The first three books here form the Pink Therapy trilogy.  They are recommended core text books on many therapy training programmes. Thereafter we include some other books which we think may be helpful for therapists. At the bottom of the page you'll also find some websites which may be useful.

See also the separate section Trans Issues for Therapists

Pink Therapy

Edited by Dominic Davies and Charles Neal. Open University Press, 1996


    An historical overview of homosexuality and therapy - Dominic Davies
    Towards a model of gay affirmative therapy - Dominic Davies
    Homophobia and heterosexism - Dominic Davies
    Working with people coming out - Dominic Davies
    Working with single people - Lyndsey Moon
    Working with people in relationships - Gail Simon
    Lesbian and gay parenting issues - Helena Hargarden and Sara Llewellin
    Working with young people - Dominic Davies
    Working with older lesbians - Val Young
    Working with older gay men - Bernard Ratigan
    Alcohol and substance misuse - Graz Kowszun and Maeve Malley
    Religious and spiritual conflicts - Bernard Lynch


"A comprehensive British Volume on lesbian and gay affirmative psychotherapy has been a while coming.  Pink Therapy, however, has arrived, amply fills this gap, and is well worth the wait.... I particularly liked the contributors' subtle appreciation of theoretical nuance, genuine open-mindedness to diversity of ideas, and willingness to synthesise in a pragmatic and client-oriented manner"

John C. Gonsiorek, Past President , Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian and Gay Issues (Division 44 of the American Psychological Association

"It is all too easy for the liberal heterosexual therapist to imagine he or she has it all sewn up as far as attitudes to homosexuality are concerned. This book shows that even the politically correct, have so much to learn not just about being gay, lesbian or bisexual, but also about research into sexuality, attitudes amongst therapists, and on training courses as well as in the development of psychotherapy and counselling."

Michael Jacobs. BACP Fellow and author of numerous psychodynamic textbooks.

Pink Therapy (Vol. 1) has now been translated into Russian!

Pink Therapy Vol 2: Therapeutic Perspectives on a Working with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Clients

Edited by Dominic Davies and Charles Neal. Open University Press, 2000


    Analytical psychology - Deirdre Haslam
    Cognitive-behavioural therapy - James Gray
    Existential-phenomenlogical therapy - Martin Milton
    Gay, lesbian and bisexual therapy and its supervision - James Pett
    Neuro-linguistic psychotherapy - Denis Bridoux and Martin Weaver
    Person-centred therapy - Dominic Davies
    Psychoanalytic psychotherapy - Susannah Izzard
    Psychosynthesis - Keith Silvester
    Social constructionist and systemic therapy - Gail Simon and Gwyn Whitfield
    Transactional Analysis - Graham Perlman


"An invaluable resource for all therapists and counsellors. (And I do mean all.) The book's challenging and innovative strategy of linking theoretical orientation and sexual orientation sets it apart from other, apparently similar volumes. The various contributions are notable for the exemplary way they link psychological concepts and the human experience of therapist and client in the work."

Andrew Samuels, Professor of Analytical Psychology, University of Essex

"Written from a well-informed insider's perspective on each theory, this book demonstrates a real coming of age of therapeutic work with lesbian, gay and bisexual clients. Many books in the past have been written about the difficulties of therapeutic work with these clients. This book, by contrast, puts theoretical perspectives on the couch, explores their strengths and weaknesses in relation to this client group and offers affirming strategies and solutions to working within these models."

Sue Webb, President of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors

Pink Therapy Vol. 3: Issues in Therapy with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual and Transgender Clients

Edited by Charles Neal and Dominic Davies. Open University Press, 2000


    Issues of race, culture and sexuality - Rita Brauner
    Kink therapy: SM and sexual minorities - Denis Bridoux
    Management of ethical dilemmas - Lynne Gabriel and Dominic Davies
    Issues in HIV/AIDS counselling - Pavlo Kanellakis
    Expressive therapy - freeing the creative self - Timothy McMichael
    Psychosexual therapy - Ian McNally and Naomi Adams
    We are family: gay men in groups - Charles Neal
    Looking both ways: bisexuality and therapy - Claire Lucius and Elizabeth Oxley
    Working with people who have been sexually abused in childhood - Fiona Purdie
    Long term consequences of bullying - Ian Rivers
    Gay men and sex: clinical issues - Jan Schippers
    Transgender issues - Tony Zandvliet


"A diverse and extremely useful set of chapters at the cutting edge of thinking on work with sexual minorities.... An important and too often neglected aspect of therapists' and counsellors' training which this book does much to correct."

