from a therapists point of view
Katherine E. Wunder, Licensed Professional Counselor
Since many people are unfamiliar with counseling, I have prepared this chapter
to help you know what to expect if you choose to work with a counselor or therapist.
Included in this chapter are facts on what both the American Psychiatric Association
and the American Psychological Association term lesbians and gay men, and information
from research Ive done regarding lesbians and gay mens counseling
What do the mental health associations say about lesbians?
It has been estimated that one in ten individuals is gay or lesbian. That means
that out of one million people, at least 100,000 are gay. Other sources say two
in ten is a more accurate depiction of our numbers. Whatever percentage is correct,
it shows that there are millions of gay people who are making contributions to
societies around the world.
In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association
declared that homosexuality was no longer considered a mental illness, and in
1975 the American Psychological Association followed suit.
twins has shown there may be a genetic component, but not in all cases, and studies
of the brain have shown some slight differences between gay and straight men.
There is still no conclusive evidence on what causes sexual orientation. More
and more it is thought to have a genetic component, and the fact remains that
there have been gay people throughout history.
Your options for counseling
You may go to a private therapist or a community mental health center.
There are many pros and cons to both depending upon your needs. If you work during
the day, evening appointments fit better with your schedule. Some private therapists
offer this service, but most agencies do not. If you are interested in or have
been recommended to use group therapy, community mental health centers have this
option while private therapists may or may not run groups...
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