Psychotherapy with Lesbian Clients: Theory Into Practice

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Psychology Press, 1991 - Psychology - 208 pages
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In this text the opening explains who lesbians are, how psychotherapy with this population is unique, how therapists and patients are influenced by homophobia and what the therapist brings to the therapeutic relationship. It also presents models of lesbian-affirmative psychotherapy. Dr Falco then discusses lesbian identity formation, lesbian relationships and various clinical issues. The closing chapter, Toward a Psychology of Lesbianism, offers specific guidelines on what therapists need to know to be adequately prepared to give clinical service to lesbians. Appendices present awareness exercises, as well as an annotated bibliography and resource list.
 

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Contents

Psychology and the Lesbian Experience
18
The Therapist
35
THE CONTENT OF THERAPY
55
Lesbian Identity Formation
80
Lesbian Relationships
106
Special Issues
127
Lesbians of Color
133
Alcohol and Drug Use
148
Lesbians and AIDS
160
Exercises
171
Annotated Bibliography
177
Resources
184
References
191
Name Index
201
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