Susie Orbach, author of The Impossibility of Sex

Lesbian and Gay Psychology

Edited by Adrian Coyle and Celia Kitzinger Pub: Blackwell 2002 £23

 This British-edited and authored collection on lesbian and gay psychology. Leading names in the field discuss a broad range of concerns cutting across social,  health, developmental, educational and counselling psychology. These include topics such as development during adolescence, girls' friendships, identity formation and disclosure, parenting and family issues, health issues, psychotherapy and social attitudes.

Psychoanalytic Therapy & The Gay Man

Jack Drescher

Through its abundance of first-person testimony from both clinical and literary sources, Psychoanalytic Therapy and the Gay Man provides the reader with an unforgettable grasp of what it is like to discover that one is gay in our society and then to find the courage and humanity to live with that knowledge.  Any mental health professional - regardless of his or her sexual orientation - who wishes to deal therapeutically with gay men will find Drescher's work indispensable.  But it will also be compelling reading for anyone seeking psychological insight into gay men's lives and concerns.

Psychotherapy with Gay Men and Lesbians: Contemporary Dynamic Approaches

Eds: Jack Drescher, Anne D'Ercole and Erica Shoenberg
Routledge. 2003.

Examine gay and lesbian psychoanalysis from a variety of perspectives!

Psychotherapy with Gay Men and Lesbians: Contemporary Dynamic Approaches presents case histories of psychotherapy sessions with gay and lesbian patients, focusing on today's psychoanalytical approaches. Dedicated to enhancing the emotional, psychological, and psychiatric treatment of gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals, the book features prominent analysts with a wide range of clinical and theoretical approaches. The foremost experts in the therapeutic field address issues affecting gay and lesbian patients from psychoanalytic perspectives that respect the patients' sexual identities.

Psychotherapy with Gay Men and Lesbians reflects the significant clinical and theoretical changes therapists face in dealing with issues of gender and sexuality. New ways of thinking coexist with traditional theory as paradigm shifts in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis affect the treatment of gay, lesbian, and bisexual patients. This book provides a forum to address those changes through clinical papers and discussions.

Psychotherapy with Gay Men and Lesbians includes discussion of case reports that deal with:

  • gay therapists treating gay patients
  • countertransferential enactments of sex and gender in treatment
  • rethinking the meanings of homosexuality
  • psychotherapeutic treatment of gay male patients with AIDS
  • and much more!

Psychotherapy with Gay Men and Lesbians is an essential forum for the exchange of clinical information on gay and lesbian psychotherapy. The book is a valuable resource for psychiatrists, psychologists, social work therapists, psychoanalysts, and anyone interested in today's psychoanalytic approaches to homosexuality.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients



This book provides a framework for affirmative, empirically supported cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients. Guidelines for competent assessment and treatment are integrated with practical descriptions of widely used CBT applications. In addition to presenting powerful treatment tools for depression, anxiety, and other problems encountered by gay and straight clients alike, the book offers clear-cut guidance on helping individuals and couples cope with the stresses of sexual minority status. Rich case illustrations bring to life the diversity of lesbian and gay communities, highlighting commonalities as well as differences among the issues that clients bring to therapy. Appendices include resources and sample client and therapist forms.

Feeling Queer or Queer Feelings? Radical Approaches to Counselling Sex, Sexualities and Genders

Ed: Lyndsey Moon Pub: Routledge 2008 £23


Highly innovative and contemporary ideas for counsellors, counselling and clinical psychologists and psychotherapists to consider in their work with non-heterosexual clients.

Ground-breaking ideas are presented by new thinkers in the area for issues such as:

  • coming out
  • transgender desire
  • theoretical modalities in working with HIV
  • the role of therapy in bondage and discipline, domination and submission, and sadomasochism
  • the use of queer theory in therapeutic research.
Feeling Queer or Queer Feelings? will challenge present ideas about sex, gender and sexuality, and will prove to be invaluable for clinicians in this field

Safe, Sane and Consensual: Contemporary Perspectives on Sadomasochism

Eds: Darren Langdridge & Meg Barker

Pubs: Palgrave 2008 £53 hardback

This book is available via a special Pink Therapy discount of 50%, meaning you pay £26.50 + p&p
Please download this form and post or fax to Vince Leach at Palgrave (fax: 01256 330688)

Sex, Sexuality and Therapeutic Practice: A manual for therapists and trainers.

Eds: C. Butler, A. O’Donovan and E. Shaw. Routledge 2010 £22.99 RRP

This new book, (co-edited by Pink Therapy Associate Catherine Butler), is a valuable addition to the library of any therapist or trainer working in the field of human sexuality. As one can see from the chapters titles it’s comprehensive in it’s focus:

    Sex, body, behaviour and identity
    Talking about sex
    Health, disability and sex
    Sexual and gender minorities: consideration for therapy and training
    Sexual and sexuality across the lifespan
    Culture, sex and sexuality.

There are plenty of practical exercises for group work or indeed self-reflexive practice. The book takes a non-heteronormative stance and is written in a accessible style.



