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Gay Affirmative Therapy for the Straight Clinician: The Essential Guide

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An important read for therapists-in-training as well as clinicians working with gay and lesbian clients." (Laura Berman, LCSW, PhD, author of The Passion Presciption: 10 Weeks to Your Best Sex Ever) REVIEW: Avoiding politically correct sermonizing[,]....Refreshingly direct and clinically practical, this is one of the most readable and nuanced books about therapy. (Jette Simon, Clinical Psychologist and Director, The Washington D.C. Training Institute for Couples Therapy) REVIEW: The book's value...is its humanization of therapy, challenging us to face our demons and accept the fact of difference. (Harville Hendrix, PhD, co-founder of Imago Relationship Therapy, and author of Receiving Love: Transform Your Relationship By Letting Yourself Be Loved)

Avoiding politically correct sermonizing[,]....Refreshingly direct and clinically practical, this is one of the most readable and nuanced books about therapy.

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Avoiding politically correct sermonizing[,]....Refreshingly direct and clinically practical, this is one of the most readable and nuanced books about therapy.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (March 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393704971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393704976
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Joe Kort, PhD, LMSW is an openly gay psychotherapist. Dr. Kort specializes in clinical sexology providing sex therapy, IMAGO Relationship Therapy for gay, lesbian and heterosexual couples, gay affirmative therapy, Out-of-Control Sexual Behaviors (OCSB) and childhood sexual abuse.

Dr. Kort is the author of:

"10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do To Improve Their Lives" published by Magnus Books

"10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do To Find Real Love" published by Magnus Books

"Gay Affirmative Therapy for the Straight Clinician: The Essential Guide" published by Norton
Books.

"Is My Husband Gay, Straight or Bi?: A Guide for Women Concerned About Their Men" published by Rowman and Littlefield

He facilitates IMAGO Relationship Therapy weekend workshops for couples based on the book, "Getting The Love You Want: A Guide for Couples" and Singles "Keeping The Love You Find: A Guide for Singles", by Dr. Harville Hendrix.

Dr. Kort also facilitate workshops for men on sexuality, sexual behavior, sexual fantasies and sexual intimacy.

For more information go to www.JoeKort.com

Customer Reviews

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor D. Payson on June 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Joe Kort's powerful book sheds light on the great suffering that has been imposed on those of a different sexual orientation and he offers the understanding and guidance (whether we are therapists or not) to help in the healing of this suffering. Kort walks the reader through the many confused, conflicted and prejudicial constructs that have played a role in what he aptly calls "covert cultural sexual abuse," sensitizing the reader to the impact of this abuse on the lives of so many. With clarity and constructive wisdom he educates the straight therapist towards a more informed, compassionate and supportive role when working with the gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered client. This book is a must read for all straight therapists.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sally K. Palaian on October 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is invaluable for straight peoole who counsel the gay and lesbian population. It provided very useful information and gave me a new openness and compassion for psychological issues faced by gays/lesbians. There's clinical information, case studies, and it's written in a very easy to understand language. Thank you for this important book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tammy Nelson on April 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Joe Kort's book is a well written, well rounded and thoroughly researched text on how to treat gay couples. All therapists can benefit from this book. The case examples are perfect illustrations and the research is timely and up to date. I would like to note that for the reader there is a warning from the author to the straight clinician that regardless of how good our intentions are, we may have been doing this work all wrong. I think the author may be right.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen August on July 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book brings together a comprehensive history, case studies, ideas and positions of the LGBT community as they have emerged over the years. Joe's book speaks to the many aspects of the lives of gay and lesbian individuals and how therapists can effectively help with trauma experienced in early years, the coming out process, helping families cope and understand their gay or lesbian family member to name but a few. Joe presents rich detailed guidance to those in the helping professions. An impressive framework for making sense of diversity. How refreshing to read such a well informed non-pathologizing clinical piece of work. I recommend this book to any psychotherapist called to work with LGBT clients. I tip my hat to you once again Joe - job well done! Kathie August, MA
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By history buff on February 9, 2015
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Excellent book for psychotherapists! I don't ever expect to practice Gay Affirmative Therapy as a regular course of my practice, but even in the Bible Belt where I live, I have had a few clients who were gay, lesbian or transgender. There aren't always GAT therapists available to refer or even GLBT advocacy/support organizations, or welcoming religious congregations. Same Sex marriage remains illegal where I live. I realized I needed more familiarity with this. Covert cultural sexual abuse and its consequences were particularly helpful. He includes lots of case studies to illustrate points of all kinds. He doesn't get on rants about any anti GLBT positions. I am a licensed therapist but also a ordained Protestant minister and I do not feel attacked by the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ellen M. Noon on May 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is significant book. Breaks down stereotypical perspective on what it means to be gay. Great for therapists as well as the lay man/woman.
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