Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients
by Christopher R. Martell, Steven A. Safren, & Stacey E.
Prince (The Guilford Press)
Following an overview of the specific developmental needs of LGB individuals, the book reviews the basics of cognitive‑behavioral assessment and treatment. Chapters then describe evidence‑based applications for treating such challenges as depression, anxiety, and couple distress, with particular attention to the ways clients' experiences are shaped by membership in a stigmatized or marginalized group. Effective strategies are outlined for helping clients reevaluate negative core beliefs about the self and develop skills for coping and problem solving. The volume also discusses emerging cognitive and behavioral treatments, and ethical and professional issues in LGB‑affirmative practice. Throughout, case illustrations bring to life the diversity of LGB communities, highlighting commonalities as well as differences among the issues clients bring to therapy. Appendices include useful resources and sample client and therapist forms.
Filling a crucial gap, this practical and accessible volume synthesizes knowledge from both fields into a comprehensive framework for culturally sensitive CBT practice with LGB clients. An important contribution for therapists in a range of settings, from CBT newcomers to experienced practitioners, this book will also be read with interest by students and residents in clinical and counseling psychology, couple and family therapy, psychiatry, clinical social work, and nursing. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients is a uniquely informative text for courses in CBT, couple therapy, and clinical work with sexual minority clients.
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