Understanding Non-Monogamies

Meg Barker and Darren Langdridge Ed.
Routledge 2009

Most social scientific work on intimate relationships has assumed a monoga- mous structure, or has considered anything other than monogamy only in the context of 'infidelity'. Yet, in recent years there has been a growing interest among researchers and the public in exploring various patterns of intimacy that involve open non-monogamy. This volume gathers contributions from academics, activists, and practitioners throughout the world to explore non- monogamous relationships. Featuring both empirical and theoretical pieces, contributors examine the history and cultural basis of various forms of non- monogamy, experiences of non-monogamous living, psychological under- standings of relationship patterns, language and emotion, the discursive con- struction of mono-normativity as well as issues of race, class, disability, sexu- ality and gender. This volume will be of interest to academics and practitio- ners working in the social sciences and anyone who is seeking greater insight into the intricacies of non-monogamous relationships.





Counselling Ideologies

Lyndsey Moon
Ashgate 2010

"Counselling Ideologies" draws our attention to the dilemmas inherent within the therapeutic ideologies commonly subscribed to by psychotherapists and counsellors working with those who challenge heteronormative models and approaches. Identifying the modernist, heteronormative understandings of the world implicit in the more popular models, this book employs queer theory to challenge these ideologies, drawing on disciplines both within and outside of counselling and psychology, as well as sociology, cultural studies and various ethnographic accounts. It highlights the dilemmas faced by those who may wish to practise as 'queer therapists', addressing not only therapeutic dilemmas, but also issues such as: identity, race, coming-out experiences, 'internalised homophobia', 'empathy', 'ethical issues', bisexuality and pathologisation. Comprising contributions from both academic experts and practitioners from the UK, USA and Australia, this book represents a new approach to counselling and psychotherapy that will appeal not only to sociologists and those working in the field of mental health, but also to scholars of race and ethnicity, gender, queer studies and queer theory.



Growth and Intimacy for Gay Men: A Workbook

Written by John Dececco, PhD. and Christopher J. Alexander, PhD. Harrington Park Press. 1997.

Growth and Intimacy for Gay Men: A Workbook
is an educational workbook for gay men that covers a variety of topics, including family of origin, addiction, self-image, dating and relationships, AIDS and multiple loss, and spirituality. Each chapter provides an overview of the mental health concerns of gay men, as well as exercises the reader can do to facilitate his personal understanding of the issues covered. While the book is written in nontechnical language, making it useful to the general public, its wide selection of workbook exercises makes it useful for psychotherapists and counselors working with gay men. 

Growth and Intimacy for Gay Men is written to the reader--with brief examples from the author’s work as a clinical psychologist helping gay men. A central goal of the book is to normalize the feelings and experiences the reader has, as many gay men feel like they’re the only ones with their feelings or experiences. The book’s problem-solving approach addresses:

  • family of origin--provides exercises to identify and examine gay men’s role in the family, examine their childhood perceptions of being different, and help them map out family patterns and dynamics
  • self-image--includes self-image assessment questionnaires and written exercises that challenge the reader to look at how they’re affected by societal perceptions
  • addiction--explores why gay men are vulnerable to addictive behavior and offers strategies for change and self-assessment exercises
  • dating and relationships--covers the unique challenges faced by gay men, with exercises for single as well as coupled men
  • AIDS and mental health--provides exercises to help the reader examine the impact of AIDS on his own life and to assess the impact of multiple loss and prolonged grief

    Readers can do the workbook exercises on their own, or therapists can assign chapters and exercises as homework, with clients bringing the completed assignment to therapy for more in-depth exploration and discussion. By providing informative chapters and useful exercises, Growth and Intimacy for Gay Men becomes an avenue through which gay men can understand their identity, experiences, and goals.

Transsexual and Other Disorders of Gender Identity: A Practical Guide to Management

Edited by James Barrett. Radcliffe Publishing. 2007.

People with gender identity problems are increasingly often encountered by health professionals. The problems are often imagined to consist only of transsexuality, but actually comprise of both this and many other diagnoses. Properly establishing a diagnosis and excluding alternatives including psychosis, partial androgen insensitivity syndromes and personality disorder is complex. The subsequent management of these disorders and their differential diagnoses is even more so. "Transsexual and other Disorders of Gender Identity" provides a comprehensive and extremely practical account of the management of disorders of gender identity and their differential diagnoses. Particular consideration is given to, among others, coincidental mental illness, disability, family and relationship issues, forensic and military settings. Psychological and endocrine aspects are covered in depth, surgical aspects to a level adequate for all but a specialist surgeon, and legal aspects to the level generally needed by health professionals. This book provides vital detail for general practitioners, surgeons, endocrinologists, speech therapists, social workers and, especially, psychiatrists.

