More lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT individuals and couples are deciding to have children. Many of these individuals and couples choosing to build a family through assisted reproductive technology ART have concerns about how to best nurture and protect their children. It may be helpful to consider these challenges through psychoeducational and legal counseling before starting the family-building process. Parents-to-be should learn about family-building options most suitable to their situation based on their age, gender, reproductive status, and personal health. Gay or lesbian intended parents will need to seek the help of a third party in order to have a child. The third party could be a gestational carrier, an egg, sperm, or embryo donor, or both.
Gay affirmative psychotherapy
Lesbians, gay men, and their parents: family therapy for the coming-out crisis.
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.
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The therapy relationship with lesbian and gay clients.
Gay affirmative psychotherapy is a form of psychotherapy for non-heterosexuals , specifically gay and lesbian clients, which focuses on client comfort in working towards authenticity and self-acceptance regarding sexual orientation , and does not attempt to "change" them to heterosexual , or to "eliminate or diminish" same-sex "desires and behaviors". In fact, embracing and affirming gay identity can be a key component to recovery from other mental illnesses or substance abuse. Countering psychiatry over the past hundred years that saw homosexuality to be a mental illness , current guidelines instead encourage psychotherapists to assist patients in overcoming the stigma of homosexuality rather than the sexual orientation.
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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. This book outlines some of the issues that gays, lesbians, and bisexuals must deal with beyond the coming out process. It demonstrates, through the case method approach, effective techniques utilized by gay-, lesbian-, and bisexual-affirmative practitioners.