Psychotherapy for lesbians: The influence of therapist sexuality

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Authors: Ryden, J. and Loewenthal, D.

Journal: Counselling and Psychotherapy Research

Volume: 1

Pages: 42-52

ISSN: 1473-3145

DOI: 10.1080/14733140112331385248

This study explored the influence of therapist sexuality upon lesbian experiences of therapy, and particularly the influence of marginal and dominant discourses within the process. It is argued that explorations of discourses of sexuality should be a necessary feature of a psychotherapist's training. A postmodern feminist methodology - Bungay and Keddy's adaptation of Reinharz's experiential analysis - was used in the study. This method involved triangulation of interview, literature analysis and reflective diary methods, with analysis drawing upon a discourse analytic perspective. Two sites of contradiction were explored, indicating the possible emergence of resistant lesbian discourses against the dominant patriarchal, heterosexist and homophobic discourses. The study illustrates the discursive and contextual nature of psychotherapy with lesbians.

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Authors: Ryden, J. and Loewenthal, D.

Journal: Counselling and Psychotherapy Research

Volume: 1

Issue: 1

Pages: 42-52

eISSN: 1746-1405

ISSN: 1473-3145

DOI: 10.1080/14733140112331385248

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy This study explored the influence of therapist sexuality upon lesbian experiences of therapy, and particularly the influence of marginal and dominant discourses within the process. It is argued that explorations of discourses of sexuality should be a necessary feature of a psychotherapist's training. A postmodern feminist methodology — Bungay and Keddy's adaptation of Reinharz's experiential analysis — was used in the study. This method involved triangulation of interview, literature analysis and reflective diary methods, with analysis drawing upon a discourse analytic perspective. Two sites of contradiction were explored, indicating the possible emergence of resistant lesbian discourses against the dominant patriarchal, heterosexist and homophobic discourses. The study illustrates the discursive and contextual nature of psychotherapy with lesbians.

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