"I conceived and edited this book because when asked for recommended reading on the practicalities of treatment for disorders of gender identity I had nothing to suggest to others. I was always able to provide lists of books which dealt with the classification of gender identity disorders, and texts rich with competing aetiological theories. There were also fascinating sociopolitical (including post-modern) expositions. The problem always came with recommending practical texts for everyday clinical use." - James Barrett, in the Preface.



Couples of Mixed HIV Status: Clinical Issues and Interventions

Written by R. Dennis Shelby and Nancy L. Beckerman. Routledge. 2005.

Previous books on this subject—mostly written in the days when HIV/AIDS was considered a fatal rather than a chronic disease—focused on end-of-life issues. However, Couples of Mixed HIV Status: Clinical Issues and Interventions addresses the unique emotional challenges facing today’s couples of mixed HIV status and provides a conceptual framework for assessment and intervention. The book offers examples of how to apply emotionally focused couple therapy to help them work through issues including disclosure, the fear of HIV transmission, shifts in emotional intimacy, family planning, betrayal, mistrust, and uncertainty. This unique work, its knowledge base, and the interventions you'll find inside, are applicable to any practitioner who provides couple and family therapy—as well as any practitioner who counsels around issues of chronic illness.

Couples of Mixed HIV Status provides therapists with a range of theoretical approaches to help mixed HIV status couples deal with their issues and concerns. It includes applications of couple therapy approaches that have proved to be particularly effective as well as case studies that demonstrate how different relationship variables may affect therapy. The book presents the findings of a research study involving 44 mixed HIV status couples in the Northeast and is generously illustrated with tables that make complex research results easy to access and understand.

Topics covered in Couples of Mixed HIV Status include:

  • various approaches to couples therapy
  • the historical context of HIV/AIDS
  • HIV transmission
  • family planning and HIV/AIDS
  • emotionally focused couple therapy
  • disclosure issues
  • attachment theory
  • and much more!

Couples of Mixed HIV Status: Clinical Issues and Interventions is a valuable resource for therapists and other mental health counselors working with today’s couples of mixed HIV status as well as for students of counseling and health related services. Readers who may be in a mixed HIV status relationship or those who are friends and family members of couples living with HIV will also find this book helpful.

Ties that Bind - The SM/Leather/Fetish Erotic Style. Issues, Commentaries, and Advice

Guy Baldwin, MS. Daedalus Publishing, 1993

Key Elements: The book is written for those men who have already undertaken leather/SM lifestyle and would like to additional insight into the leather/SM lifestyle.

The book is a collection of essays that the author previously published in magazines and journals (Drummer, Checkmate, The Leather Journal, Manifest Reader). It is divided into four parts that focus on different aspects of the leather/SM identity.

Part One: The Relationship Essays

Relationships with others, and self are discussed, how to maintain a romantic leather/SM relationship, group relationships, slave and master relationships, the role of the scene in a healthy relationship, and problem solving solutions are all covered.

Part Two: The Community Commentaries Essays
The importance of family, communities and interacting segments as part of a complete social network, also covered is being part of a group, the essays mention attire and norms for the leather/SM community, family, politics in the leather community, along with leather beauties and leather beast are covered.

Part Three: On Enhancing the SM Experience

Sexual communication, communicating about safer sex, sexual play, the exchanges between tops and bottoms, top behaviour, bottom behaviour, consent, communication and negotiation, recreational drug use, humiliation, punishment and guidelines for emotional safety when connecting with the SM scene and are covered.

Part Four: Catapulting towards Transformation
Pushing limits for bottoms, how bottoms out number tops and the reasons why and the spiritual element of SM are covered.

Understanding Non-Monogamies

Meg Barker and Darren Langdridge Ed.
Routledge 2009

Most social scientific work on intimate relationships has assumed a monogamous structure, or has considered anything other than monogamy only in the context of 'infidelity'. Yet, in recent years there has been a growing interest among researchers and the public in exploring various patterns of intimacy that involve open non-monogamy. This volume gathers contributions from academics, activists, and practitioners throughout the world to explore non-monogamous relationships. Featuring both empirical and theoretical pieces, contributors examine the history and cultural basis of various forms of non-monogamy, experiences of non-monogamous living, psychological under- standings of relationship patterns, language and emotion, the discursive construction of mono-normativity as well as issues of race, class, disability, sexuality and gender. This volume will be of interest to academics and practitio- ners working in the social sciences and anyone who is seeking greater insight into the intricacies of non-monogamous relationships.





We Are Family: Testimonies of Lesbian and Gay Parents

Turan Ali. Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. 1996.

