Sexuality in the Therapeutic Relationship: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the Experiences of Gay Therapists

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/604602
Title:
Sexuality in the Therapeutic Relationship: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the Experiences of Gay Therapists
Authors:
Porter, James; Hulbert-Williams, Lee; Chadwick, Darren
Abstract:
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) clients have reported experiencing heterosexist/homophobic attitudes from heterosexual therapists, but this has seldom been discussed for gay therapists. Such experiences could impact the therapeutic process and a gay therapist’s willingness to self-disclose their sexuality. Self- disclosure of sexuality can be therapeutically beneficial for LGBTQ or heterosexual clients. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with seven gay male therapists and analyzed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Five themes emerged: affinity for work- ing with LGBTQ clients, heterosexual males’ resistance to the therapeutic process, the impact of homophobia within the therapeu- tic relationship, empathy through shared humanity, and utilizing therapist sexuality as a tool within the therapeutic relationship.
Affiliation:
University of Wolverhampton; University of Chester
Citation:
Porter, J., Hulbert-Williams, L., & Chadwick, D. (2015). Sexuality in the Therapeutic Relationship: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the Experiences of Gay Therapists. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 19(2), 165–183. DOI: 10.1080/19359705.2014.957882
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Journal:
Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health
Publication Date:
17-Oct-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/604602
DOI:
10.1080/19359705.2014.957882
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19359705.2014.957882
Type:
Preprint
Language:
en
Description:
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health on 17/10/2014 date, available online: DOI: 10.1080/19359705.2014.957882
EISSN:
1935-9713
Appears in Collections:
Psychology

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorPorter, Jamesen
dc.contributor.authorHulbert-Williams, Leeen
dc.contributor.authorChadwick, Darrenen
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-06T09:00:51Zen
dc.date.available2016-04-06T09:00:51Zen
dc.date.issued2014-10-17en
dc.identifier.citationPorter, J., Hulbert-Williams, L., & Chadwick, D. (2015). Sexuality in the Therapeutic Relationship: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the Experiences of Gay Therapists. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 19(2), 165–183. DOI: 10.1080/19359705.2014.957882en
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/19359705.2014.957882en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/604602en
dc.descriptionThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health on 17/10/2014 date, available online: DOI: 10.1080/19359705.2014.957882en
dc.description.abstractLesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) clients have reported experiencing heterosexist/homophobic attitudes from heterosexual therapists, but this has seldom been discussed for gay therapists. Such experiences could impact the therapeutic process and a gay therapist’s willingness to self-disclose their sexuality. Self- disclosure of sexuality can be therapeutically beneficial for LGBTQ or heterosexual clients. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with seven gay male therapists and analyzed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Five themes emerged: affinity for work- ing with LGBTQ clients, heterosexual males’ resistance to the therapeutic process, the impact of homophobia within the therapeu- tic relationship, empathy through shared humanity, and utilizing therapist sexuality as a tool within the therapeutic relationship.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19359705.2014.957882en
dc.subjectGayen
dc.subjectLGBTQen
dc.subjectTherapyen
dc.subjectSelf-disclosureen
dc.subjectSexualityen
dc.subjectPsychotherapyen
dc.titleSexuality in the Therapeutic Relationship: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the Experiences of Gay Therapistsen
dc.typePreprinten
dc.identifier.eissn1935-9713en
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Wolverhampton; University of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Healthen
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