If you identify as heterosexual, are you aware of your privilege? LGB-affirmative therapists should strive to ease these concerns while not bringing underlying heteronormative biases and assumptions into therapy. Microaggressions in Psychotherapy As the field of psychology has developed more awareness and acceptance of sexual minorities, overt discrimination has given way to more subtle forms of heterosexist bias. Most LGB individuals are subject to receiving heteronormative healthcare services that do not address their unique needs. Psychotherapy, 48 1
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Psychotherapy with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Clients
Components of the psychotherapy relationship: This includes working to uncover, acknowledge, challenge, and change heterosexist beliefs and attitudes that can lead to perpetrating microaggressions. Leah Russell Flaherty, M. Psychotherapy Research, 24 2 This is a key point, because lack of awareness of biases regarding sexual minorities perpetuates negative stereotypes and stigma. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 56 1
Microaggressions often convey the biases of the therapist and can undermine and damage the therapy relationship. Providing affirmative and supportive psychotherapy should be a goal of all therapists regardless of the client. How do you benefit from being heterosexual? Countering psychiatry over the past hundred years that saw homosexuality to be a mental illnesscurrent guidelines instead encourage psychotherapists to assist patients in overcoming the stigma of homosexuality rather than the sexual orientation. Views Read Edit View history. This is a key point, because lack of awareness of biases regarding sexual minorities perpetuates negative stereotypes and stigma. Have you explored your feelings, beliefs, attitudes, and biases about LGB individuals?