An engrossing look at the reality of being lesbian or gay and a parent, the ways and means of achieving parenthood, and the benefits and challenges of pink parenting in 90s Britain. Based on original interviews with a broad cross-section of lesbian and gay parents, and their children, this account is proof positive that queer parents are making no "pretence" at creating successful new patterns of family relationships. Among the issues examined are: the taboos and myths that traditionally surround same-sex parenthood; artificial insemination; surrogate mothers; adoption and fostering; custody battles; what to tell the children; what to tell your neighbours; what kids think of their queer parents.

Relationship Therapy with Same Sex Couples

Jerry Bigner and Joseph L Wetchler
Routledge. 2004.

Relationship Therapy with Same-Sex Couples provides psychologists, therapists, social workers, and counselors with an overview of the array of treatment issues they may face when working with couples from the LGBT community. This book highlights the experiences of therapists who have encountered concerns particular to LGBT clients—especially those in intimate relationships. This intriguing resource covers clinical issues, sex therapy, special situations, and training issues for helping therapists successfully counsel same-sex couples.

Relationship Therapy with Same-Sex Couples explores the therapist’s role in working through universal issues in couples therapy—such as communication problems, infidelity, and decision-making—with a focus on how therapy should differ for same-sex couples. This important guide also identifies which problems are unique to couples as an aspect of their sexual orientation, including gender role socialization and societal oppression. With this book, you will be able provide appropriate therapy without over- or under-attributing a couple’s problems to their LGBT status.

This book shows how experienced therapists have developed methods for working with:

  • gay and lesbian parents
  • heterosexual spouses and ex-spouses
  • couples in HIV serodiscordant relationships
  • “lesbian bed death”
  • couple and family dynamics supporting transgender and sexual reassignment issues
  • and more!

Relationship Therapy with Same-Sex Couples contains several features for you to utilize in your own practice, including the Sexual Orientation Matrix for Supervision (SOMS) to assist supervisors and trainers in preparing supervisees to work with lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients. The book also offers guidelines for heterosexual therapists who plan to work with same-sex couples and how to overcome any residual homophobia or heterosexual guilt. Lastly, this essential sourcebook reviews several articles, book chapters, books, and Web sites that are relevant to same-sex couples and the therapists who work with them.

Conversations about Psychology and Sexual Orientation

Janis S. Bohan, Glenda M. Russell, et al.
New York University Press. 1999.

Based on the belief that thoughtful dialogue can engender positive change, this work explores the implications for psychology of both essentialist and social-constructionist understandings of sexual orientation. An introduction presenting basic theoretical frameworks is followed by three application sections dealing with clinical practice, research and theory, and public policy. In each, the discussion takes the form of a conversation, as the authors first consider essentialist and constructionist approaches to the topic under review. Scholars chosen for their particular fields of expertise then present their reponses to these thoughts.

My Gender Workbook

Kate Bornstein. Routledge, 1998

Key Elements:
This twelve chapter book contains questionnaires and quizzes to encourage the reader to question their own ideas and the personal perspective on gender. The particulars of the book are very original; among the original ideas is the 'gender- identity- power pyramid 'to help place gender in the context of other elements in our society like class, race, and economic status along with the role that these things play in shaping our identity. There is the 'perfectly gendered questionnaire' which encourages a 360 degree evaluation of gender. The book also covers related topic like spirituality, and expands on the importance of other related topics.

Chapter One: Welcome To Your Gender Workbook - a reflection on your gender ideas
Chapter Two: Solving The Gender Puzzle- the basics of sex and gender
Chapter Three: Who's On Top? - a test that reflects how perfectly gendered you may or may not be
Chapter Four: Be All That You Can Be! - living outside the laws of gender
Chapter Five: Fuck Your Gender- love, sex, desire, and gender
Chapter Six: Just Say No-looking at some of the parts that make up those ideas that police gender and what to reject
Chapter Seven: Just Say Yes- looking at some of the parts that make up those ideas that police gender and what to reject
Chapter Eight: Zen and the Art of Gender Maintenance-focuses on all of the identities that you are
Chapter Nine: The Playground-going back to childhood fun
Chapter Ten: Cautionary Interlude-reconnecting with the planet and looking at all of the self, both good and bad
Chapter Eleven: The Quiet Revolution- how to deal with the in revolution
that we are all a part of
Chapter Twelve: Okay, Now What- looking at what's next on the road to gender discovery

The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Men

Bill Brent. Cleis Press, 2002

Key Elements: Provides illustrations on the parts of the body and the positions used for anal sex along with tips needed to have good anal sex. The book also has exercises for the reader to learn more anal sex, explore the topic from different points of views and to enjoy anal sex.

