Affirmative Psychotherapy with Bisexual Women and Bisexual Men

By Ronald C. Fox

© 2006 – Routledge

208 pages

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About the Book

Learn the latest practical—and bisexually affirmative—approaches to helping bisexual clients

Clinical work with bisexual clients has conceptually shifted beyond the exclusive emphasis on either straight or lesbian and gay issues. There are still, however, too few psychotherapists who provide affirmative psychotherapy specific to bisexual concerns. Affirmative Psychotherapy with Bisexual Women and Bisexual Men addresses the issues of bisexuals with an accepting and affirmative perspective, providing therapists with the latest viewpoints, strategies, and research to effectively treat bisexual clients. Leading authorities with affirmative-to-bisexuals perspectives discuss problems specific to bisexuals and their lifestyles, with an eye toward providing practical, effective therapy. Unique bisexual lifestyle concerns are examined, such as transgender issues, polyamory, older bisexual women and men, and cultural differences, while providing an emphasis on cultivating well-being and a sense of community in bisexual clients.

Affirmative Psychotherapy with Bisexual Women and Bisexual Men sensitively avoids the double standard long held by therapists clinically treating heterosexual or lesbian and gay individuals, showing that an affirmative viewpoint is valid and crucial for the effective treatment of bisexuals. This source clearly explains practical strategies and discusses the latest research on bisexual issues such as age, culture, heterosexual and bisexual mixed couples, and the polyamorous lifestyle with appropriate acceptance and understanding. The book also explores useful ways to develop successful health and support services specific to bisexual needs.

Topics in Affirmative Psychotherapy with Bisexual Women and Bisexual Men include:

  • affirmative psychotherapy techniques specific to bisexual women and bisexual men
  • need for validation of bisexuality
  • ways for clients to come to terms with their bisexuality
  • practical value—and shortcomings—of the main therapeutic schools in providing effective psychotherapy
  • transgender bisexuality, with illustrative case studies
  • needs and issues of African-American bisexual clients
  • bisexual aging issues
  • counseling heterosexual spouses of bisexual women and men
  • therapy approaches for clients who are bisexual and polyamorous
  • recognizing and addressing the specific needs of different sub-groups of bisexual people
  • and more!

Affirmative Psychotherapy with Bisexual Women and Bisexual Men is a crucial addition to the literature of bisexual psychotherapy and is invaluable to counselors, psychotherapists, marriage and family therapists, social workers, psychiatrists, sex therapists, researchers, and educators in the fields of psychology, sociology, anthropology, sexuality, sex education, adolescent and adult development, and community mental health.

Table of Contents

About the Contributors. Fox, Affirmative Psychotherapy with Bisexual Women and Bisexual Men: An Introduction. Bradford, Affirmative Psychotherapy with Bisexual Women. Goetstouwers, Affirmative Psychotherapy with Bisexual Men. Embaye, Affirmative Psychotherapy with Bisexual Transgender People. Scott, Promoting Well-being: An Ecology of Intervening with African-American Bisexual Clients. Keppel, Affirmative Psychotherapy with Older Bisexual Women and Men. Buxton, Counseling Heterosexual Spouses of Bisexual Men and Women and Bisexual-Heterosexual Couples: Affirmative Approaches. Weitzman, Therapy with Clients Who Are Bisexual and Polyamorous. Ebin, Wagenen, Developing Successful Sexual Health and Support Services for Bisexual People: Lessons Learned from the BiHealth Program. Index. Reference Notes Included.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOC012000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gay Studies
SOC032000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies