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Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients by Christopher R. Martell, Steven A. Safren, & Stacey E. Prince (The Guilford Press) Until recently, the literature on lesbian, gay, and bisexual mental health and that on cognitive‑behavioral therapies have followed different trajectories. Clinical training has been similarly divided, so that few clinicians develop expertise in both LGB‑affirmative psychotherapy and CBT. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients, written by Christopher R. Martell, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington; Steven A. Safren, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School; and Stacey E. Prince, Clinical Instructor at the University of Washington, melds these two communities.

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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