Chapter One
- Not in My Ass: 12 Myths about Anal Sex for Men
The truth behind the twelve biggest myths about anal sex for men
Chapter Two - How It Works and How to Work It: Anatomy and Exercise
The workings of the anorectal anatomy with diagrams and explanations of the anus, the anal sphincter muscles, the perineal muscles, also has a description and summaries of the functions of the rectum , anal canal, prostate gland, the colon, the large intestines, with techniques and exercises on how to keep them in shape, with information on how to massage the prostate gland. The female G-spot and double penetration
Chapter Three - Self-Exploration and Self Play: Massage, Masturbation, and More
Self-exploration with fingers and tools
Chapter Four - Hygiene and Diet
Basic hygiene and diet, step by step advice and devices used for rinsing
Chapter Five - Communication
How to open verbal communication can increase the likelihood of satisfying anal sex (also includes discussing safer sex and degree of risk issues)
Chapter Six - Latex and Lube
Latex and polyurethane, condoms, and lubricants
Chapter Seven - Tools and Toys
Toys, and what makes a good anal sex toy (includes varieties of butt plugs, dildos, oral beads, and vibrators)
Chapter Eight - Tongue in Cheek: Analingus
The tongue and anal sex plus health risks to consider
Chapter Nine - Penetration
Suggestions for the insertive partner and suggestions for the receptive partner with illustrations on positions for anal sex
Chapter Ten - Fisting
Myths about fisting, information for the insertive partner, and the receptive partner
Chapter Eleven - Extreme Sex: S/M, Gender Play, Festishes, Piss Play, and Scat Play
S/M and anal play - how to negotiate, gender play, electrical play, piss play, and the health risk associated with them
Chapter Twelve - Recreational Drugs and Sex
Recreational drugs - alcohol, cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana, poppers, methamphetamine
Chapter Thirteen - Anal Health
Anal irritations, hemorrhoids, anal fissures, anal fistulas, STD, Chlamydia, epididymitis, prostatitis, gonorrhea, hepatitis, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, herpes, HIV, venereal warts, anal sex, pregnancy, and your anal health and well being
Chapter Fourteen - Resources
A list of books, magazines,videos, etc.

Counseling Same Sex Couples

Douglas Carl
W.W. Norton & Co. 1991.

This practical book on counselling focuses on the reality of homosexual relationships in a hostile world and on the essential issues for same-sex couples. Among the topics covered are systematic interventions, special problems, parenting, AIDS and substance abuse.

Counseling Sexual and Gender Minorities

Lynne Carroll
W.W. Norton & Co. 1991.

A practical, accessible, and comprehensive resource on counseling sexual and gender minorities, this text offers readers broad and inclusive coverage of current theory, research, and counseling applications for use with sexual and gender minority clients. With an emphasis on applying theory to practice, the book contains experimental learning activities, practical resources, current strategies, and interdisciplinary insights, making this text a vital resource for those students seeking complete training in gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender counseling issues.

Since one of the most essential areas for counselors to focus on is understanding the helping professional as “person,” Counseling Sexual and Gender Minorities includes a chapter devoted solely to stimulating students to explore their own beliefs, and attitudes towards sexual and gender minorities. In addition, personal exploration exercises throughout the book develop and facilitate this internal investigation and aid readers in recognizing their own fears or phobias and the barriers that people commonly experience in terms of counseling sexual and gender minorities.

In addition, author Lynne Carroll explores ways that the unique intersections of race, ethnicity, religion, disability and socioeconomic status shape gender and sexual minorities. Specifically, this text includes coverage of issues related to sexual health and employment and workplace discrimination and the role of helping professionals as advocates for sexual and gender minorities.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer Psychology: An Introduction

Victoria Clarke, Sonja J. Ellis, Elizabeth Peel and Damien W. Riggs
Cambridge University Press. 2010.

This exciting and engaging textbook introduces students to the psychology of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer lives and experiences. It covers a broad range of topics including diversity, prejudice, health, relationships, parenting and lifespan experiences from youth to old age. The book includes 'key researcher' boxes, which outline the contributions of significant individuals and their motivations for conducting their research in their own words. Key issues and debates are discussed throughout the book, and questions for discussion and classroom exercises help students reflect critically and apply their learning. There are extensive links to further resources and information, as well as 'gaps and absences' sections, indicating major limitations of research in a particular area. This is the essential textbook for anyone studying LGBTQ psychology, psychology of sexuality or related courses. It is also a useful supplement to courses on gender and developmental psychology.

Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Identities over the Lifespan: Psychological Perspectives

Anthony R. D'Augelli and Charlotte J. Patterson
OUP USA. 1996.

Over the last fifteen years, psychological research regarding sexual orientation has seen explosive growth. In this book, Anthony R. D'Augelli and Charlotte J. Patterson bring together top experts to offer a comprehensive overview of what we have discovered - and what we still need to learn - about lesbian, gay, and bisexual identities. Writing in clear, nontechnical language, the contributors cover a range of topics, including conceptions of sexual identity, development over the lifespan, family and other personal relationships, parenting, and bigotry and discrimination. Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identities Over the Lifespan is essential reading for researchers, students, social scientists, mental health practitioners, and general readers who seek the most up-to-date and authoritative treatment of the subject available.

