Research shows that LGBTQ individuals seek therapy at higher rates than the general population, and yet there is a lack of effective, evidence-based treatment support for the unique challenges facing LGBTQ individuals. This workbook changes that by presenting cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques that directly respond to the distinct stressors facing LGBTQ individuals. LGBTQ-affirmative Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is the first mental health treatment designed by and for LGBTQ individuals to have been tested in randomized controlled trials.
Transdiagnostic LGBTQ-Affirmative Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Client Workbook is designed to enhance mental wellbeing and help you with a broad range of mental health challenges, such as depression, anxiety, substance use problems, and psychological distress. Using the exercises, quizzes, and worksheets you will learn how to monitor your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors; confront uncomfortable emotions; and learn more effective ways of coping with your experiences. It can be used individually, or in addition to the complementary Therapist Guide in a therpeautic setting. This workbook provides essential tools for helping you to effectively respond to mental health challenges in an effective, identity-affirming way.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: About This Treatment
Chapter 2: Emotional Difficulties and LGBTQ-Related Stress
Chapter 3: Learning to Record Your Experiences
Chapter 4: Module 1: Setting Goals and Building Motivation for LGBTQ-Affirmative Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Chapter 5: Module 2: Understanding the Nature and Emotional Impact of LGBTQ-Related Stress
Chapter 6: Module 3: Understanding and Tracking LGBTQ-Related Stress and Emotional Experiences
Chapter 7: Module 4: Increasing Mindful Awareness of LGBTQ-Related Stress Reactions
Chapter 8: Module 5: Increasing Cognitive Flexibility
Chapter 9: Module 6: Countering Emotional Behaviors
Chapter 10: Module 7: Experimenting With New Reactions to LGBTQ-Related Stress
Chapter 11: Module 8: Emotion Exposures for Countering LGBTQ-Related Stress
Chapter 12: Module 9: Recognizing Accomplishments and Looking to the Future
About the Authors:
John Pachankis, Ph.D. is the Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry at Yale and Director of Yale's LGBTQ Mental Health Initiative. His research examines the mental health of LGBTQ populations globally and the efficacy of LGBTQ-affirmative mental health interventions. He has published 150+ scientific papers on LGBTQ mental health and stigma and recently co-edited the Handbook of Evidence-Based Mental Health Practice with Sexual and Gender Minorities published by Oxford University Press.
Audrey Harkess, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami. Her research focuses on mental health of LGBTQ populations, including mental health in the context of HIV prevention and treatment, mental health disparities and equity, and Latino/a/x LGBTQ communities in particular.
Skyler Jackson, Ph.D. is an Associate Research Scientist at Yale School of Public Health. As an award-winning researcher and psychologist, his work examines how experiences of stigma-if not adequately coped with-interfere with psychological functioning and contribute to health disparities. In particular, much of his published work helps illuminate the complex role of intersectional stigma in shaping the everyday lives and health outcomes of LGBTQ people of color.
Steven Safren Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology and Cooper Fellow at the University of Miami (UM) in the Department of Psychology. He is also Director of the UM Center for HIV and Research in Mental Health (CHARM). For over 20 years, Dr. Safren has studied behavioral health related to sexual and gender minorities, much of which in the context of HIV prevention and treatment, both domestically and globally. He is a leading expert in cognitive behavioral therapy, has been the editor of the journal “Cognitive and Behavioral Practice”, and has published over 400 peer-reviewed papers in his field.