LGBTIQ+ people are more likely than cisgender and heterosexual people to suffer with mental health issues, yet often have poorer therapeutic outcomes. Mainstream Eurocentric psychotherapeutic theories, developed largely by heterosexual, cisgender and white theorists tend to see LGBTIQ+ individuals as a singular group through this “othered” lens. Despite the undeniable value offered by many of these theories, they and those who use them – queer therapists included – can often pathologise, marginalise, miss, misunderstand, and diminish the flourishing and diverse diaspora of British queer lives.
Over fifteen chapters editor and psychotherapist Jane Czyzselska speaks with practitioners from diverse modalities and lived experiences as well as some clients, exploring some of the unique challenges encountered by therapists and clients alike in a world that continues to marginalise queer lives, and re-thinking ways to address them.
The contributors to Queering Psychotherapy begin to address some of the gaps in the field’s thinking and literature. Chapters include MJ Barker’s reflections on how therapists can unwittingly reinforce normativity, Robert Downes’ deep explorations into queer shame and Jane Czyzselska’s reflections on lesbian erasure.
With key insights presented in punchy prose and in a dynamic conversational format, readers will feel as if they are eavesdropping on therapists as they share their personal and professional knowledge and reflections, making this book invaluable training in itself.
About the Editor:
Jane Czyzselska is a psychotherapist, counsellor, writer and journalist. She is the former editor of the LGBTIQ+ magazine DIVA (2004-2017) and currently works with LGBTIQ+ clients in private practice.