Sexuality: A Biopsychosocial Approach

Dr. Chess Denman
Palgrave Macmillan. 2003.

Of interest to psychotherapists and counsellors of all kinds, this text describes key issues and controversies in human sexuality as they present in therapy practice. The author uses the biopsychosocial approach to human behaviour to analyze sexual behaviour, object choice, transgendered experience, sexual problems, transgressive sex and sex therapy. Issues of sexuality in the consulting room, including transference and countertransference, are discussed and, throughout, therapeutic approaches to sexual problems are presented. The human capacity for inventive imagining is presented as an important force for beneficial change and, in relation to sexuality, discussed in terms of the 'erotic imagination'.

Psychoanalytic Therapy and The Gay Man

Jack Drescher
Routledge. 2001.

Do the conventional insights of depth psychology have anything to offer the gay patient? Can contemporary psychoanalytic theory be used to make sense of gay identities in ways that are helpful rather than hurtful, respectful rather than retraumatizing? In Psychoanalytic Therapy and the Gay Man Jack Drescher addresses these very questions as he outlines a therapeutic approach to issues of sexual identity that is informed by traditional therapeutic goals (such as psychological integration and more authentic living) while still respecting, even honoring, variations in sexual orientation.

Drescher's exploration of the subjectivities of gay men in psychoanalytic psychotherapy is more than a long-overdue corrective to the inadequate and often pathologizing tomes of traditional psychoanalytic writers. It is a vitally human testament to the richly varied inner experiences of gay men. Drescher does not assume that sexual orientation is the entire or even major focus of intensive psychotherapy. But he does argue, passionately and convincingly, that issues of sexual identity - which encompass a spectrum of possibilities for any gay man - must be addressed in an atmosphere of honest encounter that allows not only for exploration of conflict and dissociation but also for restitutive confirmation of the patient's right to be himself.

Through its abundance of first-person testimony from both clinical and literary sources, Psychoanalytic Therapy and the Gay Man provides the reader with an unforgettable grasp of what it is like to discover that one is gay in our society and then to find the courage and humanity to live with that knowledge. Any mental health professional - regardless of his or her sexual orientation - who wishes to deal therapeutically with gay men will find Drescher's work indispensable. But it will also be compelling reading for anyone seeking psychological insight into gay men's lives and concerns.

Ex-Gay Research: Analyzing the Spitzer Study and Relation to Science, Religion, Politics and Culture

Jack Drescher, MD and Kenneth Zucker, PhD
Routledge. 2006.

Defenders and critics of the controversial Spitzer study analyze its methodologies and findings

In 2001, Robert L. Spitzer, MD, presented his study on sexual conversion therapy with its controversial findings that some homosexuals can change their sexual orientation. The resulting media sensation and political firestorm enraged the study’s critics and emboldened its supporters. Ex-Gay Research: Analyzing the Spitzer Study and Its Relation to Science, Religion, Politics, and Culture presents leading experts examining Spitzer’s research methodology and findings to discern whether the study itself deserves deeper consideration or outright dismissal. Every facet of the study is reviewed to discuss the positive or negative aspects of the results, its significance in political and social terms, and the implications for the future.

Dr. Spitzer himself was an instrumental figure in the American Psychiatric Association's decision in 1973 to remove homosexuality as a mental illness listing from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-III. His later study that states that in some individuals, homosexuality may be more fluid than previously thought stirred controversy in the psychiatric community and society at large. His study is presented here to allow the reader to evaluate and consider it for themselves. Leading experts then voice their own pro or con views on the methodology and findings. Ex-Gay Research: Analyzing the Spitzer Study and Its Relation to Science, Religion, Politics, and Culture fearlessly illustrates the sometimes fuzzy boundary between science and politics, courageously spotlighting the culture wars now dividing our society.

Ex-Gay Research: Analyzing the Spitzer Study and Its Relation to Science, Religion, Politics, and Culture discusses:

  • the ex-gay movement
  • the nature of scientific inquiry
  • the relationship between science and politics
  • the results of sexual conversion therapies
  • gay and lesbian rights

Ex-Gay Research: Analyzing the Spitzer Study and Its Relation to Science, Religion, Politics, and Culture is essential reading for sex researchers, mental health professionals, pastoral counselors, political activists, and any person asking if one can truly “change” his or her homosexuality.

The Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy Treatment Planner

J. M. Evosevich and Michael Avriette
John Wiley & Sons. 2000.

Features pre–written treatment plan components (behavioral definitions, long–term goals, short–term objectives, therapeutic interventions, and DSM–IV diagnoses) for special problems faced by gay and lesbian clients. This planner includes coverage of issues such as helping gay and lesbian clients cope with adoption, abusive partners, coming–out, hate crimes, internalized homophobia, rape, religious shame, AIDS/HIV, suicidal ideation, etc. Psychologists, counselors, therapists, and other professionals who work with gay and lesbian clients will find this planner invaluable.

