. It also helps practitioners distinguish between the stresses brought on by being part of a sexual minority and the clinical symptoms that indicate serious mental health issues. It includes research on ethnic minority bisexuals, youth, elders, gender-variant individuals, and bisexuals engaging in alternative lifestyles and sexual practices such as polyamory and BDSM.

Edited by a psychologist who specializes in sexual-orientation and gender-identity issues and with contributions from scholars and professionals from multiple disciplines, the book embraces perspectives from the empirical to the phenomenological, and outlines both scientific and practice-based approaches to the subject while carefully considering the psychological, cultural, and spiritual dimensions of the issues confronting bisexual men and women.

Becoming Visible is a crucial step in the improved mental health and well-being of bisexuals, transgender individuals, and other sexual minorities. This book offers a path toward awareness and compassion for those who seek to understand, treat, and empower this underserved and frequently misunderstood group of mental health clients.

 

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Niagara College welcomed MP Dean Allison Niagara College welcomed Niagara West- Glanbrook MP Dean Allison to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus on July 21. Allison began his tour at the Wine Visitor + Education Centre where he learned what is new at Niagara College before moving to the main NOTL Campus. Research project manager Nigel Corish led him through the Canadian Food and Wine Institute Research Centre labs and outlined some recent projects Niagara Research has undertaken, including the development of a recipe for the new award-winning alcohol-free MADD Virgin Craft Brewed Lager. 

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Contents

Inventing
3
A Review of Mental Health Research on Bisexual Individuals
28
Bisexual Womens and Mens Experiences of Psychotherapy
52
Whats in a Name? Why Women Embrace
72
Developmental and Spiritual Issues of Young People and Bisexuals
89
Counseling the Bisexual Married Man
108
for Therapy
127
Working with Intimate
153
A Minority Within a Minority
246
Implications
268
Whats the Difference?
287
Therapeutic Issues
297
Counseling Bisexuals in Polyamorous Relationships
312
Building Erotic Communities
336
Counseling Bisexuals on BDSM Lifestyle Issues
358
Training Counselors to Work Ethically and Effectively with
381

Therapy with
164
Confronting Ableism at the Intersection
186
Addressing Social Invalidation to Promote WellBeing for Multiracial
207
AsianPacific
229
Counseling Heterosexual Spouses of Bisexual
395
Index
417
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Beth A. Firestein, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Loveland, Colorado. Her practice specialties include sexual orientation, gender identity, women's issues, and EMDR for trauma. Dr. Firestein's first book, Bisexuality: The Psychology and Politics of an Invisible Minority, won a Distinguished Publication Award from Division 35 of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Women in Psychology.

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