Transgender Warriors (Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman)

Leslie Fienberg. Beacon Press, 1996

Key Elements: This body of work takes a historical, multicultural, and personal, approach to the issues of gender and those that have fought to change society's perception of gender. The book also includes an International Gender Bill of Rights, a list of transgender organisations and publications. There are pictures throughout the book that document the transgender journey historically and culturally.

Part One: The author's personal history and other early transgender histories

Chapter One - The Journey Begins
Chapter Two
- My Path to Consciousness
Chapter Three
- The Give Away
Chapter Four
- They Called Her 'Hommasse'

Part Two: Transgendered multicultural identities around the world

Chapter Five - Our Second Past
Chapter Six -  Bigotry Began
Chapter Seven -  They Had Slaves!
Chapter Eight
- Natural Becomes 'Unnatural'

Part Three: Transgender warriors throughout history and transgender pioneers

Chapter Nine - 'Holy War' against Trans People
Chapter Ten - Leading the Change
Chapter Eleven- Not Just Passing

Part Four: The spiritual elements of the intersexed identity

Chapter Twelve - From Germany to Stonewall
Chapter Thirteen - To Be or Not to Be
Chapter Fourteen - Sisterhood: Make It Real!
Chapter Fifteen - Making History

Part Five: The Portrait Gallery

Lesbians and Psychoanalysis: Revolutions in Theory and Practice

Edited by Judith M. Glassgold
Simon and Schuster. 1995.

Psychoanalytic theories of lesbian development epitomize the difficulty in liberating psychoanalysis from the past. Psychoanalytic theory has traditionally adopted a clear position that a lesbian orientation represented some form of psychological abnormality. Thankfully-- but only very recently-- some influential feminist leaders have begun to rethink issues of gender and sexual orientation, removing heterosexuality from its privileged position as normal. In "Lesbians and Psychoanalysis", Judith M. Glassgold and Suzanne Iasenza bring together twenty-six of these pioneers in the field of lesbian psychoanalytic theory. Through insightful chapters based on years of clinical experience, each author helps to redefine psychoanalytic theory by reinventing its foundations from an affirmative perspective so that it better represents all peoples.

"Lesbians and Psychoanalysis" addresses several topics of emerging concern including multicultural diversity, self-disclosure, homophobia, transference/countertransference issues, bisexuality, and the changing nature of lesbian sexuality. In addition, the authors examine the influence of stigma on human development. In three sections-- Past, Present, and Future-- the authors in turn critique past theory, discuss current issues in therapy, and describe new directions in theory and practice. This is a book that is sure to appeal not only to members of the psychoanalytic community but also to all those who are interested in gay and lesbian studies, feminism, and psychology.

Another Mother Tongue: Gay Words, Gay Worlds

Judy Grahn
Beacon Press. 1991. 


 It is a luminous tapestry uniting strands of cultural history, folklore, the queer collective unconscious and autobiography, woven with superlative skill in which is recounted everything of importance about us as a people: who we are, where we've come from, and why we are special. The author develops her thesis that, as queers, we are heir to a special office of great antiquity and critical import. We queers are the standers on the Threshold and keepers of the Gate. It is to those like ourselves that civilizations and societies locked in the throes of radical transformation turn, as though to a physician to assure a painless and quiet death for the old and as though to midwives to attend the safe birth of that which is new.

The product of over a decade of research, the author has done nothing less than retrieve our entire suppressed history, our folklore, our pantheons of deities and demons, our spiritual heritage and its lineages and our glorious language - another mother tongue.


Couple Therapy with Gay Men

David E. Greenan and Gil Tunnell
Guilford Press. 2002.

This book illuminates the unique needs of gay male couples in therapy and provides a practical framework for clinical intervention. The authors review the basic principles of structural family therapy and guide therapists in adapting treatment goals and interventions to better serve gay clients. Addressed are the universal issues faced by all couples in therapy, gay and straight, as well as the particular challenges gay men face in building nurturing, intimate relationships in a homophobic society. Extensive case examples and session transcripts are used to illustrate effective strategies for helping clients affirm the strength of their union, even in the absence of familial and social support; learn to resolve differences constructively; and overcome culturally conditioned barriers to connection and trust.

Ethnic and Cultural Diversity among Lesbians and Gay Men

Beverly Greene
Sage Publications. 1997.

A broad range of culture-related topics specific to the lesbian and gay community are explored in this volume. Along with empirical, clinical and theoretical discussions, personal narrative offers poignant insight into additional complexities, pressures and losses that lesbians and gay men must cope with in a world that often handles diversity with bigotry.


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